The Drink: Company

Wicklow and the glum, offbeat groove of Junkyard; elsewhere, Minogue’s airy trill lends a folky, hymnal(...)

From Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

(...) offbeat fantasy detective story: a chief inspector and his apprentice attempt to solve a murder mystery in(...)

‘Byeee’: Derek Mooney’s signature sign-off takes on new meaning

When I saw a press release this week saying that Derek Mooney had been appointed “nature and wildlife executive across RTÉ”, my first impression was t(...)

Jeremy Paxman has angered people in Belfast in suggesting the iceberg did the city a favour by sinking the Titanic.  Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Jeremy Paxman has angered people in Belfast by suggesting the iceberg that sank the Titanic did the city a favour.Paxman used his column in the Specta(...)

Maud Gonne outside Roebuck House. Photograph courtesy of the Yeats Society of Sligo
Frank McNally on Yeats in love
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  • December 5, 2014, 01:00

We’ll hear a lot in this decade of centenaries about patriots who died for Ireland. But spare a thought for poor Maud Gonne who, despite living to old(...)

Lammily: Your ‘average’ doll - an antidote to Barbie

Our house had a visit from the tooth fairy this week, possibly for the last time. But any advance nostalgia the event might have created was overshado(...)

Eureka: The old jailhouse in Ballarat, Australia.

Today is the 160th anniversary of an event sometimes called “Australia’s 1916”. It was a rebellion by gold miners, many of them Irish, at a place call(...)

The views from the 91st-floor observation deck of Taipei 101, now billed as “the world’s tallest green building”, are as breathtaking as you can imagine.
Environmentally-aware Taiwan
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  • December 2, 2014, 01:04

The late Conor Cruise O’Brien witheringly referred to it as “the make-believe China on Taiwan”. That was when the sub-tropical island’s government sti(...)

Get the name right or show your age: The Aviva Stadium

A few years ago, when some tourism types were trying to rebrand a certain part of Dublin as the SoDa (ie, South of Dame Street) district, I was one of(...)

The tip of the monument: The giant phallic Wellington Monument
A Beef with Wellington

With the bicentenary of Waterloo almost upon us, news that Napoleon’s hair is to feature in a limited edition Swiss watch is just the latest proof tha(...)