On the crest of a wave: Royal Cork Yacht Club honoured

It may be difficult as the tail-end of a minor January storm passes over the country to remember how very lovely this country can be for most of the year and how lucky we are to have so many wonderful facilities that allow us to enjoy the great Irish outdoors.


A resurgent Merkel may tip the balance

At a moment when faith in politics, especially international politics, to champion liberal, uplifting, human-rights values is at a low ebb, it is reassuring that Angela Merkel seems close to securing a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor.


Awards must honour merit not gender

Oprah Winfrey’s man-the-barricades speech at this week’s dressed-in-black Golden Globe awards catapulted her into America’s consciousness as a possible White House contender.