St Patrick’s bellringers, December 1988. There are 14 bells in the cathedral’s belfry. The oldest two date from 1670; a further dozen were presented by the Earl of Iveagh in 1897. Photograph: Jack McManus

Published: December 30th, 1988. Photograph by Jack McManus

Armada table,

Yeats fetched the highest price for a work of art; the Armada Table smashed furniture records; Asian pieces sold well in 2018, as (...)

 Margaret Atwood’s last and final word on Gilead, The Testaments, is coming in September.

Arminta Wallace selects the most exciting Irish and international titles of the year ahead

Nathan Slattery (10 months) from Blackhall Place, Dublin 7,  gets to grips with a toy Santa while shopping on Henry Street. Photograph: Frank Miller

Published: December 19th, 1997. Photograph: Frank Miller

Killaghtee Church of Ireland national school children, near Killybegs. “Robes and jeans, wings and trainers, cardboard and tinsel, sunshine and shadows; it’s life, but also art.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Published: December 17th, 2001. Photograph by Brenda Fitzsimons

The flooded banks of the River Suir in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, in February 1990. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Published: February 9th, 1990. Photograph by Peter Thursfield

Gerard Dillon, Near Moyard

Auction results: Strong prices for Midleton whiskey, first editions and diamond rings

Lot 251: an early 19th-century Cork side table with raised panel back and reeded rim (€1,500-€2,500).

Centre tables, side tables, rent tables and sofa tables among lots for auction

 Lot 7 sapphire emerald and diamond ring at Hegarty’s

Rare books and fine furniture also on offer in auctions countrywide

Lot 254, Fabergé egg

Here are some items which would nestle beautifully under any tree

Taking a rest beside Cliodna Cussen’s sculpture at Beach Road, Sandymount, Dublin, dedicated to James Joyce. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Published: June 14th, 1983.Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Stand at the Dublin Flea

Home Front: at home for Christmas

The Irish Sweeps Derby at the Curragh, Co Kildare on June 30th, 1967. At the top of the photo is Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of John F Kennedy, who was assassinated four years earlier. Photograph: Dermot Barry/The Irish Times

Published: July 3rd, 1967.Photograph: Dermot Barry

Daniel O’Neill: Boy From The North

The early Le Brocquy portrait, painted during his time in London, is one of several arresting images of children in the pre-Christ(...)

William Crozier, Winter Kilcoe, Morgan O’Driscoll, €8,000-€12,000

Margaret Clarke self-portrait sells well over estimate; chandeliers to light up Mullen’s

James Joyce and his glasses

A pair of spectacles worn by the famous writer among intriguing auction lots

William Garvey drinks cabinet: a foolproof way to hold your drink in style

Sculptural lighting illuminates Collins Barracks while a Celtic spa in Naas offers refuge

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton kicks the winning drop goal during the opening 2018 Six Nations match against France in Paris. Photograph:James Crombie/Inpho

All proceeds go to the medical treatment of eight-year-old Anna Browne from Mallow

Hugh Douglas Hamilton Portrait of Mary Jervis

Among the 1,000 lots at Sheppard's auction are unusual items with the potential to tick the trickiest boxes on your Christmas shop(...)

Gold and coral Alhambra necklace by Van Cleef and Arpe

Original versions of Van Cleef & Arpels 1968 four leaf clover necklace among top lots

Prof James Carney, left, Prof Fred Hoyle, right, with TK Whitaker, chairman of the council of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Photograph: Jack McManus

Published: October 21st, 1992. Photograph by Jack McManus

Jack B Yeats, The Man With The Wrinkled Face

This month’s auction of Irish art is rich in Le Brocquys from a selection of Tain drawings to a 1959 oil from the artist’s ‘white’(...)

Le Drop: Johnny Sexton kicks the injury-time drop goal with which Ireland beat France in the Six Nations in Paris in February.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland outhalf’s unbeaten Grand Slam, Pro14 and Champions Cup boots for auction

‘Dublin Bay from Howth’, by Harry Kernoff. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

Art collection owned by Irish-American lawyer Brian Burns on the block at Sotheby’s

Diamond double clip brooch by Cartier, €35,000-€36,000 at O’Reilly’s.

