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Wayne Hurst of Hurst Heating and Plumbing Supplies in Castlebar, with some of the wood-burning stoves which have been selling well following the bituminous coal ban. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Six months after the burning of smoky coal was banned by the State in Castlebar, the Mayo town is showing slight, but encouraging signs of an improvem(...)

Aung San Suu Kyi led the democracy struggle despite years under house arrest and and won a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts. File photograph: Getty

Western leaders condemned the coup by Myanmar’s military against Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government and hundreds of thousands of he(...)

Bonnie Monteleone’s rendering of The Great Wave by the Japanese artist Hokusai made with ocean debris

The Great Wave by the Japanese artist Hokusai is just about everywhere these days – printed on tablecloths to notebooks and even dresses, while there’(...)

The 157 babies due to be born in Ireland on January 1st will have an average life expectancy of 93.6 years based on data from last year’s United Nations World Population Prospects. Photograph: iStock

Irish babies born on January 1st, 2021, are expected to live to 93 years of age, according to Unicef estimates published this morning. The 157 b(...)

Noor and Aziz, as conceptualised by Sesame Workshop, are playful and get along well. Screengrab: Sesame Street, Youtube

Six-year-old twins Noor and Aziz live in the largest refugee camp in the world. They are Rohingya Muslims who escaped ethnic cleansing in their native(...)

 Rohingya refugees gather outside the transit camp in Ukhia before the start of the relocation to a remote island on Thursday. Photograph: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh has begun moving Rohingya families from camps near the Myanmar border to a settlement on a remote island, despite concerns about its safety(...)

Prince Charles With Lord Mountbatten in 1979. File photograph: Tim Graham/Getty Images

The new series of The Crown, Netflix’s hit drama about the British royal family, begins with an episode featuring one of the most shocking episodes of(...)

Syrian children in the south of Idlib prvoince at a camp for the displaced near the border with Turkey last year.  Ireland allocated more than  than €25m  to the Syria crisis in 2019. File photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP via Getty Images

State spending on overseas development aid rose by nearly 10 per cent in 2019 with the Government set to increase spending by an additional €21 mil(...)

Supporters of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, led by Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, celebrate in Yangon, Myanmar, on Sunday. Photograph:  Lynn Bo Bo/Epa

Myanmar voted on Sunday in a general election seen as a referendum on the fledgling democratic government that remains popular at home but has seen i(...)

Sanjay Vishwakarma of  Sanjay’s Kitchen in Birr, Co Offaly. Photograph: Alan Betson

To tackle the topic of Indian food in Ireland is to tease a thread out of a complicated tapestry, and here we can offer only the briefest glimpse. Ind(...)

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