The names on the headstones were in Cyrillic script, and there were no religious symbols, only a mysterious red star on each stone.

Strolling around the Silesian town of Luban last week, where I was attending a Polish-Irish wedding (An Irishman’s Diary, August 12th), I came across (...)

Vodka and bread and salt at a Polish  wedding

Everybody warns you about the vodka at traditional Polish weddings. The fact that the event will last two days is also mentioned in briefings. What yo(...)

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

The big race on day two at Galway was won, interestingly, by a filly called Hint of a Tint. In certain west of Ireland accents, a tint is temporary re(...)

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

It was a wild first evening at the Galway Races, as a gusting westerly swept in from the Atlantic, making the press tent billow like a sailing ship. B(...)

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

People recently returned from it are always urging me to do the Camino de Santiago, the ancient “Way of Saint James” pilgrim route that now seems as p(...)

Anyone who has ever seen Brief Encounter, David Lean’s 1945 classic about a doomed romance, will know that piano music features prominently in the sou(...)

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

My father was a mere 22-year-old when Monaghan won the Ulster Football Championship in 1938. Ulster titles were still a fairly routine occurrence for (...)

Mention of Bing Crosby (Irishman’s Diary, July 16th) brought an email from Luka Bloom with a funny story about an old friend of his – Luka’s, that is,(...)

Monkstown Church

I’d never stopped to look at it before, somehow, probably because I was always in a car. But cycling down Dublin’s Monkstown Road the other day, I saw(...)

Ol’ Blue Eyes.  Photograph: Metronome/Getty Images

On foot of a recent column about people who can’t speak a sentence with putting the word f**k in it at least once, I received an appallingly fascinati(...)