President Higgins is escorted by  Sean Rainbird, director of the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Italian ambassador, Giovanni Adorni Braccesi, to the reading. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On a stormy winter day, President Michael D Higgins led us into the haven of poetry

Use ye not the word 'fulsome' when ye mean 'full', for that is unclean

Players from both teams get involved in a scuffle during the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic between Dublin and Galway in Boston. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

A new way of measuring on-pitch incidents

Ireland’s Jonathan Walters celebrates scoring the second  goal at the Aviva on Monday night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Green army plays 12th-man stormer as Irish secure prized European Championships spot

“The next time I’m in Dublin’s Upper Leeson Street, I shall pause long enough to admire a sculpture called ‘Carnac’, by Bob Mulcahy”

A right Balzac (on the road to Carnac)

Detail from the Duke of Connaught Memorial Window, Ottawa, by Wilhelmina Geddes

Bringing an Irish artist back into the light

Sonia O’Sullivan running in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Holles Street horrors all worthwhile for participants as race enters new chapter

Cardiff city skyline. Photograph: Thinkstock

The truth behind a popular local catchphrase

One plus for Irish fans is  they’re not French fans, whose team was humiliated on Saturday night. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Argentina always had an extra gear and pulled away for a 23-point victory

Johnny  Sexton in action. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Joe Schmidt’s team will attempt to reach Rugby World Cup semi-final this Sunday

Fans celebrate as Conor Murray scores Ireland’s second try. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Heroic team paid dearly in blood, sweat and tears for an epic victory

Paul Rouse’s ‘Sport and Ireland – A History’ highlights an extraordinary range of Irish sport, including “horse riding, naked”. Illustration: Thinkstock

From hurling to chess to naked horse riding

Horse power: France’s Mathieu Bastareaud and Alexandre Flanquart training in Cardiff. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Last time we faced simultaneous French-Polish attack was in 1815 – and we won

Republic of Ireland  players congratulate goalscorer Shane Long after their victory over Germany: Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Long’s goal sets off the most raucous celebrations in Lansdowne since McAteer in 2001

TK Whitaker. Photograph: David Sleator

The man who lived for Ireland

    Kipling’s ambivalence to Ireland did not prevent him being constantly drawn to this country for a certain kind of hero. Photograph:    EO Hoppe/Mansell/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

A strained friendship, sealed in blood

 A Canada and Ireland fan enjoy the atmosphere during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Canada at the Millennium Stadium on in Cardiff on Saturday. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Mood of Irish rugby supporters soars on a glorious day in Cardiff

Ready for the Ireland vs Canada game in Cardiff this afternoon, from left: Linda and Aoife Dungan and Katie and Billy Dungan from Skerries, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A Clare man in Cardiff frets about the opposition better known for ice hockey

Myles na gCopaleen aka  Flann O’Brien aka Brian O’Nolan. File photograph: The Irish Times

This year’s event attracts 65 academics from countries including Brazil and Singapore

A cross etched in the grass – the memorial to Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Henry Burke, killed in the Phoenix Park by the Invincibles. It is one of the most discreet memorials you will ever see.

Frank McNally on a most discreet memorial

Connolly Books in Temple Bar Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Frank McNally on the theatres of Temple Bar

Frank McNally on a wartime kickaround

Suzanne Burke, Athenry, Caithríona King, Cotofin, and Cathy Dillon, Athrenry, at the Galway Races on Tuesday evening. Photograph: The Irish Times

This meeting is not as flashy as before but punters still in thrall, writes Frank McNally

Joe Coleman with his daughter Carmel and wife, Annette Coleman, from Tuam, Co Galway at the Galway Races. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was day one at the Galway Races, and Dermot Weld’s confidence never fluttered

A sign on one of St James’s Street’s two St James’s churches still proclaims: “The Camino begins here”

The Way of St James’s Gate

From an Australian mining town to stardom, via the nuns

  Monaghan’s Conor McManus and Colin Walshe celebrate with the Anglo Celt Cup.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Enjoying Monaghan’s hour in the sun

In 1904 it was called Pisser Dignam’s field – Bohemian FC fans now know it as Dalymount Park.

An Irishman’s Diary on Bohemian FC’s holy ground at Dalymount Park

Tipperary-man Vincent Maher recalls his time as a doctor at Spandau where Rudolf Hess was imprisoned.

An Irishman’s Diary chats to Vincent Maher

Marsh’s Library, Dublin. It has changed so little in 314 years its founder Archbishop Narcissus Marsh would have no trouble recognising it.

An Irishman’s Diary: On Marsh’s Library

Paris lawyer Frank Samson as Napoleon at a pre-battle briefing before a re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo.

My my . . . at Waterloo re-enacted

Detail from ‘Classical Beauty’ by Alfred Elmore. Courtesy of Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

A product of two competing strains of history

Hope Castle in Castleblayney

One of the quietest counties in Ireland has started to sing its own praises in a major way. The homeland of Patrick Kavanagh is ge(...)

Nevil Shute: cryptic phone call from Dublin Castle

Teenager volunteered for Red Cross work

Jack Charlton acknowledges cheers from the crowd at the Republic of Ireland versus England international friendly at the Aiva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Game had press hoping for another riot to end misery on pitch, writes Frank McNally

Glory years: Alfie Byrne, nicknamed ‘the shaking hand of Dublin’ because of his relentless canvassing

Independent politician who was elected mayor nine years running in the 1930s, and once again in the 1950s, is honoured with a perm(...)

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