Walter Raleigh

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A graphic illustration showing the loxodromic and great circle routes from New York to Beijing

If you fly 14,500km due westward from New York you will come to Beijing. The two cities are on the 40th parallel of latitude. However, by flying a gre(...)

John Keats’ death mask

When we speak now of a writer being “slaughtered by the critics”, it’s usually just a colourful metaphor for negative reviews, but in the case of John(...)

Ballymaloe House

If contemporary Ballymaloe House can be summed up in a single personality it must be that of its doyenne, Myrtle Allen. It can’t be often that a glut (...)

Actors Edward Lynch and James Lenane of Lismore Dramatic Society, Co Waterford, in costume ahead of ‘Lismore through the Ages’, a live pageant which celebrates the town’s 25th Anniversary as a Heritage Town on Saturday, May 14th. Photograph: Patrick Browne

One of Ireland’s most historic towns is to mark its 25 years as a Heritage Town with a pageant and parade next weekend which will highlight its role a(...)

Cabra Castle, Co Cavan  Book yourself into one of the 12 luxury rooms in the original castle part of Cabra Castle for the full aristo(...)

Richard Voke bought the Sir Walter Raleigh hotel in 2005 for almost €2.5 million. The hotel went bust during the recession and Voke relocated back to Boston

AIB’s legal eagles have crossed the Atlantic Ocean in pursuit of the former owner of the landmark four-star Walter Raleigh Hotel in Youghal. Ri(...)

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford, former home of Sir Walter Raleigh, where you can now stay in aristocratic splendour

An invitation to dinner and an overnight stay in Lismore Castle, the opulent Irish seat of Britain’s Duke of Devonshire prompted concern. What to b(...)

A painting believed to be the only authentic image of Shakespeare made during his life. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

They come crawling out again, the Shakespeare conspiracy theorists. The 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth fell sometime this week. (His officia(...)

Rock of the bay: a Dublin and Kingstown locomotive approaches Blackrock, in Co Dublin, in 1834; Dargan’s stonework survives on the line. Image: SSPL/Getty

This biography tells the story of William Dargan, the greatest Irish railway engineer and contractor of the first and most important phase of Irish ra(...)

The Red House, Youghal, Co Cork

“Look!” says Helen Keane as she shifts a rug on the floor at the Red House. “When we lifted the old carpets this is what we found.” She has exposed a (...)

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