The Reading Room at the London Library in St James’s Square, London, in 1954: the library is the world’s largest independent lending library. Photograph:  Monte Fresco jnr/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

St James’s Square, between Pall Mall and Piccadilly, is the venue this weekend for a one-off literary festival, featuring some of the biggest names in(...)

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The Luas bridge at Taney junction is named the William Dargan Bridge after the man who built the Harcourt Street line

Take the train to Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Tralee, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Belfast or Derry and you are travelling on lines built largely by William(...)