Samuel Beckett Summer School runs at Trinity College Dublin in August

Blás Summer School This school offers an opportunity to get a taste of all aspects of traditional Irish music and dance. It has its home at th(...)

Michael McDowell with Bertie Ahern. His self-love seems to have survived his membership of the worst government in the history of the State and his leading of his party to oblivion. Photograph: PA

You’re driving along in the old jalopy when the wheels fall off. You call the garage and along comes Michael McDowell. He takes out the owner’s manual(...)

When then US president Bill Clinton (left) decided to issue a visa to Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams in 1994, then British prime minister John Major (right) would not speak to him and  “the British were incandescent with rage”,  former Irish diplomat Sean Donlon said.

Tim O’BrienBritish prime minister John Major refused to speak to US president Bill Clinton for weeks after the US granted a visa to Gerry Adams in 199(...)

Former minister Michael McDowell who said today: ‘Politics is the process that we as citizens choose it to be. We should not cannibalise the Constitution in the name of reform.’

Ireland is not a “failed state” and its people should not accept phoney reform in abolishing the Seanad, former minister for justice Michael McDowell (...)

Forner taoiseach Liam Cosgrave with Nuala Harrington Jordan, who’s grandfather was lord mayor of Dublin from 1901 to 1903, at the Parnell Summer School in Avondale house, Co Wicklow yesterday.  Photograph: Garry O’Neill

The visit of WT Cosgrave to North America as president of the Irish Free State’s executive council in 1928 was recalled with laughter and the telling (...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave with Nuala  Jordan, whose grandfather Timothy Harrington MP was mayor of Dublin from 1901 to 1903, at the Parnell Summer School today in Avondale house, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave appeared in excellent form today as he shared political anecdotes and humour at the Parnell Summer School in Co Wicklow(...)

Lyndon Johnson being sworn in on Air Force One after John F Kennedy’s assassination. Johnson was the one who delivered more, but Kennedy still gets the credit.

Lost leaders have a persistent fascination. The reputations of great men cut down in their prime are often more enduring than those who lived to make (...)