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Larry Kelly at the New Jewish Home in Manhattan on July 14th. Larry got the virus just as the pandemic hit New York, and his personal catastrophe mirrors the city’s. The worst may be behind him but the wreckage is not. Photograph: Heather Sten/The New York Times

On Saturday, March 28th, Dawn Kelly got the phone call summoning her to the hospital to say goodbye to her husband, Larry. A palliative care social wo(...)

Welcome to The Irish Times book quiz. You can put your knowledge of all things literary to the test by attempting these 10 questions, compiled by Frey(...)

Adult fiction sales surged by 66 per cent last week as readers, even those already equipped with ceiling-high To Be Read piles, replenished their stocks. Photograph: Joel Saget/ AFP/ Getty Images

As cinemas, music venues and theatres nationwide have closed their doors, more books than ever are being opened, even though libraries and bookshops t(...)

 Modern blue cheeses have a fungus added to produce the veining. But historically, insect larvae were part of some cheese-making processes.

You might remember a British politician named Shailesh Vara, the Conservative MP for North West Cambridgeshire. Or maybe not. He briefly threatened t(...)

US actress Renee Zellweger poses with the award for a Leading Actress for her work on the film ‘Judy’ at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards. Photograph: by Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

To no great astonishment, Sam Mendes’s 1917 won best film at the British Film and Television Academy Awards (Baftas) on Sunday night. Detailing a sold(...)

 FC Cologne players celebrate with their fans after the Bundesliga victory over Bayer Leverkusen. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

FC Cologne are pulling out of a deal to run a football academy in China, with a member of the club council saying they should not support “such a tota(...)

Fintan O’Toole; Joan Freeman;  Prof Mary McAleese, Patrick Prendergast,  Prof Terry Hughes,  Mary Harney and  Michael Gazzaniga at the ceremony on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole was conferred with an honorary degree from Trinity College Dublin on Friday. It was the first ceremony conducted(...)

TCD professor emeritus David Berman: ‘I was about six or seven when I had what is sometimes described as an “I am me” experience.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

A few weeks ago, this column explored that ancient puzzle “How do you know you actually exist?”, one of the defining questions of philosophy. In doin(...)

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys has developed a reputation for imaginative rulings, often containing literary references

A High Court judge, in a ruling that referenced Greek philosophy and Japanese traditional theatre, has excoriated an attempt by the State to avoid pay(...)

Climate change activists in London. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty

“The further society drifts from the truth the more it will hate people who speak it” – George Orwell A five-part series about our emotional (...)

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