Tom Lawlor took this photograph of the Dublin skyline while he was suspended from Ireland’s then-tallest crane

Published: January 18th, 1986. Photographs by Tom Lawlor and Matt Kavanagh

Sisyrinchium bermudiana: found on Beara and Bermuda. Photograph: Wouter Hagens

Irish Connections: Delicate ‘Sisyrinchium bermudiana’ thrives on both islands

Denby’s  Monsoon Gather range features muted shades of pink, grey and green, and will be available at Arnotts for autumn.

From kitchens to bowls, the outlook is far from blue

 Maeve O’Mahony and Peter Corboy in ‘Outlying Islands’.

Set in 1939, the play ‘Outlying Islands’ is inspired by a real life military experiment

Bernard MacLaverty: “My life has been a seamless piece of laziness, and work, and thoughts, and all the rest of it over the years.” Photograph: Robert Burns

A wintertime trip to Amsterdam in 2001 inspired the Belfast-born writer’s new novel, which took 16 years to finish

The scene at Sandymount Strand, Dublin, on August 4th, 1970. Photograph: John McGarth

Published: August 4th, 1970; Photograph: John McGarth

Gerald and Sara Murphy and friends. The pair are credited with inventing the word “sunbathing”, inviting a flock of exotic friends to join them for picnics on the beach at La Garoupe

Gerald and Sara Murphy’s houseguests included Hemingway, Picasso and the Fitzgeralds

Belinda McKeon: ‘I knew that I wanted to write about people whose lives are devoted ostensibly to beauty and art – but really, wealth and power is so much a part of it.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The writer on reimagining Henrik Ibsen's Nora for a modern generation

The Times We Lived In – Published: early 1960s. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

James Barry with a servant

While working in Edinburgh, Irish navvy William Burke developed a lucrative sideline

Monsoon Home collection

Plus: a Danish solution to the enduring rug problem, and a colourful Monsoon season

Author Tim Haig: his new book ‘How To Stop Time’ has already been optioned for the big screen by Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company, Sunnymarch. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Matt Haig on life after depression, negative reviews and his new book ‘How to Stop Time’

Bus outside Kellyville Post Office on corner of Acres and Windsor Roads, Kellyville, in the 1930s. Source: Wikipedia

Hugh Kelly had been transported to New South Wales in 1806 for stealing clothes from an outhouse

The Times We Lived In – Published: December 31st, 1992. Photograph: Eric Luke

Nick Miller still life with flowers

Home Front: interiors, art, people, events

George Campbell’s ‘Women Mending Nets, Tarragona, Spain’: painting sold for  €1,500 – well above its estimate of €800 to €1,200 – at Whyte’s in May this year.

Irish Connections: George Campbell first fell in love with Spain in the 1950s

The Times We Lived In – Published: February 2nd, 1953. Photograph: Dermot Barry

Home Front: Interiors, design, people, events

Motorcyclists crossing O’Connell Bridge in Dublin  during a demonstration organised by Motorcyclists Against Discrimination (MAD) to draw attention to the high cost of their insurance. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Published: June 13th, 1992; Photograph by Peter Thursfield

Deaf-blind pioneer: Helen Keller feels the face of her Irish-American teacher, Anne Sullivan, in 1897. Photograph: Notman/Library of Congress

Irish Connections: Helen Keller went on to help transform attitudes to disability

Siobhan Burke: aiming for the “wow” factor with Mosa.

Mosey around Siobhan Burke’s salvage shop and you could find anything

Niamh Woods, of the shop Seven Woods, pictured with her favourite furnishings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Home front: interiors, design, people, events

‘Picturesque’ can often be a synonym for ‘punter beware’

John Hearne: His draft constitution was a “thing of beauty”.

