Brilliant act of reappropriation: DruidShakespeare, featuring Aisling O’Sullivan as Henry V, invites us to experience Shakespeare’s histories through an Irish lens. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

In the late 1980s, when I began research on what turned into my book 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, I had never heard of the Irish (...)

C Wing of Crumlin Road Gaol. Photograph: crumlinroadgaol.com

My dentist has spent some time in jail, as he admitted recently while we were waiting for my jaw to freeze. In fact he showed me a picture of himself (...)

Horses and jockeys pounding the sand at the Omey races in Connemara on Sunday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

White horses on the near-Atlantic, wild southeasterlies and Wellington boot weather might make any racecourse manager want to roll over in bed. Not (...)

Hugh O’Neill  makes a formal submission to the English after the suppression of his Irish rebellion. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

On a stormy Christmas Eve in 1601, three men faced each other across the blasted battleground of Kinsale in an epic confrontation that would decide th(...)

Fr Oliver Kennedy with NI Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill Photograph: Stephen Davison

The EU proposal to ban eel fishing on Lough Neagh and close the Toome eel fishery might spell the end of a centuries-long battle between the lough’s e(...)