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Twilight zones: finding a way home through the half-light

★★★★☆ Molesworth Gallery, 16 Molesworth St, Dublin Until November 30th

Maeve McCarthy’s paintings in Back to the Garden are not entirely given over to the garden, though it features large, in a haunted, misty, mysterious way: masses of lush hydrangea ...

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What can the West learn from the rest?

Sometimes we forget just how weird we are – we who are part of the western, educated, industrialised, rich, and democratic (weird) world.

More than three-quarters of the global population lives in Asia and Africa, and over 70 per cent of humanity exists on $10 (€9) or less per day. ...

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From Damien Hirst to Marcel Duchamp, what makes artists tick?

Are artists different? Some lines from Thomas Kinsella are stuck in my mind: “I wonder whether one expects/ Flowing tie or expert sex …/ Of poets any longer.” If you were to believe the myths from the past, artists and poets are all starving in garrets, drinking absinthe and sleeping with ...

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Speargate 13 years on: O’Driscoll and Umaga bury the hatchet

Rarely, if ever, has there been such a bitter and controversial fallout from an incident on a rugby field in the history of the sport. The act of foul play which sparked the furore was compounded by the way the Lions PR machine went into overdrive in the days that followed, and the way it raised ...

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Séamus Coleman supports James McClean in poppy issue

Republic of Ireland skipper Séamus Coleman says that he completely respects James McClean’s annual stand on the issue of the poppy and believes others should do the same but insists that the wearing of the emblem does not cause any discomfort whatsoever for him.

“I’m not going to ...

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Khruschev sent Irish diplomat wine after ‘shoe banging’ incident

Russian president Nikita Khrushchev sent a case of wine to leading Irish diplomat Freddie Boland in an effort to mend fences after a furious row between them at the United Nations general assembly which has gone down in the annals of the organisation.

During furious exchanges in October ...

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Ireland’s 1961 application to join EEC fraught with fear of rejection

Official documents detailing Ireland’s application to join the European Economic Community (EEC) almost 60 years ago reveal striking parallels with the current Brexit negotiations. The only difference is that positions were reversed.

Irish officials were deeply worried that the UK would ...

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Officials tried to get JFK to visit Dublin in 1961

From the moment John F Kennedy was inaugurated as US president in January 1961 the Irish authorities started angling to get him to visit the State.

When it was announced that Kennedy and his wife would visit Paris at the end of May the secretary of the department of external affairs, Con ...

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Letters show O’Brien had UN authority for actions in Katanga

Conor Cruise O’Brien was disowned by the United Nations for ordering military intervention in Katanga in 1961, but documents published today confirm that he was acting with the full authority of the UN.

In May 1961, O’Brien was appointed as a special representative of UN secretary ...

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What's really in your bowl of porridge?

There is plenty of conflicting advice as to what to have for breakfast and even whether we should eat in the mornings at all. But one grain that unites many is oats. Whether you choose jumbo, pinhead or progress, eating oats is generally seen as a good idea by dieticians and bloggers ...

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday increasingly popular among Irish shoppers

Despite fears that Black Friday and Cyber Monday merely displace other Christmas revenues, Irish shoppers are gearing up for a major splurge this month on the US-inspired retail promotional days, according to new research.

The study, conducted by Amárach Consulting for ...

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VHI to be allowed sell international healthcare plans directly

State-owned health insurer VHI will in future be permitted to sell international healthcare plans covering the provision of treatment abroad under new proposals to be brought to Cabinet by the Minister for Health Simon Harris on Tuesday.

As part of new health insurance legislation the ...

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New deal needed to protect travel arrangements after Brexit, report says

The Common Travel Area (CTA) that protects ease of movement of people between Ireland and the UK is “written in sand” and may require an Anglo-Irish treaty after Brexit to protect it, a new report finds.

Research by four UK-based academics being presented on Tuesday to a joint human ...

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Obstacles remain as May labels Brexit process ‘immensely difficult’

Theresa May has described negotiations over Brexit as “immensely difficult” with significant issues in the withdrawal agreement still to be resolved. Speaking at the lord mayor’s banquet at the Mansion House in London on Monday night, the prime minister suggested that speculation about an ...

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Becoming by Michelle Obama: a civil centrist but a tough pragmatist too

For anyone who’s wondering: No, she’s not running. In her new memoir, Becoming – a book whose reportedly enormous advance rendered its contents almost as closely guarded as the bullion at Fort Knox – Michelle Obama puts to rest any speculation about her political ambitions. “I’ve ...

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Stan Lee: his Marvel Comics superheroes became national icons

It could be argued that Stan Lee, who has died at 95, appeared in more of the 50 highest-grossing films of all time than any other actor.

Of course, he wasn’t actually an actor but as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics – home of Spider-Man, Captain America and The Fantastic Four – Lee ...

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Stan Lee, Marvel Comics visionary, is dead at 95

Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes has died at the age of 95, his daughter said on Monday.

As a writer and editor, Lee was key to the ascension of Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s when, in collaboration with ...

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Spiderman creator Stan Lee has died aged 95

Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes has died at the age of 95, his daughter said on Monday.

As a writer and editor, Lee was key to the ascension of Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s when, in collaboration with ...

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Grand National winner Tiger Roll ready to rock at Cheltenham

Grand National hero Tiger Roll is all set to reappear in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.

Gordon Elliott’s Gigginstown House Stud-owned eight-year-old, who is also a three-time Cheltenham Festival winner, wrote his name into the history books at Aintree in ...

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Apple hit by fresh ‘peak iPhone’ fears after suppliers cut outlook

Apple shares suffered another sharp sell-off on Monday after two of its suppliers cut their earnings forecasts, in moves that investors interpreted as another sign of softening iPhone demand.

The stock fell for a third straight session, dropping almost 5 per cent and dragging the wider ...

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Daniel Sturridge charged with breaching FA betting rules

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the Football Association’s betting rules, the governing body has announced.

The FA said Sturridge’s alleged breaches were in relation to passing on information about players, ...

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