A detached period house in an unusual but convenient location – just after the roundabout leading into the village of Shankill in south county Dublin(...)

‘The Taking of Christ’ by Michelangelo MerisiCaravaggio (1602). Photograph courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland and the Jesuit Community, Leeson Street, Dublin who acknowledge the generosity of the late Dr Marie Lea-Wilson

One of the most interesting items consigned to Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers’ big “history” sale in Dublin next month, on the eve of the actual centenary (...)

Heroes and blood sacrifice: Roger Casement as envisioned in Alan Phelan’s Our Kind

Having never been a fan of parades or raking up the past, I was worried in the early weeks of 2016. I wondered if the anniversary programming of Irela(...)

Eamonn de Burca: ‘As a general rule of thumb, with really rare books one can expect to double one’s money in 10 years’

Éamonn de Búrca runs De Búrca Rare Books, along with his son William, in Blackrock, Co Dublin. He buys and sells old and rare books, manuscripts and (...)

The Baptism of St Patrick: Harry Clarke’s stained-glass art is deeply questioning. St Patrick is haggard and weary; the image seems to invite us to wonder about his anxiety and about what would come after him

A room in the Bapst Art Library at Boston College has a rather extraordinary double stained glass window. Boston College is a Jesuit institution, and (...)

Detail from Harry Clarke’s illustrations of Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914-1918

In Paul Murray’s novel Skippy Dies the history teacher Howard Fallon grows frustrated with retelling war stories from a textbook. So he takes his stud(...)

‘Airman of Inisheer’ by Margaret Clarke

“Since the beginning of 2015 the Irish art market has experienced a resurgence and there is a palpable confidence in the saleroom with collect(...)

Illustration by PJ Lynch from his book The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland’s Good Fortune

A dragon is flaring his nostrils at me. A demonic little boy glares gleefully from the front carriage of a ghost train. A young man stretches his a(...)

A church conversion can make for a magnificently unique home, the type of project that Kevin McCloud and his Grand Designs team relish. The lofty s(...)

Harry Clarke, who was driving a bin lorry last December in Glasgow when it crashed, killing six people, arrives at Glasgow Sheriff Court to give evidence to an inquiry into the tragedy, August 21st, 2015. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A Glasgow bin lorry driver who blacked out at the wheel, sparking an incident which caused the deaths of six pedestrians, has refused to say sorry at (...)