The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois by Fortunino Matania, which now hangs in Gleesons pub in Booterstown, Co Dublin

A harp given by the poet WB Yeats to Maud Gonne – which she apparently played while he recited his verse – made €37,000 and was the top lot in Whyte’s(...)

Archive of restored film at Whyte’s history auction

The top lot in Whyte’s history auction on Saturday, May 9th, estimated at €150,000-€180,000, is described as “an extremely important archive of restor(...)

Victor Plarr, Thomas Sturge Moore, William Butler Yeats, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington, and F. S. Flint at the ‘peacock dinner’. Photograph: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

On January 18th 1914, seven poets gathered to eat a peacock. The meal was organised as a tribute to the handsome old man with the impressive white bea(...)

Mai Geldof, who has died aged 105, was the last surviving sibling of four born to Zenon, a Belgian chef and restaurateur, and Amelia Geldof, the young(...)

Liz Gillis: ‘I hope I have done justice to the memory of these women, our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, great-aunts.’

The idea for writing Women of the Irish Revolution came when I was writing my last book Revolution in Dublin 1913-1923: A Photographic History. During(...)

Annie West with ‘Prime Time’ presenter David McCullagh at the launch of Yeats in Love in the Yeats Building, Sligo.

Annie West developed a “loathing” for the poetry of WB Yeats at school and there was an element of “getting my own back” with her book Yeats in Love.(...)

Boy and girl pirate costumes, €18 each from Dunnes Stores

Q My kids are gearing up for Halloween, and this is my six-year-old daughter’s first time trick-or-treating. She doesn’t really know what she wants(...)

Top, from left, Constance Markievicz; and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Bottom, from left, Joseph Plunkett; Alice Milligan; and Thomas MacDonagh.  Main photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From the early 1900s the development of the Abbey Theatre was accompanied by challenging alternatives, spearheaded by political activists. They inc(...)

Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, Kathleen Shannon and Kate Sheedy, in their graduation robes and mortar-boards, carry a banner saying “Votes” [for women]

After the Easter Rising Brigid Lyons was captured and imprisoned. Faced with the prospect of sharing a cell with a prostitute, or, as she put i(...)

George Moore (1852-1933) by Édouard Manet

The Irish writer George Moore (1852-1933) said Paris was his “Oxford and Cambridge”. Although he inhabited the French capital for only seven years, fr(...)