Villa Spada houses the Irish Embassy to the Vatican which was closed as a cost-cutting measure in 2011 before being reopened in 2014

As someone from a Northern Protestant background happily resident in Dublin, I know there is little or no point in trying to persuade my co-religionis(...)

Garret Fitzgerald and Margaret Thatcher with  ministers Peter Barry, Dick Spring,  Geoffrey Howe, and Tom King at the the signing of the Anglo Irish Agreement at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down, in November 1985. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The scene: Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. The time: the morning of Friday, November 15th, 1985. The atmosphere: “nervous cheerfulness.” Noises(...)

A barricade in Great Brunswick Street, Dublin, during the Easter Rising in 1916, in which fewer than 2,000 poorly armed, amateur soldiers fought the forces of the British empire. Photograph: Hulton archive/Getty Images)

The 1916 Rising was the first major revolt against British rule in Ireland since the United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798. During Easter Week 1916, the r(...)

Canada’s flanker John Moonlight: “Ill met by Moonlight,” Barnes cracked. The guffaws from Conor McNamara and Liam Toland in the commentary box told us it was funny. So did Google, once we’d established that Barnes was referencing a 1950s Dirk Bogarde war movie from a non-fiction book by W Stanley Moss. You get a different level of badinage with the rugby lads.

Saturday lunchtime and the rugby World Cup is happening, people. Settle down at the back and start concentrating. And here’s news for you - if you (...)

Along Dalkey’s narrow coastal road and up the hill towards Killiney are many modest gateways where granite pillars and high walls conceal magnificent (...)

Derek Hill painting a portrait of playwright and songwriter Sir Noël Coward

Derek Hill may not be a household name but he is one of a select few Englishmen granted honorary Irish citizenship. President Mary McAleese conferred (...)

Enda Kenny  will be watching the polls closely as his Government heads down the final straight. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians of all parties are doing their best to relax in the dog days of August in advance of the frenetic run-in to the general election, but spec(...)

Alexis Fitzgerald, with his wife, Mary Flaherty, at Leinster House. Photograph: Eric Luke

Timing and a little more electoral luck might well have secured Alexis FitzGerald, who has died aged 70, a senior role within Fine Gael in recent deca(...)

France still has a mission to civilise the world, and is utterly convinced she is right

1. LIVE FOR BEAUTY With the possible exception of Italy, no other nation has such a highly developed sense of aesthetics. The creation of beauty(...)

Sheila O’Leary, aged 93, in Dublin: ‘My father didn’t talk much about 1916. He talked more about the Boer War.’ 5:08

Sheila O’Leary is one of the few people, and probably the only one left alive, whose parents were both in the GPO during Easter 1916. Her father, Tho(...)