Marta Turalska from Newcastle West,  Limerick, holds her winning picture, My Grandma With Grape,  in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A Limerick student’s portrait of her grape-eating granny was on Tuesday announced as the winner of the Texaco Children’s Art Competition 2016. The (...)

Ireland has always had an issue with separation. It took us 700 years to separate from Britain, a separation which dragged on until 1949 in which we f(...)

‘Gobshite’ –  a rank earned usually by many years of outstanding achievement in annoying people, but sometimes awarded on the basis of a single egregious misdemeanour

Among the many causes for national pride in recent days, not the least – I thought – was hearing the word “eejit” on Tuesday night’s Sky TV News. (...)

Crossmaglen Rangers’ and Armagh’s Joe Kernan plays a major role in the club’s story. Photograph: Eric Luke

The most extraordinary aspect of the Crossmaglen Rangers story, as so compellingly told in the recent BBC Northern Ireland documentary by Natalie Mayn(...)

Brian Cowen served as taoiseach from May 2008 to March 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Department of the Taoiseach has yet to give the go-ahead for an official portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen, almost five years after he left(...)

Philippe Leboeuf: French hotelier helped Conor Kenny launch his new book, ‘Dancing at the Fountain’, this week in Kildare. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Michael Davern, chief executive of the K Club, and renowned French hotelier Phillippe Leboeuf, general manager of the Mandarin Oriental in Pari(...)

  Former Taoiseach,   Jack Lynch  ... John Peck, the British ambassador in Dublin, reported asking him   how important the issue of reunification was to the Republic’s electorate, and “his answer amounted to saying that they could not care less.” Photograph: Eric Luke

In January 1923, an interned nationalist teacher in Belfast wrote to the new Free State’s minister for education, Eoin Mac Neill: “The bitter part is (...)

Thomas Patrick (Tom) Donnelly, who has died aged 81, was a former manager of both the Cork Opera House and the Irish National Ballet Company, and also(...)

The back of a  medal awarded to one of the Clare team who  won the All-Ireland hurling final in 1914

GAA memorabilia seems to be growing in popularity among collectors in Ireland and throughout the diaspora. Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers has an interesting(...)

John O’Leary (left),  a Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry South from 1966 to 1997 and a minister of state from 1977 to 1979, with Charles Haughey. Mr O’Leary says in his memoirs that Haughey could be vindictive and many of his supporters were thugs. Photograph: On The Doorsteps, Memoirs of a long-serving TD.

Former taoiseach Charles Haughey could be vindictive and many of his supporters were thugs, a former Fianna Fáil minister of state has claimed in his (...)