The John Hinde postcard of Skerries

I don’t know why it is so amusing to see a tanned, handsome man in sunglasses lounging on a beach holding a rather large camera in a strategic posi(...)

Detail from Light Touch by Michael Coleman

Little Yellow Cardigan – Michael Coleman Cross Gallery, Dublin ***** Some artists arrive at a medium, a style, a method, and achieve a(...)

The John Hinde postcard of Kilkee

It is picture-postcard weather on the day I visit Kilkee, Co Clare. One of the best ways to see vivid blue skies and blue ocean in Ireland is on a (...)

Cabbage vendors: a postcard included in one of the biggest collections of vintage Irish postcards dating mostly  from 1905-1920

Are you a deltiologist? No, it doesn’t mean membership of a weird cult or refer to the latest fad diet. The little-used word is used to describe a col(...)

Caroline Catz  and Martin Clunes in Doc Martin: the series now showing on UTV Ireland was shown on UTV in autumn 2013

The version of Martin Clunes that turned up in your living room on Monday night tells you a lot about UTV Ireland when compared to UTV. Clunes, a reli(...)

A production still from Gareth Kennedy’s The Last Wooden House of Kupchino. Photograph: Ekaterina Sytnik

Invented Tradition – Gareth Kennedy Galway Arts Centre **** The editors of the book The Invention of Tradition, historians Eric Hobsbawm and Te(...)

The net curtains are neat. In another place they’d tip into twee. But this room has the bone structure to carry them off, like a frumpy haircut on (...)

The funeral of former Kerry South TD Jackie Healy-Rae is led by Jackie’s pony ‘Peig’ past his pub in Kilgarvan village. Photograph: Eamonn Keogh/MacMonagle

He was buried wearing the cap. It could not have been any other way. Charlie Chaplin had his bowler. John Wayne had his Stetson. And Jackie Healy-Rae (...)

Second Sight: Light Work AIR2 by Doug DuBois, at Imma

Second Sight Imma, Dublin **** Second Sight marks the second installment of the phased donation of David Kronn’s extensive photographic col(...)

Paul Howard at home in Avoca, Co Wicklow, with his basset hound Humphrey. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I sit at a desk thinking in the voice of an idiot for ten hours a day,” says Paul Howard. “That’s my job. Imagine driving home every evening with tha(...)