President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, with former US ambassador Dan Rooney at a reception for members of the diplomatic corps at Áras an Uachtaráin last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The only time there was a longer delay in the appointment of a new US ambassador to Ireland was in 1935, and then the official title of the position w(...)

Cars traveling  past The Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, Texas in Dealey Plaza  this month. Photograph: Reuters
Dallas Now: Trying to Forget
  • People
  • November 22, 2013, 01:00

Everyone who visits me in Dallas wants to check out the place I’ve come to take for granted. “Can we go see the Grassy Knoll?” I already see it severa(...)

Megalithic: Four Freedoms Park, on Roosevelt Island, in the East River. Photograph: Frank McDonald

There wasn’t much of a reason to go to Roosevelt Island before now, unless you were among the relatively privileged people living on it. Located in th(...)

There are some historians who like nothing better than courting controversy. Pick a contentious topic, light the fuse with a highly-provocative argume(...)

John F Kennedy showed grace under fire throughout his time in the White House

Popular culture often provides a good barometer of where reputation stands. John F Kennedy, it seems, is a case of mercury falling.In the recent NBC T(...)

US president Barack Obama speaks at the opening ceremony of the George W Bush Presidential Centre in Dallas, Texas. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

People sit around a fountain basking in the Texan sunshine as a sculptor chisels the names of the board of directors into a stone at the entran(...)

Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff “quickly achieved almost sacred status among self-proclaimed guardians of fiscal responsibility” as a result of their 2010 paper Growth in a Time of Debt. Photograph: Mary F. Calvert/The New York Times

In this age of information, math errors can lead to disaster. Nasa’s Mars Orbiter crashed because engineers forgot to convert to metric measure(...)

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