An SNCF train at the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, France. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

The head of the hardline neo-communist union most strongly represented in the French railway company SNCF threatened a month-long strike on Monday nig(...)

 “The Eclectic Collector” auction is a pretty an apt title for a sale of the bizarre mix of lots which are collectible and sometimes valuabl(...)

Sheenagh Daly out and about in Milan, her home for the past 12 years
Welcome to my place . . . Milan
  • Abroad
  • January 21, 2018, 09:00

Sheenagh Daly, originally from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, trained as a solicitor at an international law firm in London, which seconded her to Milan mor(...)

Around 1810, the pre-eminent painter at the Spanish court, Francisco Goya, was in his 60s and had been quite deaf for many years when he began to work(...)

One of the huge achievements of Debbie Horsfield’s adaptation of the Poldark novels is its determination to dramatise, alongside the bodice ripping, the core social conflicts experienced by the first industrial generation. Photograph: Robert Viglasky

The BBC drama series Poldark is becoming eerily relevant to our times. The hero, George Warleggan – a dashing banker and mining entrepreneur – has suc(...)

 Ossian, the legendary Scottish bard, may not even have existed. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A Scottish bard named Ossian who is said to have inspired French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte, English poet William Wordsworth and former US pre(...)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump applauds during a campaign rally in Fredericksburg, Virginia last weekend. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

US presidential candidate Donald Trump possesses stronger psychopathic tendencies than Adolf Hitler, a study has suggested. Research from the Unive(...)

Marie Antoinette (Tara Breathnach) gives advice on headwear at Quay Street in Galway city on Thursday during a street theatre production to mark Bastille Day. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A Galway pub has been transformed into the Bastille for the next two days to mark France’s national holiday. Tigh Neachtain’s bar is staging the two-(...)

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh playing Maurice Shea in the TG4 docudrama ‘Waterloo: Na Laochra Gael’

Retired broadcaster Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh has made his acting debut at the age of 84. Mr Ó Muircheartaigh plays a fellow Kerryman Maurice Shea who(...)

Battlefield: French Cuirassiers charge Scottish Highlanders – in a defensive square formation – at the Battle of Waterloo  on June 18th, 1815. From the original painting by Henri Félix Philippoteaux. Photograph: Hulton/Getty

Fifteen kilometres south of Brussels, just beyond the Forêt de Soignes, or Sonian Forest, which dominates the south of the city, the road opens on to (...)

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