Members of the public prepare for a parade marking the 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

At the risk of offending my more erudite readers, I dare say most of you will be unfamiliar with the work of Francis Beaumont. He was, nevertheless, a(...)

A plaque unveiled at Samuel Beckett’s former house in Chelsea. Nobel Laureate and physicist Patrick Blackett also lived at the house from 1953 to 1969. Photograph: PA

Samuel Beckett had little good to say about London when he lived there in the 1930s but the city will honour him on Wednesday when Downton Abbey actor(...)

The Gazette on 61 Middle Abbey St  was in fact the last building on that side of Sackville Street to be saved – the fire “stopping immediately short of this office”. Photo:  PA.

The Church of Ireland Gazette has appeared continuously since March 1856 and until the 1960s was published in Dublin from 61 Middle Abbey Street, whe(...)

The next meeting of the Church of Ireland Historical Society will be held in Armagh public library on Saturday, April 23rd, beginning with coffee and (...)

Bective House, aerial shot indicates poor condition of house and buildings, and its magnificent surroundings

Once described as one of Co Meath’s finest estates and “a trophy buy” for a Celtic-tiger era millionaire, the 180-acre walled demesne Bective House o(...)

The east side of O’Connell Street, Dublin, looking north towards the Spire. Photograph: Alan Betson

We are all familiar, especially in this centenary year, with those striking black-and-white photographs showing the devastation of Dublin city centre(...)

Soft-Kin  by Richard Gorman, which has been shortlisted for the inaugural RCSI Art Award. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The opening of this year’s RHA Annual Exhibition also saw the announcement of a shortlist for a new award: the RCSI Art Award. Five artworks made th(...)

Little Green Cars

FRIDAY Little Green Cars Whelan’s, Dublin 8pm €23 whelanslive.com The difference three years can make: Irish band Little Green Cars have been put t(...)

Greatish expectations: Tom Hollander and Stefanie Martini in ‘Doctor Thorne’

If there’s one thing we know by now it’s that Julian Fellowes is a dab hand at writing period dramas. It’s not so long since the dustcovers were put o(...)

File photograph from 2006 showing f Sir George Martin holding his limited edition lithograph of the lyrics of ‘Yesterday’ written by Paul McCartney. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Sir George Martin, the record producer known as the “Fifth Beatle”, has died aged 90, Ringo Starr has said on Twitter. Sir George helped the Beatles (...)