Relaxing in Powerscourt Hotel, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow,  winner of the AA Hotel of the Year 2015

Jingle bells will be ringing around the country as more hotels are decking the halls with boughs of holly and opening for Christmas this year. (...)

James Stafford:  took over his family’s coal-importing business, transforming it into a major player in the coal market. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The businessman and art collector James Stafford, who has died aged 70, was a leading figure in the Irish business world in the 1970s and 1980s, who l(...)

  Indulgent hotels Capture a castle in Mayo Ashford Castle is synonymous with luxury and now that new owners, the Tollman family, ha(...)


A castellated mansion in Dalkey, Co Dublin is on sale with an asking price of €10.5 million. Inniscorrig now takes up the mantle of “Dublin’s most exp(...)

A memoir by Lady Ardilaun includes this photograph of her wearing her ceremonial robes and coronet for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902

Adam’s is temporarily relocating to Slane Castle in Co Meath next week for its sixth annual Country House Collections auction. It is the most inter(...)

Kaiser Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia,. Helmuth Von Moltke, German army chief of staff, and Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz on December 8th 1912, after news from London that Britain would not tolerate the crushing of France, Wilhelm met his top military, including both men. At what became known as “the War Council”, Moltke argued in favour of war, “the sooner the better”. Tirpitz argued “the navy would prefer to see the postponement of the great fight for one and a half years”. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
What will the British do?

‘The influence of the Irish crisis on German policy has generally been underestimated,” Northern Ireland historian ATQ Stewart wrote in his thriller-l(...)

On May 24th, 1913, there was a big family party in Berlin. Victoria Louise, the youngest, favourite child and only daughter of the German emperor Kais(...)

Windsor Castle: the repository of  flags of  Irish regiments in the British army which have not been seen in public since 1922. Photograph: Reuters

‘Hang up your brightest colours,” advised George Bernard Shaw after the death of Michael Collins. Both men would surely have relished this hist(...)

 Sir Edward Carson: he  was  willing to carry resistance to Home Rule to almost any length, legal or illegal. Photograph:    Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Edward Carson’s long shadow

Unlike Margaret Thatcher, an Irishman who toyed with treason and brought Ireland to the brink of bloody civil conflict was given a state funeral by th(...)

Whyte’s auctioneers sale of historical collectibles in Dublin next Saturday, September 14th, includes what is described as an “intriguing” piece of ca(...)