Illustration from a fascinating new book on the history of partition, ‘Unapproved Routes’, by Peter Leary

Readers might recall a column here some years ago about the “Drummully Polyp” (September 18th, 2013): a small piece of my native Monaghan that juts in(...)

According to folk tradition, today is the last  day that blackberries can be safely eaten

If you’re still hoping to pick blackberries this autumn, you may need to hurry. According to folk tradition, today is the last day the fruit can be sa(...)

The object of her gaze, she explained, was the number “77”, formed in stone above a stain-glass window, on an arched lintel

Readers will have to forgive me returning yet again to Rathmines Catholic Church, whose Russian-accented dome and Irish republican history were the su(...)

 The European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt with farmer Arthur Hughes.  Photograph: Paul Faith /AFP

The EU negotiators appear to be taking a great interest in Irish cows. A few months ago, it was Michel Barnier, posing for photographs in a field in M(...)

The Marquis de Favra

Reading the preface of a new book about Flann O’Brien this week, I was reminded of a famous comment by another Irish newspaper columnist of old, Con H(...)

Being a process-server in Mayo used to be a hazardous job. Aloysius O’Kelly/Illustrated London News

You and I saw an epic football match, one of the great All-Ireland finals whose outcome was in the balance until the last moments.   But if thei(...)

Mayo supporting pupils from Scoil Mhuire NS, Stephen Murphy, Ruairí Kernan, Tomás Thornton and Oran Malone surrounded by fellow Dublin supporting pupils on the eve of the All-Ireland football final between Dublin and Mayo. Photograph: Alan Betson

The other 31 counties may be cheering for the underdogs on Sunday. If their more devout supporters are right, Mayo (God help us) can expect divine sym(...)

Peter Kavanagh: provoked landmark legal copyright case

The late Peter Kavanagh – irascible brother of the poet Patrick – and the sixth-century holy man St Colmcille may not have much else in common. But th(...)

Readers will have to excuse me this morning. I’m still slightly viral as a result of something I picked up during the Liffey Swim last weekend.  (...)

 I received the attached picture from Ruth Kelly, who works for a company called Graepel, in Kinsale. It’s of the ill-fated ‘Lusitania’

I’ve been cheered to learn that at least one hard copy of last Thursday’s Irish Times has reached the far side of Canada – Vancouver, to be exact. &nb(...)