Going his own way: Paul Muldoon around the time of Madoc. Photograph: Frank Miller

When Paul Muldoon posted a selection of poems to Seamus Heaney in April 1968 he was just 16 years old. Muldoon’s teacher in Armagh had taken him to a(...)

Violet Gibson toward the end of her incarceration

For such a simple inscription, her gravestone in a Northampton cemetery is unusual in having both a comma and a full stop.  Neither is strictly n(...)

The Ormond Hotel on Ormond Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A fresh attempt is being made to demolish and redevelop Dublin’s Ormond Hotel, a prominent Liffey quayside property that closed down more than a decad(...)

After dinner in Yamamori restaurant with his sister one evening in 2014, David (31) from Enniscrone, Co Sligo, met Hinata (25), who had come from Tok(...)

Paris Syndrome describes the delusions, dizziness, hallucinations and anxiety caused by the intense expectations of tourists, coupled with the fact that the reality of their experiences may not quite come up to their imaginings. Photograph: Thinkstock

The Café de la Nouvelle Mairie is set on a picturesque square, just around the corner from the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Its clients and sta(...)

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So often have I heard about Patrick Pearse reading the proclamation “on the steps of the GPO” that, despite multiple visits to the building over the y(...)

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One of the more amusing recollections of Easter 1916 was left to us in the memoirs of Arthur Power, then a British soldier on sick leave, later a well(...)

Javier Marías at his home in Madrid. “I love Swift, Wilde and Heaney.” Photograph: Francis Tsang/Getty Images

The year 1980 was an exhilarating time to be alive in Spain. General Francisco Franco had died five years earlier, in November 1975. There followed a(...)

Roger Casement and John Devoy. The Clan Na Gael wrote “the serial and ill informed men who write the editorials have been airing their ignorance this week over ‘riots started by a Sinn Féin mob in Dublin’.”

On August 20th, 1916 Joyce Kilmer, the poet and journalist, interviewed Moira Regan, whom he described as a “slight gray-eyed girl with a charming fla(...)

Supreme Court judge Adrian Hardiman. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman has died, the Courts Service has confirmed. Chief Justice Susan Denham said she “received the ne(...)