Address cachets don’t come much better than being able to say, as is the case with 20 Synge Street, that you live opposite the house in which George (...)

The last time I visited the Holy Land was with Pope John Paul II in the year 2000. Excuse me. Pope saint John Paul II. Visiting there with “ordinar(...)

Members of Palestine’s El Funoun DaMembers of Palestine’s El Funoun Dance Troupe will lead an open-air instruction on the Middle-Eastern dance technique of ‘Dabke’ in Eyre Square as part of the Galway Dance Days festival this weekend. Photograph: Galway Dance Days

Ireland v PolandThe wait has been excruciating, but Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland team will finally return to the Aviva Stadium for a first com(...)

In a word ... age

Surely one of the saddest lines in all of literature has to be that uttered by Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Where he says “I w(...)

‘To put it simply, without a strong capital the rest of the country is banjaxed.’ Above, the Spire on O’Connell Street. Photograph: Getty Images

St Patrick’s Day offers a unique opportunity to indulge in crass generalisations about what it means to be Irish. Today we can speak loosely in the(...)

Painting of Brendan Behan and Lucian Freud is part of Mark McFadden’s debut exhibition in Dublin, ‘Literary Greats’, at the Residence club on St Stephen’s Green

This painting of Brendan Behan and Lucian Freud is by Mark McFadden, an Irish artist from Falcarragh, Co Donegal, now living in Monaco. It’s pa(...)

If you were under the impression that Ireland has had little association with the Oscars outside My Left Foot, Once and the quotes of Mr Wilde you’d b(...)

Glen Hansard who won the Best Song  Oscar in 2007 with Marketa Irglova for ‘Falling Slowly’ from the film ‘Once’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

If you were under the impression that Ireland had little association with the Oscars beyond My Left Foot, Once and the quotes of one Mr Wilde, you’d b(...)

The Swilcan Bridge on the the Old Course at St Andrews. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty

As George Bernard Shaw once put it, “progress is impossible without change”.For sure, he didn’t have golf in mind when providing the benefit of his wi(...)

The famous poster depicting Sgt Michael O’Leary VC which was used to recruit Irish nationalists. Library of Congress.

On February 1st 1915, the Irish Guards were attacking a stretch of the La Bassée canal in northern France near the Belgian border. Lance Corporal Mich(...)