In legal circles, if not among the wider public, ‘the Irish Thomas Jefferson’ is much admired

Published: August 9th, 1989. Photograph by Jack McManus

The current president ofthe Hurling Club is Ronnie Quinn – who is a proper porteño, or Buenos Aires native, as well as a third-generation Irishman

The Hurling Club of Buenos Aires was set up in 1922, with a Corkman as its president

Funicular folly is designed to be super-slim yet super-strong

‘Contemporary architecture has become so commercial, there is very little spirit left’

Mary Mallon, aka  “Typhoid Mary”, pictred after being institutionalised on Brother Island in New York. She was  the first person identified as a carrier of typhoid bacilli in the US. Herself immune to the disease, she spread typhoid while working as a cook in the New York City area. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Connections: In the early 1900s, a cook from Co Tyrone unwittingly spread the disease

Tim Winton: “When our children ask us, ‘What did you do during the war?’ they’re not talking about guns and bombs. They’re talking about what we did during the battle to save the world.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Australian author Tim Winton on why writing is like surfing, why a tiny fish gives him hope, and why the next generation has a rig(...)

The published caption was: Photograph shows the Minister for the Public Service, Mr John Boland, in the cockpit of the British Airways 757 at Dublin Airport yesterday. Also included are Capt. Chris Cowper (left) and Mr Alan Douglas, manager, British Airways, Republic of Ireland

Published: November 11th, 1984. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Murnau: Landschaft mit grünem Haus by Wassily Kandinsky

Work by great Russian painter has been in the same family for nearly 100 years

Duke Brothers on Market Street: it took six men six days to put the books into 1,674 boxes and three articulated lorries to transport them to Kells

Miss McAlister’s collection contains an early edition of Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ plus much, much more

A 19th-century Japanese six-fold dividing screen

The items to be auctioned at Adam’s hark back to happy times in her life

1939 Ford Prefect car

From a vintage Ford to items from a large period property in Sundays Well

The first American to  orbit the Earth, John Glenn, had an ancestor who emigrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania in 1768. Photograph:  Nasa

And when it comes to the ultimate superstars of space – astronauts – we have our foot in the rocket door

Caribbean Check in navy, with added head cushion; £420, plus £35 for the cushion, from

The National Gallery is reopening, a Father’s Day idea and an exhibition at Listoke House

The late comedian Dave Allen,  getting ready for The Dave Allen Show at the Gaiety Theatre to mark the opening of the 1979 Dublin Theatre Festival in conversation with Brendan Smith, director of the festival

Published: October 1st, 1979. Photograph by Kevin McMahon

‘Paris (1948)’ by Louis le Brocquy (Lot 7, estimate €4,000-€6,000)

Skibbereen online art auction includes ‘Paris (1948)’ by Louis le Brocquy, ‘The Prisoners’ by Patrick Collins and ‘Women of Belfas(...)

The murder of wealthy Irishman John McMullen in Texas 1n 1853 was never solved

Father of the submarine: John Philip Holland, walrus moustache and all

Irish Connections: John Philip Holland wasn’t thrilled to have the old enemy as a customer

The silver  spoons made by Sir Abel Ram in 1963 will go on display at the Dublin Antique Fair in September

Trefid spoons made by ex-lord mayor of Dublin worth at least €25,000, says expert

A stylish black lacquer Kawai boudoir grand

Grand pianos among the pieces from a couple of grand Dublin 4 houses

Sheppard’s garden sale: 18th-century carved limestone lion from Crofton estate, Co Roscommon, €3,800 (Lot 44, €4,000-€6,000)

Copy of a manuscript page of James Joyce’s ‘Finnegans Wake’ goes for €27,000 (estimate €7,600-€10,000)

The Times We Lived In – Published: December 19th, 1988. Photograph by Eddie Kelly

‘Men and Boats’, by Gerard Dillon: Whyte’s sale, €36,000 (€5,000-€7,000)

His landscape ‘Early Morning, Cliffony’, from the late Gillian Bowler collection, achieves a hammer price of €70,000 at Adam’s sal(...)

