Lord Dufferin (in the top hat, back row) at a family gathering in Barrackpore, India, around 1880. Photograph: Alinari via Getty

‘He is I suppose the most popular man in Europe, but what a bore it must be, having to keep up such a reputation.” This 1879 judgment of the first (...)

Cunard liner the RMS Lusitania. File photograph: PA Wire

A series of events is being organised in Co Cork over coming months to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7th, 1(...)

Cobh will mark 
 centenary of the Lusitania’s sinking with 
 five months 
of events. Photograph: PA

Cobh will mark the centenary of the sinking of RMS Lusitania with a five-month programme of events. The sinking of the passenger liner by a German U(...)

The strangely medieval-looking medlar, which can be used to make fragrant medlar jelly to serve as an accompaniment to game, pork or lamb

I don’t grow medlars (Mespilus germanica), but last week’s sight of Airfield Gardens’ gnarly old tree, its twisting branches heavily laden with these (...)

A marble bust of Benjamin Lee Guinness

At Adam’s two-day Country House Collections, which concluded at Slane Castle in Co Meath on Monday, bidders spent €1.4 million and 67 per cent of the (...)

A memoir by Lady Ardilaun includes this photograph of her wearing her ceremonial robes and coronet for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902

Adam’s is temporarily relocating to Slane Castle in Co Meath next week for its sixth annual Country House Collections auction. It is the most inter(...)

Victoria Cross was awarded to Irishman Stephen Garvin

One of the first Victoria Crosses won by an Irishman will be auctioned in London by medals auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb next Friday, September 19th. Th(...)

Rathgar is one of those quietly classy areas where you get the sense that even though fashions in coffee drinking may change, little else does. Well,(...)

A traffic jam in Clones on match day

US readers of yesterday’s diary might be forgiven for thinking that 98 Avenue in Clones, which I mentioned in passing, was part of an American-style g(...)

A “premium space” in Glasnevin cemetery costs up to €20,000.

Dublin city and county is the most expensive location in Europe in which to be buried, it has been suggested in the Dail. Labour TD Eamonn Malo(...)