Meeting Place statue on Liffey Street, Dublin, which is part of the Talking Statues initiative. Photograph: talkingstatuesdublin.ie

James Joyce is sometimes mistaken for Charlie Chaplin. Sometimes he’s mistaken for a spray-painted mime artist. Passers-by stop and wait for him to cl(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar looks at a map of Dublin from 1610  with  Trinity’s registrar Prof Paula Murphy and  provost Dr Patrick Prendergast at an event to celebrate 425 years since TCD’s founding. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said while third level students should make a contribution toward their education, he could not support a system that left (...)

Wolfe Tone: in declaring that his republic should comprise Catholic, Protestant and dissenter, he relied heavily on religious denomination. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was a strange epiphany in the unlikely setting of the local refuse recycling centre in a small French town. I was intending to drop off some stuff(...)

Think we’ve missed any important quotes? Let us know by submitting your suggestions here and we will publish a selection of the best 1(...)

 King Hanvery VIII’s determination to marry Anne Boleyn and the Pope’s refusal to endorse the divorce which would have made it possible was more the occasion than the cause of the historic schism. Photograph: iStock

According to Cardinal Reginald Pole the English Reformation was result of Henry VIII’s “fleshy will” and “carnal concupiscence”. It is easy to under(...)

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin: faced with a new and unfamiliar political dispensation in 1922, southern Protestants had to juggle with a potentially disastrous disconnect. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Her friends were getting married. She made plans for the big day and imagined what she would wear. But her friends were Protestants, and she was Catho(...)

The Boora Pyramid at Lough Boora Discovery Park, Co Offaly.
Family walks for Christmas
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  • December 21, 2016, 13:00

Often, I am asked my favourite season for exploring the countryside. Most expect it will be spring or autumn, but actually it’s Christmastime that doe(...)

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,(...)

 Micheál Martin speaking at the Annual Fianna Fáil Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Bodenstown, Co Kildare.Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin should “stand up and tell us what he would do to run the country and stop taking cheap shots”, according to Governme(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has insisted his party is committed to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has insisted his party is committed to legislation to deal with the health implications of Ireland’s alcohol consump(...)