Ken Ryan and William Malone from The Abbey Stained Glass Studios giving The Harry Clarke Studios windows their final inspection before being reinstalled in the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary Convent in Cavan.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

They like cooking at The Abbey Stained Glass in old Kilmainham. Not food but glass, stained glass. In two massive ovens, one a baker’s oven salvage(...)

A boy walks between gravestones of first World War soldiers at the Tyne Cot cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium. The aim of the archive initiative with Google is to bring the ‘history of the first World War closer to Ireland’. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A bursary scheme to allow Irish university students to research Ireland’s involvement in the first World War was announced yesterday by Ministe(...)

A former Church of Ireland near Ardee, Co Louth, converted into a luxurious family home at a cost of €1.2 million, is now on the market through Savil(...)

The Fleet Street Hotel and TGI Friday’s inTemple Bar: a protected structure with decorative windows attributed to Harry Clarke’s father Joshua. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Dublin City Council decision to allow TGI Friday’s restaurant to make a new entrance in the historic front of the former Bewleys in Westmoreland St(...)

 The restored Irish National War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge, Dublin. Photographs: Richard Johnston

I’ve never fully understood why the Irish National War Memorial Gardens aren’t better known. Perhaps it’s a simple case of both geography and topograp(...)

Satellite studies: the ocean sunfish, or Mola mola. Illustration: Michael Viney

Where I’d quite like to be just now, to flee the hillside midges, is out there on a breezy island clifftop, couched among cushions of sea pinks and ga(...)

A member of Christie’s staff looks at Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucien Freud in London prior to its sale. Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images

Following the art auction results at Christie’s and Sotheby’s can feel like watching the Olympics before the clampdown on illegal drugs. It’s no fun, (...)

From the just-published Vintage Values, a collection of 100 striking covers from a series of pamphlets published by the Catholic Truth Society  between the 1920s and 1970s

Vintage Values – this is the title given to the just-published collection of 100 striking covers from a series of pamphlets published by the Catholic(...)

Before the fire: St Mel’s cathedral, Longford

On Christmas Day 2009, Kevin Fay stood at the entrance to St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford and watched in horror as snow fell on the still smouldering s(...)

Ken Ryan of Abbey Stained Glass. “We’re in a very specific niche and our business will never be huge. But there is no reason for it not to survive”

For the last 70 years the Abbey Stained Glass Company has been run by three generations of the Ryan family. This era is now coming to an end: there ar(...)