Jade seal ‘sleeper’ fetches €280,000 at Sheppards

The restaurant at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dermot Barry

The Times We Lived In: Published March 31st, 1953. Photograph by Dermot Barry

Roderic O'Conor, Breton Girl Reading

Bohemian Dublin couple’s art adds flair to a strong collecction at DeVere’s

Mark Coreth Roaring Baboon

Peter Curling, Dede Gold and Mark Coreth join forces for a perfectly beastly exhibition

A 14th-century peony jar: made €240,000 at Adam’s sale of Asian art

Silver would make for a good gift this Christmas – so would Bono’s guitar

Dr Annette J Otway-Ruthven, Lecky Professor of History at Trinity College Dublin, in 1968. Photograph: Dermot Barry

Published: February 8th, 1968. Photograph by Dermot Barry

MIlford House, Co Carlow

Contents of Georgian property for sale including family portraits and stately furniture

Gio Ponti Model 516 armchairs

Classic pieces from Italian and Scandi designers worth browsing at St Stephen's Green saleroom

Banksy, Laugh

Monkey print on show with Warhols and a stunning Louis le Brocquy tapestry

Lot 51, Thomas Sydney Cooper, A Sheep Lew, East Kent

A cabinet from the late Garech Browne’s home at Luggala included in Durrow sale of fine furniture, art and dazzling jewellery

The Beatles in dublin in November 1963. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea/The Irish Times.

‘They trooped upstairs to the mezzanine floor, dressed and coiffed as few others in Dublin were then’

Limerick cream jug, 1737-1740, €17,000 from Weldon’s

Rare 18th-century piece among silver, jewellery and art at November antiques fair

Lot 93, an enamel fish basin which would “keep a drowsy emperor awake”

Tiny china dish part of a collection built up by two sisters who moved from US to Ireland

Rory Breslin, Mask of the Suir: sold for €24,000 at Whyte’s

Bidding brisk as auction rooms nationwide experience outstanding results

Author JP Donleavy at home with his two dogs in 1971. Photograph: Dermot Barry

Published: September 5th, 1971. Photograph by Dermot Barry

Coming under the hammer at the Brexit auction in Killenard, Co Laois: a 1930s Rolls Royce

Items include Rolls-Royce, Lambeg drum, and U2 and Michael Schumaker jackets

Blunderbuss by Rigby of Dublin: for sale at Hegarty's of Bandon

Collections from two large private houses up for auction at Hegarty’s of Bandon

Earclips with diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies: Lot 178

Romans believed rubies inspired courage and protected the wearer from harm

Minister for Defence Oscar Traynor, chief of staff Maj Gen Liam Egan (far left), inspecting recruits at Portobello Barracks, Dublin. Cpl Patrick Kavanagh instructs Pvt John Belmont in sighting a rifle. On the far right is Lt Col P Kierse. Photograph: Dermot Barry

Published: February 19th, 1952. Photograph: Dermot Barry

The Armada table sold at Adam’s Country House Collections sale for €360,000 dates from 1558

Auctioneer says piece bought by private buyer and will stay in Ireland

The Fragrant Concubine: painted porcelain image at Mullens Laurel Park is expected to fetch €5,000-€7,000

More than 700 lots of furniture, silver, rugs, paintings and decorative objects at Adam’s

Lot 24, pair of metal pendant lights

As well as lighting options, the Design Auction also includes quality furnishings and art

Erica Calder with her sons Cian (4) and Tom (13 months) with their new computer at home in Ballinteer, Dublin in 2002. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Published: January 14th, 2002. Photograph by Frank Miller

 Antiques dealer Pat Martin in  his home in Coolattin in Co Wicklow. Photo Nick Bradshaw

More than 600 lots from Pat Martin’s Coolattin home to go under hammer

Lot 73: the armillary sphere sundial from Dromoland Castle

Dromoland crested mahogany chairs also for sale, alongside gold medal won by Tom Kiely

Marilyn Monroe’s wicker picnic basket, Lot 218,  €668-€891

Movie star's wicker basket and a rare copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover on offer in eclectic London sale

