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Brian Burns, the business executive and commercial lawyer who president Donald Trump wants to be his ambassador to Ireland, in his office in Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Three paintings hang on the wall behind the desk of Brian Burns, the business executive, attorney, philanthropist and, he hopes, President Donald Trum(...)

The funeral of Frank Murray  at Mount Argus, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The late music manager Frank Murray joined “the great rock and roll, roll call of 2016”, his daughter Shannon told his funeral Mass on Tuesday. “Awe(...)

Brian P Burns, a grandson of Irish immigrants, is understood to have traced his ancestry to Co Kerry. Photograph: IrishAmerica.com

US president-elect Donald Trump has reportedly chosen Brian Burns to be the next ambassador to Ireland. Mr Trump told the New York Times he had chose(...)

Jean Philippe Toussaint: ‘Football, while we are watching it, holds us radically at a distance from death’

A text from a friend: “Did you see Özil’s goal last night?” Arsenal were playing the Bulgarian champions Ludogorets, and the German had scored the win(...)

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, and Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald , at the Annual Garda Memorial Day for members of An Garda Síochána killed in the line of duty, at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Garda Síochána’s planned new armed Regional Support Unit will be “very carefully and very selectively deployed”, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sulli(...)

Preliminary watercolour study  of Iris ‘Killiney’ by botanical artist Jane Stark. (Drawing courtesy of ISBA)

As the wife of a professional garden photographer, it’s not unusual to find myself standing in a stranger’s garden grumpily harrumphing while my husba(...)

 US Congressman Joe Kennedy on a visit to Northern Ireland in April 1988. Photograph: Pacemaker

The controversial visit of United States congressman Joe Kennedy to Northern Ireland in 1988 is detailed in previously confidential files released tod(...)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York: ‘It will be an honour for me to travel to the west of Ireland and open Ireland’s National Public Novena on August 14th, with Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, in Knock.’  Photograph:  Mike Segar/Reuters

The first transatlantic pilgrimage flight to Knock shrine will touch down in Co Mayo tomorrow. The inaugural Aer Lingus flight from JFK to Ireland We(...)

Omphalodes ‘Starry Eyes’. Photograph: Paddy Tobin

What is your favourite Irish plant? And no, you’re not allowed to say shamrock … Instead, I’m thinking of the thousands of wonderful garden plants (...)

Geraldine Branagan, Phil Coulter and Eamonn Campbell at the funeral at Mount Jerome, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jim McCann was “one of the brightest, wittiest, and sweetest men I ever knew,” songwriter Phil Coulter said at the singer’s funeral in Dublin. “He wa(...)

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