Jonathan Bardon: many authors, while (rightly) concerned to be scholarly, do not seem to put themselves out to be lucid, lively and just plain readable

Historian Jonathan Bardon’s works include A History of Ulster (Blackstaff Press, 1992); Belfast: A Century (Blackstaff Press, 1999); Beyond the Stu(...)

Questions on Picasso came up in this year’s art history and appreciation papers. Photograph: Ralph Gatti/AFP/Getty Images

This year’s art history and appreciation papers (higher and ordinary levels) were broad, open and accessible, according to Liz Morrissey, ASTI subj(...)

What sets old houses apart from new builds, besides character and architectural curiosity, is that every period property has a past. While a house (...)

The building at 6-7 North Frederick Street is let to Children’s University Hospital, operator of the nearby Temple Street hospital

An impressive Georgian office building, once the studios of renowned stained glass artist Harry Clarke at 6-7 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1, is t(...)

Silvia Brigada from Milan  but living in Dublin views  an original stained-glass artwork by Harry Clarke (which outraged the Irish government in 1930),   on display at  the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 1:27

An original stained-glass artwork by Harry Clarke, rejected by the Irish government in 1930 as too scandalous, has gone on display at Dublin’s Hugh La(...)

The scene in Glasgow’s George Square after  a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians and  left six people dead. Photo: PA

The driver of a bin-lorry that went out of control killing six people and injuring ten in one of Glasgow’s busiest shopping districts during just a (...)

The new menu will focus on serving hot drinks, baked items and cakes rather than hot food. Photograph: The Irish Times

Plans for a redevelopment of Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street, costing more than €1 million, have been lodged with Dublin City Council ahead of the ca(...)

Belcamp College, part of Belcamp House, showing signs of the disrepair into which the property on the Malahide Road, Dublin, has fallen.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Belcamp House is a late 18th century Georgian County House on an elevated site in north Dublin. It was originally built for Sir Edward Newenham, a (...)

Two ladies figurative digital print silk viscose shirt-dress with leather collar €495

Stained glass, particularly medieval glass with its rich luminous colours has often fascinated fashion designers, notably Alexander McQueen and Jea(...)

Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street: rent doubled in 2007 to €1.5 million a year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

After five years of fighting a losing battle to have its “excessive annual rent” of €1.5 million reduced to a market level, Irish-owned coffee group B(...)