The Great Dublin Bike Ride: against the odds, Vinny was at the head of the Great Dublin Bike peloton which numbered 3,267, including celebs such as Ray D’Arcy, and his stumpy 57-year-old pins were pumping like pistons. Photograph: Sportsfile

After turning left off the Rathbeale Road, it struck Vinny Fitzpatrick that he was alone. He was the solitary cyclist, like the chap in the Arthur Con(...)

Caroline Catz  and Martin Clunes in Doc Martin: the series now showing on UTV Ireland was shown on UTV in autumn 2013

The version of Martin Clunes that turned up in your living room on Monday night tells you a lot about UTV Ireland when compared to UTV. Clunes, a reli(...)

Fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will be interested to hear that the Bloomsbury Hotel in London is offering a Sherlock Holmes package where guests ca(...)

Author Lean Cullinan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Léan Cullinan has been writing since childhood and is a graduate of the MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin. Her debut novel is The(...)

Former minister for finance Ernest Blythe who, in a previous era of austerity, cut the old-age pension still found public funds to translate Dracula i(...)

The old Scotland Yard building in London, which was immortalised  by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes stories. Fifty Sherlock Holmes works published before 1923 by Arthur Conan Doyle are in the public domain, a US appeals court said today.

Fifty Sherlock Holmes works published before 1923 by Arthur Conan Doyle are in the public domain, a US appeals court said today, and others may refer (...)

 Ben Kane: the author of historical fiction last year walked Hadrian’s Wall to raise money for Combat Stress and Medecins Sans Frontieres  clad in full, authentic Roman dress. Photograph: NorthNewsAndPictures

Ben Kane, described by Wilbur Smith as “the rising star of historical fiction”, has written nine novels. The latest, the fourth in his Hannibal ser(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron visit the grave of Irish MP Willie Redmond, who died in the first World War, in Heuvelland, Belgium, last month. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

British commemorations of the first World War will reflect the reality that some 200,000 Irishmen fought and at least 30,000 died in the conflict, Dr (...)

Night falls in Berlin. Look upwards from Alexanderplatz Station towards the Fernsehturm – around which Prussian mists gather ominously – and you could(...)

 Andrew Lane speaking on his latest Young Sherlock Holmes adventure, with  pupils from Scoil Iognaid, Galway . Photograph: Eric Luke.

In a forbidding castle perched on the edge of some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs, there is a sinister psychic, a dark beast and a servant frightened (...)