An image from Rowena Keaveny’s contribution to the 2007 Finding Portlaoise project

The midlands tend to be misunderstood, not just in Ireland but everywhere. We find it easier to describe extremities than that nebulous region in w(...)

Complicated: the research stretched back to the early 18th century, long before property records were reliable. Manuscript map of Dublin in the late 17th century courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Prices tell stories. We have all heard the one that starts with “Back in my day”, then describes what petrol or sweets or a house cost years ago. In t(...)

The research  by financial analyst Karl Deeter, Frank Quinn of the Blackrock Further Education Institute and David Duffy of the Economic and Social Research Institute looked at streets across Dublin city

The most recent property crash was just one in a long line of Irish booms and busts recorded over the last 300 years and not even close to being the w(...)

Sinn Féiner of the Year: Party leader Gerry Adams for holding onto his position for 31 years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Politician of the year Independent TD for Kildare Catherine Murphy was on top of the water issue from the outset, pinpointing problems the Governmen(...)

A small crowd of regular punters were split between thinking the whole episode was bizarre and reflecting how incredible it was that the head of the Government could casually have a pint in a gay bar

“Wow! Enda Kenny in Pantibar. That’s a first for us.” A tweet from Pantibar’s manager Shane Harte caused disbelief on Tuesday night, but there he was,(...)

Dromana House on the banks of the Blackwater in Waterford. Photographs: Bill Flynn

To wander into the kitchen at Dromana House is to understand immediately why one family has remained here for more than 800 years. The annivers(...)

John Redmond, who was the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900 until his death in 1918, remains a controversial figure in Irish history

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he wants to put a monument to John Redmond in Leinster House. He has written to his Fine Gael predecessor John Bruton st(...)

Reflected glory: the Ha’penny Bridge. Photograph: William Asanome/Getty

When such a scholarly, encyclopaedic exploration of our capital city as this highly readable new study by David Dickson is published, one benedictiont(...)

Patrick Mc Devitt CM president of All Hallows (centre), with students in the college grounds. From left William Locke, Emma Schmid-Looney, Emmet Tracey and Joseph O Hara. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former president Mary McAleese could hardly have known how prescient she was being in an address she delivered at All Hallows College in September 200(...)

All Hallows College is to close due to its inability to  attract students in recent years.

It was formally announced this afternoon that All Hallows College in Dublin is to close. In a statement, the college said it was making the announceme(...)