Winston Churchill’s observation to a new MP that, although his opponents sat on the opposition benches, his enemies were sitting behind him, is a trut(...)

Mark Keating of the Whitewater Foundation with his dog Pajo will trek through five Balkan countries. Photograph: The Irish Times

An Irish businessman and his Labrador dog have been training for a 20,000km walk over mountains to raise funds for charity and to mark his relatives’ (...)

In a Word . . . ugly

You may have read the article in these pages a couple of weeks ago by columnist Lucy Kellaway on how good-looking people do better these days. This no(...)

Sheila O’Leary, aged 93, in Dublin: ‘My father didn’t talk much about 1916. He talked more about the Boer War.’ 5:08

Sheila O’Leary is one of the few people, and probably the only one left alive, whose parents were both in the GPO during Easter 1916. Her father, Tho(...)

Jonathan Bardon: many authors, while (rightly) concerned to be scholarly, do not seem to put themselves out to be lucid, lively and just plain readable

Historian Jonathan Bardon’s works include A History of Ulster (Blackstaff Press, 1992); Belfast: A Century (Blackstaff Press, 1999); Beyond the Stu(...)

A Ferrari 250 GTO from the personal collection of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason

When the hammer came down on the black Ferrari 250 GT California, the rise and rise of the celebrity classic car was confirmed. Once owned by James C(...)

Hope Castle in Castleblayney

The new Monaghan Tourism website does not exaggerate when it describes the local landscape as “unspoiled”. The county of the little hills is indeed(...)

Manual workers are the most likely to be off sick, followed by desk-bound workers, the very ones who spend all day sitting at a desk.

Charles Dickens wrote Hard Times, Bleak House and A Tale of Two Cities using one; Winston Churchill in the years after the second World War used one t(...)

The  “Victory Watch” features a distinctive enamel dial showing St George slaying the dragon, with a trident as the hour hand

Sotheby’s has announced that it will offer at auction this autumn “a unique Victory Watch” commissioned for Sir Winston Churchill, the British prime m(...)

London bobbies struggle to hold back surging crowd of Londoners massed in Parliament Square on VE Day, signalling end to WWII in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images/Bob Landry

“…above the battle’s fury -Clouds and trees and grass.”From: To Mark Anthony in Heaven, by William Carlos Williams. Beyond joy, beyond relief, it was (...)