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

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

Murnau: Landschaft mit grünem Haus by Wassily Kandinsky

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

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 foldingrockingchair.co.uk

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 Belfa(...)

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

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

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 sa(...)

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, www.sherwood.ie

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

Published: July 18th, 1981. Photograph by Jimmy McCormack

Published: June 19th, 1982. Photograph by Peter Thursfield

Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

‘Top Gear’ met ‘The Snapper’ in the mid-1990s, when an adventurous photographer ventured on to the mud-splattered racetrack

Published: November 26th, 1998. Photograph by Dara MacDonaill

  An oil-covered swan wanders in Ballsbridge, Dublin, in January 1984. Photograph: Pat Langan

Published: January 16th 1984. Photograph by Pat Langan

Comedian Marty Feldman with Seamus Smith managing director National Film Studios photographed at Dublin Airport. Marty is here to take part in a film “The Last re-make of Beau Geste” being filmed at The National Film Studios in Bray. Photograph: Kevin McMahon / THE IRISH TIMES

Published: May 18th, 1976. Photograph by Kevin McMahon

The Castle Hill Rebellion of 1804 was a key event in Australian convict history.

Irish Connections: The Castle Towers Shopping Centre in Sydney contains an usual tribute to an uprising by 200 Irish convicts

Published: March 4th, 1965. Photograph by Gordon Standing

The yellow flowers of mahonia. Very few people seem to know that this ultra-fashionable plant was named after an Irish man, Bernard McMahon. Photograph: Richard Johnston

This is the first in a new series looking at Irish connections around the world

Published: December 28th, 1984Photograph by Peter Thursfield

Pianist, violinist, opera composer: Alma Deutscher,  11, who was able to read music before she could read words

From Schubert and Mendelssohn to 11-year-old Alma Deutscher, Finghin Collins is about to present a whole weekend of music written(...)

Published: December 31st, 1959Photograph by Kevin McMahon

Bosco meets Erik Sprague aka The Lizardman in Dublin’s Smithfield for the 2016 Laya City Spectacular. This year’s event takes place from July 7th-9th (Dublin), 15th-16th (Cork). Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

New year promises a richness of fare across all artistic forms in all part of the country

Sara Baume: Her second novel, A Line Made By Walking, will be published in February 2017.

A taste of what’s to come from some of the best-loved Irish and international authors

Simon Taylor, chief executive of the National Concert Hall, Dublin. “For Tiny Portraits in Tiny Rooms, we’re going to put a musician in a room and get people to come in, one or two at a time and listen to one piece.”

Big hopes for festivals throughout the coming year

The new nostalgia from M&S: Ruby 5 light cluster, €169; ruby table lamp, €53; Hayward side table, €339; round lace place mat (of 2) €21; Marigold tumbler (of 4) €35; Pippa floral bed linen, €67 per set.

Home Front: interiors, design, people, property

 Chinese master landscape artist Hong Ling with his exhibition of Huangshan paintings at the  Chester Beatty Library in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Culture review 2016: Solar Bones, ‘The Missing’ and singing poodles lifted an otherwise tragicomic year

 The work of re-binding the Book of Kells is almost ended. Mr Roger Powell, the private book-binder of Peterfield, Hampshire, was entrusted with this task by the Board of Trinity College, Dublin. Photograph: Dermot Barry / THE IRISH TIMES

Published: October 24th, 1953. Photograph by Dermot Barry

Sir Ciarán Devane: “We have these amazing people doing amazing things in amazing places. All I can do is help them do their job better – whether it’s art or post-conflict resolution.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

From art exhibitions in Ireland to helping young Syrians prepare for peace, Sir Ciarán Devane, head of the massive British Council(...)

Kit de Waal: “It would be very easy to have given the book a happy ending but I know from my personal experience that that wouldn’t happen.” Photograph:  Justine Stoddart

This book about a boy in care is on the Costa Book Awards shortlist for a first novel

Let there be light: Lucia and her attendants prepare for the celebratory concert in St Patrick’ s Cathedral tonight. Photograph: Frank Miller

Published: December 13th, 1991. Photograph by Frank Miller

Monsignor James Horan, of Knock, and the Minister for Transport, Mr Reynolds, having a chat during the ceremony at Barnacoogne  site of the new Co Mayo airport. Photograph: Jack McManus

Published: May 4th, 1981. Photograph by Jack McManus

Finishing touches: interiors company Neptune can help spruce up the guest room

Design round-up: Irish watches, 1950s style, hot glass and revamped antiques

Enda O’Doherty and Maurice Earls: The editors of the Dublin Review of Books have put some of the best pieces together in a new anthology. “It’s really a sliver. We wanted to represent the range of subjects that we’ve covered.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘We love print’, the editors say, but that hasn’t stopped the Dublin Review of Books from thriving online

Published: September 19th, 1986. Photograph by Paddy Whelan

The bar with sparkling carpet at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud on Merrion Street in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

From floral art to stylish pottery, the holiday season is awash with colour and comfort

Conor Brady: says A Hunt in Winter is loosely based on a murder in Rathmines. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The ‘Irish Times’ editor turned novelist has used skills he picked up as a cub reporter to enrich his trilogy of Joe Swallow histo(...)

The boathouse in Galway Bay. Photograph  David Ruffles

Sea views are a given, an immense old wall a challenge in this authentic conversion

Published: September 22nd, 1955

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