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Ballaghaderreen’s Market Square: For more than three decades the town has had a significant Muslim population. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The old hometown’s just the same. If under something of a strain. Ballaghaderreen is a welcoming place. A sign at one entrance is a reminder. It rec(...)

Sir William Orpen’s Portrait of Mrs Oscar Lewisohn, formerly Miss Edna May was painted in 1915

“Some of the finest work by some of Ireland’s best artists, to appear at auction in some years” is how managing director of Adam’s James O’Halloran de(...)

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson and US secretary of state John Kerry give a joint press conference after a meeting on Syria in London on Sunday. Photograph:  Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

EU foreign ministers gather in Luxembourg on Monday for a meeting that is likely to be dominated by Syria, as diplomatic efforts over the weekend to (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry speaks on the phone after a round of Syria talks in Lausanne, Switzerland on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Russia said all participants in talks in Lausanne had agreed Syrians should decide their own future through inclusive dialogue and that the country sh(...)

Children  in a damaged site after an airstrike in the besieged rebel-held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov returned to Syria talks on Saturday, three weeks after the failure of thei(...)

Jameel Mustafa Habboush, a young Syrian boy, looks at a member of the civil defence volunteers, known as the white helmets, as they rescue him from under the rubble of a building following Russian air strikes on the rebel-held Fardous neighbourhood of Aleppo on Tuesday. Photograph: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images

US secretary of state John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart in Switzerland on Saturday to discuss Syria, officials said on Wednesday, as a deva(...)

Brazil’s Rafinha celebrates beating Germany in Rio: Pat Hickey had wanted tickets for that final. File photograph: Getty Images

Pat Hickey personally lobbied the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for more tickets for high-profile events at the Rio Games, a (...)

A rate of 13 per cent would leave Geneva with the third most attractive corporate tax system in Switzerland. Photograph: iStock

When the European Union pressured Switzerland to scrap tax breaks for foreign companies, Geneva had most to lose. Now, the canton that is home to almo(...)

Ireland has jumped to seventh in the latest World Competitiveness Yearbook rankings, a rise of nine place and its best performance since 2000.

Ireland has jumped to seventh in the latest World Competitiveness Yearbook rankings, a rise of nine places and its best performance since 2000. The i(...)

One of the most expensive paintings sold at the Ganz auction was Picasso’s Women of Algiers, version O. It’s one of a celebrated series of 15 paintings Picasso made in the mid-1950s. In addition to “O,” the Ganz auction featured versions “M,” “H,” and “K.”

After a chance discovery, the grandson of a Jewish art dealer learned that a valuable painting he believed the Nazis had looted from his grandfather m(...)

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