The Marquis de Favra

A man who will misuse an apostrophe is capable of anything, as Con Houlihan knew

Mayo supporting pupils from Scoil Mhuire NS, Stephen Murphy, Ruairí Kernan, Tomás Thornton and Oran Malone surrounded by fellow Dublin supporting pupils on the eve of the All-Ireland football final between Dublin and Mayo. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pupils in Marino’s Scoil Mhuire and a landmark building hold their own against the blue tide

Serbian fans outside the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Serbian fans’ confidence ahead of the match against Ireland proves well-founded

‘Among the better-known guests to have stayed in the Railway Hotel was George Bernard Shaw, who became intimately connected with C(...)

At least part of Francis Ledwidge’s decision to go to war may have been simple economics. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Centenary commemorations will remember Francis Ledwidge this weekend

 Chris Darwin, four generations removed from the great man,   had the misfortune of failing his biology exams. Inevitably, he was nicknamed “the missing link”. Above, at the RIA this week.

How Emma Darwin held the fate of ‘The Origin of Species’ in her hands

Brian O’Nolan: wrote his long-running ‘Irish Times’ column, ‘Cruiskeen Lawn’, from 1940 until 1966 under the pseudonym of Myles na gCopaleen.

Biennial academic conference on Flann O’Brien in Austria shows his global appeal

Throwaway returns to  the winner’s enclosure after winning the Gold Cup at Ascot in 1904

The alleged Gold Cup scandal of 1904 was among this year's colourful Bloomsday talks

The children of Disraeli's path out of EUgypt has been beset by a fearsome tribe known as the Corbynites

Increasingly frustrated Ireland supporters: Wes Hoolahan’s 71st-minute arrival was greeted as if he were the coming of the cavalry in person. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Frank McNally: Late charge after cavalry’s arrival not enough to see off invaders

The Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana, the US.

The Montana explosion was nearer the battlefields of first World War than anyone knew

Willie Redmond’s grave. Nearby, in  Locre Hospice Cemetery, his   former comrades repose beneath the more conventional headstones of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Like Redmond, Francis Ledwidge was to die on the first day of a battle

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and EU chief negotiator on Brexit Michel Barnier at Lough Egish Food Park on the Border between Co Monaghan and south Armagh. Photograph: Julien Behal

Frank McNally tags along on Michel Barnier’s ‘field trip’ to Patrick Kavanagh country

Former taoiseach John Bruton stands at the grave of WT Cosgrave, who was buried in Goldenbridge cemetery in 1965. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

May celebration in Dublin 8 to promote historical and cultural landmarks in area

 Helena Molony wanted to recreate Proclamation as accurately as possible. Above: a poster of the  Proclamation  during 2016’s Easter Rising commerorations. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

‘The Irish Times’ reported some commotion around the GPO at 9am as people noticed the reappearance of the “Sinn Féin flag” on the (...)

 All but forgotten today, Pyne is remembered at least in Dungarvan Museum, where exhibits include a dramatic front-page portrait from the Illustrated London News of November 1887

‘In November 1887, he retreated from his normal living quarters into the adjoining keep’

Cyclists on the Waterford greenway

‘Aerobics and scenery apart, the journey still offers an education in both history and geography’

Celebrating the 51st anniversary of the death of Brian O’Nolan and the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Third Policeman in the snug at The Palace Bar in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Flann O'Brien masterpiece The Third Policeman coincided with a mass demonstration in (...)

Welsh supporters in Dublin for the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of  Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Inter-Celtic exchanges never less than friendly despite a red card and injury

You knew it was a special night in Dublin 4 when the ‘Fields of Athenry’ were given a resounding chorus. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/Getty

Supporters in green did everything they could to provide the team with a 16th man

Circa 165AD, a bust of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180). File photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It was on March 17th in 180AD that the emperor Marcus Aurelius died

At one point  Tom Horan is said to have asked his tour guide to point out the seat of the famous “Mr de Valera”.

I’ve heard of people blazing trails, but until recently never trailing blazers

‘This has earned him the gratitude of political headline writers, renewed each time a two-faced politician with a B-name – this time last year it was “Et tu, Boris?” – makes the news.’ Photograph:  Will Oliver/EPA

‘The lingering infamy of March 15th 44 BC may have been a factor in the UK amending its schedule for triggering article 50, which (...)

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