“There were no beer taps on the makeshift counter, only bottles. Whiskey was measured by hand.”

The village of Drum in Co Monaghan is entirely dry these days, but 20-odd years ago I spent a memorable evening in its last surviving licensed premise(...)

Burning and hedge-cutting

The decision by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys to relax environmental regulations on burning and hedge-cutting has be(...)

Commemorative plaque at 16 Moore Street where republicans decided to surrender towards the end of the 1916 Rising. Photograph: Frank Miller

Had it been left entirely to property developer Joe O’Reilly, the decrepit buildings at 14-17 Moore Street, where leaders of the Rising took refuge af(...)

 Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has revealed that her grandfather signed the Ulster Covenant. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has revealed that her grandfather signed the Ulster Covenant in 1912. Robert James S(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: said  that if John Delaney wanted the people of Tipperary to vote for him, that was fine. But to say he was “actively canvassing” would be stretching it. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Look. We’re all men and women of the world. We’re all grown-ups here. What a man decides to do in his private time is his own business. As long as it(...)

 Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys with John McDonough, director of the National Archives, at the launch of the design phase of new €8 million redevelopment of the National Archives.

An €8 million project to improve facilities at the National Archives will begin in September, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Hu(...)

Swan song: could the whoopers desert Ireland too? Illustration: Michael Viney

Between the worst of the storms a score of whooper swans left the shelter of their lake beneath the land cliff and let the wind lift them north along(...)

At the launch in Google’s offices of its interactive street tour of 1916 was Lieut Gearoid O’Briain, a great-grandson of Cathal Brugha.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Taoiseach has suggested that Northern Ireland’s new First Minister Arlene Foster should speak about her own views on the Easter Rising even if sh(...)

Demonstrators vacate properties on Dublin’s Moore Street. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Campaigners who had been occupying historic buildings on Moore Street, Dublin, have vacated the properties pending the outcome of a High Court hearing(...)

Spokesman for the Save Moore Street group Damien Farrell.

Buildings at the centre of a protest in Dublin were in ruins prior to the 1916 Easter Rising and “are not historically significant,” the Department of(...)