This is a house - at Harcourt Terrace, Dublin 2 - with one of the most gracious and elegantly historical outlooks in Dublin. Close to some of t(...)

Peadar Bourke, christened Peter but always known by the Irish version of his name, who has died aged 88, was the last surviving member of Dublin’s fam(...)

 Ursula Halligan:  ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this. I  can’t believe I’m telling everyone I’m 54.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nobody was thinking of the chickens yesterday. Waving their optimistic little wings from the corner. Begging to be counted. But universally shunned.Th(...)

Essaouira, Morocco

Have you ever fallen in love with the Alhambra in Granada, or wandered in awe through Córdoba’s vast mosque? If so, you may have wondered what Euro(...)

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(...)

What is it that makes some streets special and others, maybe just a block away, less so? Is it that the houses are particularly fine and set on(...)

Anne McCabe, artistic director of An Taibhdhearc theatre in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Spring and Anne McCabe work well together. The new artistic director of An Taibhdhearc, the national Irish-language theatre, has spent much of (...)

The ESB offices, viewed  from Baggot Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The announcement by the ESB in 1962 that it planned to demolish 16 houses on Lower Fitzwilliam Street provoked widespread opposition from conservation(...)

Artist Micheál Ó Nualláin at his home on Belgrave Square, Monkstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Why should it matter who lived in a house before you? If memories and atmospheres are as easy to clear out as carpets, curtains and light fitti(...)

 Milo O’Shea in 2007  after having his handprints taken for placing outside the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A whole decade ago, Milo O’Shea, who has died in New York at the age of 86, spent an afternoon pummelling this writer with a relentless series (...)