Taoiseach Enda Kenny   with Gregory Ellis and Keith Pascoe of the Vanbrugh String Quartet at the opening of the newly refurbished Kevin Barry Recital Room at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

I don’t suppose it was a decisive issue, one way or another – the 1921 Treaty debates were probably doomed from the start, wherever they were held. Bu(...)

The relentless advance of the aspirated “haitch”

I spent a couple of hours last month talking to an English journalist who was in town to cover the Rising centenary. And during a wide-ranging exchang(...)

President Barack Obama consults with director of speechwriting Cody Keenan and senior presidential speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office

Sitting at his desk in front of a striking photograph he took at the Cliffs of Moher on a trip to Ireland last summer, Cody Keenan is hard at work wr(...)

My offering this week comes from the epicentre of the renowned Gap of the North, or to be more precise a comfortable armchair in the lobby of the Car(...)

55 Percy Place: developed by Oakmount, run by  Paddy McKillen Jr and Matt Ryan, with London based U+I plc

Long before Patrick Kavanagh waxed lyrical about its leafy “love banks” the Grand Canal held a special place in the capital’s heart. That stretch o(...)

We genealogists spend our time hiding from “big history”, convinced in our hearts that small, personal experiences are the real core of the historical(...)

‘There were no surprises in terms of the language or vocabulary, and it was all very doable,’ said German teacher Patrick Kavanagh

Straightforward and standard but perhaps a little dry: that was the verdict of Patrick Kavanagh, Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland subject rep(...)

Leaving Cert German students faced a nice and fair higher level paper, although some topics and questions may have caused consternation, said Patri(...)

Antoinette Quinn, who has died aged 74, was an acknowledged expert on Patrick Kavanagh and the author of an acclaimed biography of the poet. It was f(...)

Disappear With Me: Alec Soth’s Snapchat images, which vanish from your phone almost as soon as you receive them, have sold out. Photograph: Jenn Ackerman/New York Times

It’s a First World problem that is insignificant in the face of life’s major traumas, but a defining malady among those who have enough is the nagging(...)