Kristine Rose Beers, working on a mid-16th century Qur’an produced by the master artist Ruzbihan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There are few places where sticky goop made from fish meets mass spectrometry, other than in the conservation unit of a museum. The old and the new(...)

 Farhan Mohammad in his orchard in Wadi Gibel, South Sinai, Egypt

High up in the rocky crags of Mount Sinai, where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments, there is a series of secret gardens; little oase(...)

Today   international visitors pour from tourist coaches to   queue for the Library of Trinity College to see the Gospels in the form of the Book of Kells.

J B Phillips, one of the great Bible translators of the 20th century, once remarked: “Men and women who would be deeply ashamed of having their ignora(...)

A spokeswoman  for Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys said the Minister “was not consulted in advance and she had no role in the decision-making process” on the sale of the Beit paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The decision by the trust that runs Russborough House to sell valuable paintings in London to raise funds was presented as a “done deal” to Minister f(...)

Kyoto lidded vase, mark of Namikawa Yasuyuki, circa 1890. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Seven Treasures Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle *****   Cloisonné is an ancient enamelling technique. As a process, the(...)

Yomiko (centre), in a Poppy Ivory Fine Lace Bridal Gown with Delicate Scatter Beadwork, with Karen Fitzpatrick (left), in a Lilianna Orchid Silk Organza Digital Print Dress  and Sarah Morrisey, in a Pari Ivory Crepe Tunic with Petal Embroidered Sleeves  and Crista Red Capri Trs, all part of the Louise Kennedy Spring Summer Collection 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Japanese woodblock print of cherry blossoms on a card from the Chester Beatty Library shop was the starting point for Louise Kennedy’s spring collec(...)

The Bolshoi Ballet will perform live from Moscow via satellite at the Lighthouse Cinema on Sunday. Photograph: Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images.
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Pony Panto Comedy dance theatre company Ponydance presents its twist on pantomime at the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar, Dublin 2, together with a (...)

Ishaq ibn Hunayn’s Arabic Translation of Euclid’s Elements, AD 1270. Photograph: copyright the trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

Some years ago a book with the title How the Irish Saved Civilisation was published. It told of how, by copying ancient manuscripts, Irish monks pr(...)

After graduation, Monica Henchy  taught English for a year in Salamanca, which gave her a lifelong love of all things Hispanic.

Monica Henchy, who has died aged 87, was well known through her regular contributions to RTÉ’s Sunday Miscellany to a large nationwide audience. The p(...)

Ssssssh: the atmosphere keeps kids quiet and the books keep them entertained. Above: the National Library. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Free time is rarely free, and this is never more true than when you are trying to keep children entertained during the long days of summer. A trip (...)