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Visitors to the island are taken on a guided tour through its 1,300-year history.

It may well once have been about as attractive a destination as Van Diemen’s Land or the Bastille but the former prison of Spike Island has undergone (...)

Dafne Keen as the headstrong, rebellious, adored Lyra Belacqua

There’s something immediately familiar about Lyra Belacqua, the young hero of Philip Pullman’s trilogy of novels, His Dark Materials (BBC One, Sunday,(...)

Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell in a scene from The Morning Show on the Apple TV Plus streaming service. Photograph: Hilary B. Gayle/Apple TV Plus via AP

The reviews came in swift and harsh. “Dull, dreary and dubiously written,” declared USA Today. A “disappointing creation”, said Entertainment Weekly. (...)

The lipstick-pink and orange fruits of the native spindle tree, Euonymus europaeus, in their autumn glory. Photograph: Richard Johnston

As gardeners, we can sometimes be so enthralled by the spectacle of autumn leaves in all their fierce, fiery beauty that we don’t fully appreciate the(...)

In a Harry Potter moment a man appeared wearing roller-skates and holding what looked like a stick with an electric wheel at the the end that propelled him around the stage

Under its newly enthroned emperor, Naruhito, Japan has entered a new era - Reiwa meaning beautiful harmony. It’s a suitable aspiration for its auto in(...)

Davy Byrne in action for Dublin in the All-Ireland final against Kerry. He played all but one of the county’s  championship games this season.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Davy Byrne’s magical reminiscence isn’t primarily to do with his considerable role in helping Dublin to achieve history in September. It relates back (...)

Japan players celebrate their surprise victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Japan in Brighton. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty

South Africa’s head coach Heyneke Meyer said that the result was “unacceptable; I have to apologise to the nation.” Harry Potter author JK Rowling twe(...)

Neil Paul and Bríd Conroy, at their home in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

AFTER A WRONG TURN LED THEM TO DISCOVER AN ABANDONED CO MAYO SCHOOL, NEIL PAUL AND BRÍD CONROY HAVE TURNED IT INTO A HOME – AND OPENED A BOOKSHOP –(...)

Hairy Dragonfly: Found around clean, still waters such as ponds, lakes, ditches, fens. Usually solitary but groups can be seen in woods early in the season. Photograph: Liam Lysaght

Dragonflies are probably the most deadly group of aerial Irish predators. Easily spotted chasing down quarry, these effervescent hunters sport some of(...)

Los Angeles’ magic is in its diversity but if ever a travel article was needed to help plan a trip to a major destination, it’s for the entertainment (...)

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