Theresa May and Leo Varadkar arrive for their bi-lateral meeting in Downing Street. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Leo Varadkar beamed as he walked into the oak-panelled state dining room at 10 Downing Street to face the press with Theresa May. It was not just h(...)

John Slattery and Brian Cox in Churchill

In the days before the Normandy landing, British prime minister Winston Churchill retrieves his hat along a blustery coastline before uttering some of(...)

A visitor kisses the Blarney Stone. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It may be most famous for Blarney Castle but now locals in the historic Co Cork village have come together to show there is more to “a load of old Bla(...)

George Bernard Shaw: “Shavian” (to rhyme with “avian”)

Why are the people of Cork called “Corkonians”? Why not just “Corkians”, which would save time and energy? Or to further apply Occam’s Razor, why not (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “The arguments for keeping him are not even a minority sport in Fine Gael.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The firm expectation in Government circles and the wider political world around Leinster House and its environs is that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will anno(...)

Winston Churchill: “to jaw-jaw is better than to war-war”. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Never mind the great scone divide, which we were discussing here yesterday. The most profound disagreement about pronunciation in the English language(...)

 George Bernard Shaw on a visit in Los Angeles answering questions from the American journalists around him. Photograph:  Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

As we contend with the seeming war against the free press that certain American politicians have embarked on, it might be prudent to revisit George Be(...)

‘The best that might happen in the next election is that the Tweedledum and Tweedledee of Irish politics finally form a coalition government, rather than repeat the present nonsense.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

It is not just an Irish political crisis. But how we vote at the next election, and what we demand from our politicians, can still make a big differen(...)

Proinnsias O’Duinn conducts Our Lady’s Choral Society’s 21st annual performance of ‘Messiah on the Street’ on Fishamble Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

In fast-moving modern times, tradition can often be seen to be less important than progress and innovation. Indeed, it may be seen as holding back pro(...)

Visitors to Phoenix Park can appreciate the impressive beauty and productivity of the Ashtown Victorian kitchen garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

In a world where many of us don’t have the space or opportunity to garden in the traditional sense, it’s our public parks that provide that vital nour(...)

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