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St Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal Annalise Murphy  in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

When President Michael D Higgins looked up from his grandstand seat on O’Connell Street as the Dublin St Patrick’s Day parade got under way, he might (...)

Pictured taking part in the Limerick city parade was Mairead Purcell, age 1 and a half with CBS Pipe Band Limerick. Photograph: Oisin McHugh/True Media

Hundreds of thousands of people attended St Patrick’s Day parades across the country despite wet weather and stormy conditions which led to some march(...)

The earliest parades around Ireland got the best weather. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The west Kerry parish that is the nearest to New York, Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts, stole a march on the rest of the country with its St Pat(...)

Call your kitty into service with the phrase, ‘Mallacht mo chait ort’ – My cat’s curse upon you. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

One question I am sometimes asked as a native Irish speaker is why Irish has no swear words or slang associated with it. The answer of course is that(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks at a St Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Naval Observatory  in Washington, DC, on March 16, 2017.  Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Nothing illustrates the absurd and tortured way we do electoral reform in this country like Enda Kenny’s purported announcement last weekend that emig(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch of the ‘Succeed in Ireland’ initiative in 2012. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish people around the world will today enjoy St Patrick’s Day, a celebration of Irish culture, people and the impact we have had on the world. Iris(...)

President Donald Trump, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  House Speaker Paul Ryan  after the annual Friends of Ireland lunch in Washington. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has moved to quell the concerns of undocumented Irish people living in the US after his meeting with President Trump. Mr Kenny s(...)

The president meets the Taoiseach: Donald Trump and Enda Kenny after a “Friends of Ireland” lunch in Washington. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Enda Kenny has invited US president Donald Trump to visit Ireland during his presidency, in a move that could be one of the defining decisions of hi(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Washington on Thursday: elected a TD in 1975, he was in a better position than most to do something about the horrors that continued in his time. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

For a people renowned for nostalgia, we Irish sure know how to move on. We travelled from shame to pride within a week. Having stopped to consider ou(...)

The Taoiseach has announced a referendum will be held on extending voting rights in presidential elections to the Irish abroad – an announcement that (...)

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