Sir Alfred Chester Beatty signing the roll of freemen of the City of Dublin at the Mansion House, with Lord Mayor Robert Briscoe and  JJ Rowe, clerk to the city council. Photograph: Jack McManus2

Published: July 27th, 1956. Photograph: Jack McManus

Armada table (Lot 101, €100,000-€200,000)

Over 700 lots of fabulous furniture, art, silver and curiosities at Townley Hall sale

John Nankivell's drawing of Ledwithstown, Co Westmeath

The Irish gentry suffered huge losses in the first World War; then their houses declined

Sean Keating’s portrait of Harry Clarke

Sean Keating’s painting among strong works from Yeats and Orpen

The writer John Banville will open the 2018 Dublin Book Fair at the Freemasons’ Hall on Molesworth Street in Dublin next weekend. File photograph: Frank Miller 25.5.05

Dublin Book Fair will see very rare prints and manuscripts at annual gathering

Sean Keating's charcoal drawing of an Abbey Players rehearsal

Adams Blackrock don’t do online sales. It’s all about the action in the room

 Actress and Unicef ambassador Audrey Hepburn,  at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Published: October 1st, 1988; Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Amada Hilton Sawyer of Irish Girl in Brooklyn confesses to passions that include antiques, mid-century furniture and lighting.

Home Front: Amanda Hilton Sawyer’s interior design; Róisín Lafferty’s parlour tricks

Norah McGuinness, Evening Flight: Adam’s Lot 19

Works of art donated by the late playwright’s wife Anna sold well over estimate

Norah McGuinness, Evening Flight: Adam's Lot 19

Brian Friel’s art collection, a rare Paul Henry found in Germany included in autumn sales

Side table from 1690 at Sheppard's

Sheppards’ autumn auction offers a walk through the history of decorative design

David Webb brooch: Lot 266 at O’Reilly’s.

Original copy of Proclamation sold privately for €100,000

Asher Jay: the National Geographic explorer’s artworks and ad campaigns have focused on the destruction and violence that human beings visit on the natural world. Now she’s changing her mindset.

Asher Jay is on a mission to remind us about biodiversity loss and the importance of wildlife conservation

Three old Dublin trams on a site near Sutton railway station in 1955. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Published: January 14th, 1955. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Dali’s Triumphant Elephant

The annual antique dealers’ fair has a new moniker, and will feature works by the surrealist artist

Lot 60,  a pair of ruby and diamond earclips, the clusters of three rubies suggesting a ripe autumn fruit

Flowers offer the most accomplished designers and craftspeople the opportunity to show off their skills

Louis Vuitton trunk: sold for €3,600 at Adam’s

Jack B Yeats ‘Sunday Evening in September’ sells for €441k in Sotheby’s sale of Irish art

‘The Early Morning Catch’ by Vincent Lambe

The show, which opens on September 17th, will present more than 200 paintings in watercolour, gouache and pastel

The number of elephants in the wild is believed to have declined by almost a third in the past decadec

18th-century ‘masterpiece’ cabinet by Thomas Chippendale had its ivory inlay removed and refitted with plastic substitute

Published: February 9th, 2002. Photograph by Joe St Leger

Nearly three metres long, it is made from a variety of timbers including oak and tropical hardwoods.

Dromoland and Bunratty Castle have housed table, which has estimated €100,000 value

Mark Aynsworth, The Alchemist's Garden, Lot 83 at De Vere's 600-900

Over 200 original Irish artworks acquired by Axa Insurance in online auction at De Vere’s

Revolutionary leader Patrick Pearse’s chair  was given to Thomas Ernest Pearse, son of Patrick’s half-brother James, and has been handed down through the family ever since.

