Her diaries (preserved among the Dillon papers in TCD) are a testament of her own unique unfolding as a remarkable person. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

(...) inspired her was a blend of the assertive Catholicism of the age, her English liberal heritage, and the(...)

The ESB offices from Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin

(...) than the surrounding Georgian houses. The Department of Arts and Heritage had raised concerns with the(...)

In-flight: the standard advice is to go for full-bodied wines with low acid and plenty of ripe fruit. Champagne and other sparkling wines taste better, as the bubbles stimulate our senses (although they also increase the speed at which we ingest alcohol). Photograph: Thinkstock
High-flying wines

(...) to re-interpret Irish heritage, and will have new seats [designed in Northern Ireland] and a new look(...)

Great app for arty facts

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Pipe smokers in Ireland are an endangered species, like the Kerry spotted slug or the natterjack toad. Unlike these rare creatures, they have no socie(...)

Pushing for change: Catalonia’s independence movement, like Ireland’s, sprang from a cultural renaissance. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty

A notable feature of life in Barcelona for an outsider is the pervasiveness of Catalan. In bars, at bus stops and everywhere else you hear this strang(...)

Never had it easy: it took Eimear McBride nearly a decade to get A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing into print

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George Boole: had a fragile constitution, and Ireland’s damp climate didn’t help it

I share the regret of reader Neil Hallinan that Myles na gCopaleen is not alive at this hour to elucidate the confusion arising from the Irish-languag(...)

GPO on Dublin’s O’Connell Street: new centre expected to attract 300,000 visitors annually

An Post has appointed Shannon Heritage to operate and manage the GPO Witness History Interpretive(...)

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters walk next to their tank as they take control of the area on the outskirts of Mosul. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters 1:36

(...) coast to what is present-day Iran. Also in danger is the Unesco World Heritage Site Hatra, which is(...)