The Times We Lived In: September 23rd, 1993. Photograph by Jack McManus

Children of miners pose in a strip mine in front of a row of houses near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, circa 1915. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Irish Connections: Condy Breslin died of ‘miner’s asthma’ in Hazleton in 1880

‘Ebb and Flow’ by basket maker Joe Hogan

Some of the design world’s most celebrated makers arrive to share ideas with each other and the public

Irish Connections: Andrew O’Connor at work on his sculpture Maternity, in 1934. Photograph: Keystone/Getty

Irish Connections: Andrew O’Connor’s portrayal of Gen Lew Wallace stands in the US Capitol

Blue-eyed grass: one of the Sisyrinchium bermudiana plants that Kieran Griffin photographed in Co Kerry

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The Times We Lived In: April 16th, 2002. Photograph by Brenda Fitzsimons

The new Helen Turkington showroom

Helen Turkington opens a sumptuous showroom in Sandyford; and Fantasy Lights will brighten autumn gloom

Edith Eger: ‘That’s what Auschwitz taught me: how can you find joy within you.’

Being sent to a concentration camp at 16 taught Edith Eger ‘to find joy within’


Home Front: Interiors ideas for your home

The Times We Lived In: March 23rd, 1995. Photograph by Frank Miller

Matthew Williamson wallpaper

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Irish connection: Terry Smith’s visitor’s card from Richmond Prison; the signatures read “Thomas Francis Meagher” and “William S. O’Brien”

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The Most Rev. Dr Buchanan, Archbishop of Dublin, at the opening of St Andrew’s School, Lucan, Co Dublin. Playing the organ is Mr Sam Adamson

Published, November 4th, 1972. Photograph by Dermot O’Shea

Woman on bicycle on Kukada island, Okinawa. Photograph: Getty

The Japanese concept promises a long, happy life – but is it all a load of pikachu?

Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Patrick Sinnott was exiled from the city  for two years. Photograph: Getty Images

Sinnott’s sideline in astrology brought him to the attention of the Holy Office

Tenement Museum Dublin at Henrietta Street.

Relive capital’s past at Henrietta Street, arrange flowers and bid for Lady Gaga’s corset

“Our reach will have to be beyond Greystones for it to be sustainable,” says Ross McParland. “We’re hoping that, in time, people will come from west Wicklow and south Dublin.”

Co Wicklow venue is just part of an ambitious scheme developed by Ross McParland

‘Muldoon’s Picnic’ refers to a popular 19th-century New York vaudeville act

‘It’s one of our most basic instincts; to listen to a song, listen to a poem – even in this era when people have their noses stuck(...)

Published: February 11th, 1955; Photograph by Jack McManus

The headstone of Máire Barrett at Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville, Washington. Her husband Samuel Maylor had it inscribed in cló Gaelach and travelled for months to get it.

Irish Connections: Behind Mary Barrett’s memorial is one man’s story of sorrow in the US

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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‘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

‘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

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

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

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