Practical piece of furniture speaks volumes about its owner’s famously frugal lifestyle

Sir Alfred Chester Beatty

Rare jewellery given to Sheila Wingfield, Lady Powerscourt, set for Bonhams auction

At the Irish carriage-driving championships in Birr Castle, Co Offaly, this weekend, Hi-fi pulls a Ralli car owned by Colonel A. L. Pennefather and driven by Mrs A. L. Pennefather in the cross-country section. Photograph: Jack McManus

Published: September 10th, 1982 Photograph by Jack McManus

Edward Hopper’s ‘Chop Suey’ (1929)

Masterpiece is just one of the paintings on sale from collection of American Modernism

Nano Nagle Place: a renovated space for Cork’s 21st-century communities

From Augustus Pugin to French postcards, a guide to lectures taking place this autumn

Austin 10

Collectible motors, Olympic top hats and tribal treasures at Victor Mitchell

Lot 354, detail of bird carving on gilt mirror

Sunday auction includes rare doll’s house furniture and grown-up pieces to match

CBS Primary School, Synge Street, Dublin, in 1956. Photograph: Dermot Barry

Published: May 22nd, 1956. Photograph by Dermot Barry

Visitors to Duckett’s Grove will be able  to view the walled gardens, restored  since its purchase 10 years ago by Carlow County Council. There will also be croquet, archery and traditional games

Duckett’s Grove house is in ruins but Carlow Tourism and the GAA is reviving it for a day

Emerald and diamond brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels from O’Reilly’s, €16,000-€24,000

Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery and Cartier disco ball pendant among the treasures

Artists Catherine Barron, Monica Crowley and Blaise Smith RHA load up their Nissan Figaro for the Art Car Boot Fair at Russborough House on Sunday, September 9th.

Blaise Smith, PJ Lynch, Vera Klute and Joe Dunne among 40 artists taking part

“Our students are always interested in silver,” says Roxane Moorhead. “And at auction, it always sells.”

Fine and decorative arts courses on topics ranging from the history of painting to domestic architecture

 Stillorgan Shopping Centre in 1967.  Photograph : Dermot Barry.

Published: December 11th, 1967. Photograph: Dermot Barry

View through a gate at Johnstown Castle to the visitors centre. Photograph: Mary Browne

The public will be able to visit once a breathtaking €7.5m renovation is complete

Danish drinks bar from the Vintage Hub (€2,500) with Kandya stools by Frank Guille (€225 each)

Furniture from the late 1920s to the mid-1970s is getting a new lease of life as young professionals seek out original pieces

Noirin Collins  and Margaret Hegarty  in the “blue room” at Hegarty’s Auction Rooms

Auction at Hegarty’s in Bandon on August 26th based around Denniss Collection from a country house in Schull

 Irish George I silver candlesticks by John Hamilton, available from Charles and Sarah Vivian at the West Cork Antique Fair, Rosscarbery,  August 26th

Collectibles in many categories for buyers in counties Offaly, Dublin and Cork

Dublin City Marathon 1983 - A young boy looking after the water for the marathon runners. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Published: October 31st, 1983Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Keighery’s auction house is good place to hunt for vintage Waterford glass

Tourmaline crystals from Afghanistan, coming under the hammer in Texas this week, estimate $30,000-$50,000.

Sale of eclectic and decorative furniture from owners of Ashford Castle

Paul Newman: a Rolex Daytona Cosmograph watch he gave to his daughter’s boyfriend in 1984 sold for $15.5 million in 2017, the most expensive watch ever sold at auction. Photograph: Getty Images

Rolex, Patek Philippe make up the A-list of sought-after vintage watches, followed by Omega, Cartier and Longines

The rug being moved at the  furniture and fine art auction at Powerstown House, Clonee, Co Meath in 1996. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Published: July 8th, 1996. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Mitchell’s Cruiskeen Lawn whiskey advertising mirror, doubled its top estimate to make €11,500 at Victor Mee Auctions

Contents of old Donegal pub, Sweeneys of Ballyshannon, among top sellling lots at Victor Mee auction in Cavan

The Comforter by Jack B Yeats

Yeats, Sean Keating, Mary Swanzy and Francis Bacon all feature on Ian Whyte’s list

Part of the Corpus Christi procession from the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mourne Road, Drimnagh in June 1982.Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Published June 11th or 14th 1982. Photograph by Eddie Kelly

George Mealy on his years in the auctioneering business: “It has been a passion – an absolute passion. There was something new every day. I’ve loved every minute of it.”

Online and phone bidding have taken the fun out of the saleroom, says veteran auctioneer

Seán Keating’s  Fear Agus Bean ón Oileán (lot 193, €25,000-€30,000)

Ballyconneely auction of art, furniture, silver and handbags designed to attract buyers on a break

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