Anselm Kiefer at Sears Salon

A fresh mix of newcomers and well-known artists on Molesworth St

Shakespeare’s Hamlet from Jesuit Library sale at Sotheby’s auction

Rare books from Milltown library include works by Shakespeare and Swift

François Boucher’s painting of  Louise O’Murphy c 1752, oil on canvas, 59 x 73 cm, (23.23 × 28.74 in). Courtesy of Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Irish Connections: When Louis XV saw a painting of a naked 15-year-old, he wanted to see more

Irish Connections: The engineer designed a graceful structure that spanned the Dnieper

A watercolour painting of Flann O’Brien’s writing desk is to be sold with the actual desk.

Harry Potter books, James Joyce manuscript and GAA medals also feature in Mealy’s sale

Gillian Bowler collection: Lot 46, The Bath by Patrick Collins

Late businesswoman’s collection is at centre of Adam’s ‘Important Irish Art’ auction

Lot 161 (€3,000€5,000) comprises a pair of cast-iron Georgian urns modelled on the Borghese Vase, at Sheppard’s

Sheppard’s shows antique statues, urns and sundials in Gash Gardens ahead of sale

A bottle of 20-year-old George Roe & Co pure Irish pot still whiskey went for £3,600 at McTear’s auction in Glasgow

Sale of contents of the former Central Bank building to take place in the Heritage Hotel

Solicitor and garden designer Emily Neville

This week’s edition also visits an artist on Achill Island and looks at floral furniture

If there is one constant presence in Will Self’s work it is the underlying influence of James Joyce

The author is just out of surgery, which may account for why he thinks we have a fondness for worrying about the wrong things

Inside Birr Castle, Co Offaly, which will open its doors to the public this summer for 45-minute tours. Photograph: Paul Sherwood Photography,

Parsons family to open house to the public this summer for tours of Co Offaly castle

Gray’s Printing Press in Strabane, Co Tyrone. Photograph: National Trust

Rumour has it Thomas Jefferson dropped into John Dunlap’s print shop in Philadelphia that busy night

1916 Rising surrender order: It is not known exactly how many typed copies were produced, but it is thought to be in single figures

Document typed up in British army HQ and signed by Pearse estimated at £80,000

 Limited edition lithographs of Pink Floyd cover art signed by Storm Thorgerson form part of   Morgan O’Driscoll’s “Off the Wall” online art auction

‘Railwayana’ sale takes in €77,000 as Japanese box sells for over 40 times estimate

William Scott’s Blue Still Life. Six feet by four feet in size, and painted in 1969 using his signature rich Mediterranean blues in Whyte’s sale on May 29th

Large scale still life attracting big interest from abroad

Arne Jaacobsen chairs

A planter from shipping pallets; Zelouf&Bell in Kilkenny and good buys in classic chairs

From Abbey Leix: an Irish Home and its Demesne, by William Laffan, published by Churchill House Press

The 18th-century house and lands are the subject of William Laffan’s splendid book

John Minihan’s iconic photograph of Samuel Beckett in a Paris cafe, sold for €2,700

An iconic picture of Samuel Beckett and a champion dog collar were among the sales

Oval two-handed tray,  made in Dublin in 1844 and marked Robert Smith, is a riot of marine iconography (Lot 106, €10,000-€15,000)

One of Ireland’s best-known dealers, Jimmy Weldon, has organised a special auction of his collection of rare and unusual antique s(...)

Joristown Lodge, Raharney, Co Westmeath: the on-the-premises contents auction takes place on Sunday at 1pm

Sale of lots at Meath house reveal life of an old-world veteran with a brave past

Irish Connections: Why the finest wines from Down Under have an Irish name in the title

Tayto Park and Giant's Causeway are popular Instagram backdrops

You’ll have to head north for the biggest Irish hit on Instagram, which is not that far behind Mount Rushmore in popularity

Some 600 lots go under the hammer at Joristown Lodge, Co Westmeath, on May 14th

Solid gold rings and a ‘Remember the Lusitania’ poster sold at Adam’s in Dublin

Margo Banks

Dublin Painting and Sketching Club turns its sights seawards for annual show

Sapphire and diamond ring  €16,000-€20,000.

