Alex Perry on how George Clooney and his celebrity friends helped engineer the birth of a new African country and then saw it implode



Lava from volcano in Hawaii threatens road.

This Oct. 30, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows lava flow burning vegetation near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)



Paul Galvin relaxes alongside a statue of poet Patrick Kavanagh at the Grand Canal in Dublin. "I have a fascination with words," Galvin says.  Picture: Billy Stickland
The final word on Paul Galvin

He’s always backed himself. So when it came to telling his colourful life and football story, the only person he’d trust to put proper context on all those raucous and riotous moments was his own hand. Galvin In His Own Words. It has bestseller written all over it


The catastrophic mistakes were made before the bank guarantee was pledged

THERE are songs and there are songs and then there is ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’. 




Politicians in a haze of denial about ‘war on drugs’

DRUGS have a funny effect on politicians.



Pilot dies in Virgin Galactic spaceship test crash

One pilot has died and another has suffered “major injury” after Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight, Californian authorities said.


Kaci  and boyfriend Ted Wilbur take questions from the media outside her home in Fort Kent, Maine, on Wednesday. State police intend to monitor her movements. Picture: AP
Nurse in ebola ‘quarantine’ has movement restricted

Maine health officials obtained a 24-hour court order restricting Kaci Hickox’s movement after the nurse repeatedly defied the state’s quarantine for medical workers who have treated ebola patients.


Phobias and fears can be passed onBy Rita de Brun

Fashion & Beauty

Beauty: holding back the yearsBy Katie Wright

Food & Drink

Ballymaloe Halloween BarmbrackBy Darina Allen

Health & Life

Pressure on teen girls to be sexually active is intrusive, unfair and damagingBy Suzanne Harrington

Home & Interiors

Everything you need to know about access and security around the homeBy Kya deLongchamps


Canet-en-Rousillon is a charming old town with the Pyrenees on its doorstepBy Conor Power

Arts, Books, Films & TV

New book reveals John Lydon is Rotten at the coreBy Ed Power


Acers are autumn aces in any gardenBy Peter Dowdall