A 2013 reenactment of the Battle of Vinegar Hill in  Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In the French ambassador’s back garden last week, I fell in with some affable Mayo men and, while we chatted, expressed admiration for their lapel pin(...)

The GPO in Dublin in 1820 in an illustration by GH Jones  and Robert Havell

The idea of taking over a post office and using it as a base to declare the Irish Republic did not, it seems, start with Patrick Pearse. Back in 1798,(...)

 Karen Browne, Biddy Hughes (marketing director) and Sheelyn Browne. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Sheelyn Browne’s ancestors, including the legendary Grace O’Malley, survived famines and rebellions at the family estate in Westport, which was once d(...)

 Leo Varadkar, backed up  Joan Burton  takes to his wheels on a new cycleway. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Michael D’s garden party season is in full swing. He has held two of them already – the first, last Saturday, was for families and on Wednesday, he ho(...)

Mayo’s largest Gathering celebration, “In Humbert’s Footsteps”, a re-enactment of the 1798 invasion of Ireland by French forces, took place in Castlebar yesterday.  Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Mayo’s largest Gathering celebration, “In Humbert’s Footsteps”, ended yesterday with a re-enactment in Castlebar. Members of Le Garde Chauvin histori(...)