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 2:05

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 (...)

No matter how many times you have visited the eclectic treasure chest of superb exhibits at the Chester Beatty library in Dublin, it’s certain you (...)

Revelation 11: 19, 12: 1-6 (P47): The Book of Revelation  c. AD250-300 © The Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle has some of the finest treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world, given to the Iri(...)

Today, some separated men are in despair because they have little or no access to their children or because they have little or no capacity to (...)

A chess set believed to have been used by Daniel O’Connell and Richard Lalor Sheil while imprisoned in Kilmainham in 1844.

Free global access to treasures contained in Ireland’s cultural institutions is to be provided in a project launched by Minist(...)

Veins in the Body: Treatise on Human Anatomy, by Mansur ibn Ilyas, with Persian text, circa 1450, Iran. Photograph: Copyright Trustees of Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

Many western Europeans tend to assume that rigorous, structured science only arose in the 17th century in the Age of Enlightenment. However, so(...)

South Africa, Cape Town, aerial view of Table Mountain

My fit and healthy 81-year-old mum is travelling to South Africa over Christmas and hopes to stay there for almost three months. Her insurance for lon(...)

 Multicultural Irish dancing troupe from the Bronx, New York preparing to perform at Áras an Uachtaráin. Culture Ireland, the agency responsible for promoting Irish arts abroad has had its budget cut by 20 per cent to €2.5 million. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Arts Council, Culture Ireland and the National Concert Hall have taken significant cuts in this year’s budget as the Department of Arts, Heritage (...)

‘Taramandal’ by Delhi’s Tadpole Repertory

TODAY The show What better entertainment could you ask for of a Friday evening than athletic Australians throwing each other around a room in a death-(...)