Niall Montgomery: introduced Beckett (a long-time friend) to an American readership

It would be an exaggeration to call Niall Montgomery the forgotten man of 20th-century Irish art and letters – the field of candidates may be too crow(...)

 The Wonderful Barn at Castletown House Estate, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke

The classic Irish advice to a tourist seeking directions – “I wouldn’t start from here if I were you” – is more often cited as a joke than as wisdom. (...)

Broascaster Ciarán Mac Mathúna

On Saturday night, I realised that it’s almost exactly 10 years since Ciarán Mac Mathúna’s Mo Cheol Thú aired for the last time, after being a fixture(...)

“A small Coptic cross, not much more than a centimetre in diameter, but indelible.”

I made my annual visit to the accountant recently – a mission that involved taking the Luas Green Line out into darkest south Dublin. And after the us(...)

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

Challenged to name a famous Irish stained-glass artist, most of us could manage Harry Clarke. A few might mention Evie Hone too. But you’d probably n(...)

 Michelle Payne  with her brother    Steven after she become the first female jockey to win a Melbourne Cup, “the race that stops Australia”. Photograph: Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images

What a gorgeous story that was in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday when Michelle Payne made history by becoming the first woman jockey to win “the race th(...)

Medal gesture: Sonny Bill Williams and Charlie Lines. Photograph:  Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Like everybody else, I was at first charmed by that incident after the Rugby World Cup final in which All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams gave his m(...)

St Michan’s Church

Revisiting the crypt of the St Michan’s Church in Dublin recently, after many years, I was disappointed to see that the tour guides no longer invite y(...)

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

It’s very apt that the Dublin City Marathon should finish, as it does these days, outside the National Maternity Hospital. Both are synonymous with a (...)

Photograph: Thinkstock

The relentless march of the Insomnia café chain finally reached my neighbourhood this week. And as a regular in several of the company’s city-centre o(...)