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

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

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

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

 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

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

Dee Brophy

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

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

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

Published: July 7th, 1989

Christmas on the Square: Houses on Merrion Square open their doors to the public on November 26th

The Miele massive sale, upcycled gems, Merrion Square open doors, bedroom inspiration and seeking eclectic collectibles

Mike O’Shea and  Anthony O’Shea working to reinstate  the Landmark Cross on Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Photographer Valerie O’Sullivan captures daily life on the Iveragh Peninsula

Aldi copper cookware

Sean Scully at the White House, copper cookware at Aldi, a home show in Mayo and pottery on the coast

Lord Rosse with saplings in front of a coast redwood  in Birr Castle Demesne. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It may sound like a mad idea – but is far from it, says the earl of Rosse, Brendan Parsons

Published: November 13th, 1991Photograph by Frank Miller

Joo Won Kang in rehearsal for “Maria de Rudenz” by Gaetano Donizetti at the 65th Wexford Festival Opera. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Arminta Wallace gets a peek at the action behind the scenes at Wexford Festival Opera

Retired cooper  Jack Moore outside the disused distillery that was transformed into the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Published: May 16th, 1987. Photograph by Peter Thursfield

A drawing from the “House and Home” exhibition coming up at the Irish Architectural Archive in Dublin

Barn style in a cafe, candles in jars and houses in an archive

Earl of Wicklow who opened the first exhibition in Dublin of Epstein drawings in the Little Theatre of Brown Thomas. Photograph: Kevin McMahon/The Irish Times

Published: August 30th, 1960. Photograph by Kevin McMahon

Looking Back by Eric Luke: West of Ireland, 1980s

A new book by the veteran Irish Times snapper gathers together four decades of images

Pat McCabe: “When I wrote ‘The Butcher Boy’, nothing had happened in Clones for 100 years. The story was 100 years old, and people still spoke in low tones about it. Now entire families get wiped out, and it’s gone.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Like a ‘ride through a dark carnival’, Francie Brady returns in Pat McCabe’s new play

At the opening of the Sutton driving range were Mr J Doran, Mr Doug Henderson and Christy O’Connor. Photograph: Gordon Standing.

Published: December 4th, 1962. Photograph by Gordon Standing

Author Michael Harding  at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Irish Times columnist’s books, weekly articles and live shows have the makings of a new literary genre: interactive tragi-come(...)

British writer and historian Jan Morris, at her home near the village of Llanystumdwy in Gwynedd, north Wales, in 2007. Morris has had a long and distinguished career as a journalist and writer and published more than 30 books. Photograph: Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images

James Morris, born 90 years ago this weekend, lived a life of extraordinary manliness before undergoing gender reassignment in 19(...)

The  sculpted head of Gay Byrne at the  pond in his back garden

Published: May 2nd, 1990 Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Peggy Seeger, who will sing the songs of Ewan MacColl at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on October 11th

The only time she heard Ewan MacColl sing The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face was on the phone but a recording apparently exists. (...)

1990 - 21/09/1990 - page 3 - The Sinner Courtney: actor Jim Norton at a photocall yesterday for “The Bread Man”, a new play by Frank McGuinness, which opens at the Gate Theatre, on October 2nd. Photograph: Frank Miller / THE IRISH TIMES . . . neg no 90/9/177

Published: September 21st, 1990. Photograph by Frank Miller

Spirits  of Meath Halloween Festival, which includes more than  37 spooky events and family  fun from October 16th to November  1st. Photograph: Barry Cronin

‘Shoulder season festivals’ are coming into bloom, bringing colour, vibrancy and some much-needed cash to towns across Ireland

The Headless Horseman at the Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Summer’s over, but ‘shoulder season’ festivals are just coming into bloom

Benny Lewis: ‘Language learning would be where you study grammar and you study tables of vocab. You do an exam, and maybe after a few years you might be able to get by in the language. Language hacking, on the other hand, gets you speaking from day one’

A Cavan man who speaks 11 languages and is known as ‘the Irish polyglot’ has devised a new way of becoming multilingual

Published: August 4th, 1989. Photograph by Paddy Whelan

Shelly McNamara and Yvonne Farrell, of Grafton Architects, at their office in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For Yvonne Farrell and Shelly McNamara of Grafton Architects, good design is about making a community

Penny Arcade’s ‘Longing Lasts Longer’ is a kick-ass rejection of consumerism, celebrity culture and cupcakes

'Hope Hunt'/'Wrongheaded' double bill dissects effects of patriarchy as 'Megalomaniac' shows vaulting ambition

Interior view of Clerys & Co department shop in 1965. Photograph: Dermot Barry

Published: October 8th, 1965. Photograph by Dermot Barry

Published: October 11th, 1967. Photograph by Dermot Barry

For Roald Dahl, language was a bendy business, including inventing an entire vocabulary, gobblefunk, for his Big Friendly Giant. Illustration: Quentin Blake courtesy of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate

From whiffswiddle to frobscottle, the author invented almost 400 new words, not to mention a host of characters, places and foods.(...)

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