Diplomacy in Difficult Times: Dublin’s Lord Mayor and Ireland’s Ambassador on Representing Ireland

Dublin’s Lord Mayor and Anne Anderson, Ireland’s Ambassador to the USA, paint their picture of Ireland in today’s uncertain political climate.
By Alex Crean and John Bethell

Politics, Selfies and Low Blows: The Trends of Oscar Hosts Through the Years

With the Oscars taking place tomorrow, Jennifer Wilson looks back on the sometimes fabulous, sometimes disastrous hosts of Academy Awards past.
By Jennifer Wilson

For Your Consideration: Politics and the Oscars

Ahead of the Oscars this Sunday, Dara McWade examines the politics of the Academy and how a winning "narrative" is created for a film.
By Dara McWade

Political Unrest and Illusions of Glory: the Parallels of WB Yeats and the Beatles

Orla Howells explores the striking similarities in inspiration between two cultural icons, and aligns poems by Yeats with songs of the Beatles.
By Orla Howells

In the Brown Bag: the Humble Origins of an Award-Winning Animation Studio

Ahead of Oscar season, Conor Davage meets with James Stacey of Brown Bag films to discuss the unique appeal of Irish animation in UK and US markets.
By Conor Davage

No Surrender: Bad Blood at 30

As talk of a hard Brexit looms over Northern Ireland and conflicts at Stormont threat to further divide the region, Colm Tóibín and others reflect on his seminal political work.
By Dominic McGrath

From Bright Lights to Fading to Black, the Effect of Celebrity Deaths

As our generation endures the deaths of childhood idols, Dara McWade looks at how these deaths affect us and why they'll always matter.
By Dara McWade

Moonlight: A Glistening Opus of Subtlety

While the Oscars seem enraptured with La La Land's love letter to it, Moonlight shines with an unheard of cast and instantly classic tale of hardship and hope
By Eoghan O’Morain

Helem: A Home Away from Home for LGBT Lebanon

A centre in Lebanon is providing security and solidarity for the LGBT community in Lebanon amid a quiet sexual revolution in the Arab world.
By Ralph Hurley O’Dwyer

The Gastronomical Delights of Italy’s Student City

Róisín Power explores Bologna through her palate and experiences the delights of Italian cuisine in the charming city.
By Róisín Power