The  computer has an intact motherboard,  a vintage keyboard and monitor. Photograph: Bonhams

A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs’ garage in 1976 has sold for $905,000 dollars (€717,000) at auction in New York Ci(...)

Queen Elizabeth II’s understated but significant words of insight on the troubled history of Anglo-Irish relations at a state dinner in Dublin in 2011 are included in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations: “With the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As Scotland goes to the polls today to decide on its independence, it is interesting to leaf through this week’s newly published eighth edition of (...)

One day at the museum: some of the exhibits at the Natural History Museum on Dublin’s Merrion Street. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:44

The tourism and research potential of our Natural History Museum is being dragged down by budget cuts. About 300,000 visitors drop into Dublin’s fa(...)

Donald Clarke with Music on Clinton Street: ‘It’s an underrated novel that engages with many obsessions found in McCabe’s later work.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

We gave five treasure hunters €100 each and sent them off to bag bargains. At the end of the series, James O’Halloran of Adam’s Auctioneers will va(...)

English soccer fan Jimmy Barwick outside the Teatro Amazonas opera house in Manaus, Brazil, birthplace of Milton Hatoum. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

In my youth, two British travellers were chosen for discussion by my history teacher. Behind the choice lay a moral presupposition. The first trave(...)

An undated handout photo issued by Trinity College Dublin of a male Wakatobi Flowerpecker (Dicaeum kuehni) that was caught on Tomia Island by Trinity College Dublin zoologists in the biodiversity hotspot of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photograph: Trinity College Dublin/PA Wire.

A new species of a tiny, colourful bird has been found by Irish scientists in a small island chain in the tropics.Zoologists from Trinity College Dubl(...)

Neanderthal man who lived from about 120,000 years ago to 30,000 years ago. Photograph: Tom McHugh/Field Museum, Chicago/Science photo Library

International experts on our much misunderstood and somewhat maligned ancestor, the Neanderthal, gather in NUI Galway today– the campus where the term(...)

Sheila Agnew: I can’t write fiction at a desk. Whenever I try to do so, all creative thought abandons me

Sheila Agnew’s first book for children (aged 9+), Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan, was published in Ireland and Britain in March. The second b(...)

Spring in their step: lambs playing together. Illustration: Michael Viney

Nothing adds more pleasure to a sunny spring evening than to stand at the window with a glass of decent burgundy and contemplate the gambolling of rin(...)

Fiona Crouch of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, speaking during a survey as part of the launch of Shore Thing Ireland at Spiddal, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy 3:58

Synthetic clothing, skin exfoliants and toothpaste may not sound too toxic, but to a lugworm or filter-feeding mussel they are lethal poison. (...)