Diamonds, rubies, sapphires and a cute dog in fine jewellery auction

‘The White Woman of the Genesee’: statue to Irishwoman Mary Jemison.

Irish Connections: Kidnapped in 1775 after her family’s slaughter, she was raised by the Seneca tribe

Dee Brophy

A love of vintage has turned into a career for Kildare woman Dee Brophy – and her dog

Measure for Measure: John Bergin as Pompey and Valerie Abbey as Elbow, promoting Galloglass’s 1993 production. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Published: March 10th, 1993. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Antonio Banderas in The Legend of Zorro. The character was inspired by the exploits of Irishman William Lamport

Irish connections: Born William Lamport in 1611, Guillén Lombardo lived a swashbuckling life

The Sir Robert Peel Challengeable Cup

The racing cup – presented by Sir Robert Peel – got its first outing at the Curragh in I819

Garryowen plug tobacco

A red setter called Garryowen was so famous he even had his own brand tobacco

Lot 47 at Dolan’s , Norman Teeling’s Summer Beach

‘Emigrants Scene’ by Jack B Yeats, just seven inches high by nine inches wide, made €700

Published: July 3rd, 1967 Photograph by Dermot O’Shea

Two  new Homesense shops are headed our way this summer: the range of furniture, fabrics and accessories will make individualising your home a pleasure

A look at what’s new in interiors

Lot 106 (€1,500–€2,500) consists of three carved panels from a house in Cavendish Row in Dublin, rescued during renovations by the vendor’s late sister and saved from the ignominy of a builder’s skip

Sheppard’s Irish interiors has more than 1,000 lots of fine furniture and fittings

Tiffany diamond cluster ring at  John Weldon Auctioneers  (€3,000 to €5,000)

Diamonds, vintage emeralds and a block of silver among star lots

Adrian Coen’s vegetable storage unit, €670

Home front: design, interiors, people, events

Still Life, by William Scott, sold for €140,000 at De Vere’s, making it the most expensive painting sold in Ireland in 2017 so far

Brisk trade at Irish Art Auction in Dublin with 90% of lots sold

Newtown: the Johannesburg Carnival at Mary Fitzgerald Square. Photograph: Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu/Getty

Irish Connections: Mary Fitzgerald Square, in Johannesburg, is named in honour of the trade unionist and feminist

6 Brookfield Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8: Larger than it looks from the outside

Terraced houses in Dublin 8, at €365,000 and €400,000, are close to both city centre and M50

Karl Daly (21 months), of Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, confronts a rook that helped itself to some of his picnic lunch at Dublin Zoo. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Published: May 1st, 1986. Photograph by Dermot O’Shea

Ernest Walton, a physicist and Nobel laureate known for his “atom-smashing” experiments at Cambridge University in the early 1930s. Photograph: Jack McManus

Published: September 24th, 1955.Photograph by Jack McManus

A demolition worker, Myles Behan, with one of the old laundry machines at Tara Street Baths and Wash-house. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Published: August 2nd, 1987. Photograph by Paddy Whelan

Tyler Shield’s “Glitter Mouth” (2012). Estimate: £8,000-£12,000 (€9,400-€14,100) in Christie’s photography sale

David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane portraits likely to be star buys at photography auction

Smeg kitchen mixer designed by Dolce & Gabbana which will be available from December

Home front: Flower chandeliers and getting an architect’s advice for Simon charity

Published: March 4th, 1988. Photograph by Pat Langan

Published: April 24th, 1967. Photograph by Gordon Standing

Irish music stars singing “ Show your Concern” in 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/Irish Times

Published: February 25th, 1985. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Published: February 1st, 1973. Photograph by Dermot O’Shea

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