Leo Rowsome: his father recognised his talent from an early age

The title “King of the Pipers” has been bestowed on various Irish uilleann pipers but few would dispute that Leo Rowsome, who died 50 years ago on Sep(...)

The Chieftains in 1971.

Claddagh Records has agreed to license a back catalogue that includes the Chieftains and Sean Ó Riada to music giant Universal. Founded by friends Ga(...)

 Seanad candidate Ruth Coppinger: the former  Solidarity TD took Senator Michael McDowell to task over his praise of ‘billionaire misogynist’ Mike Bloomberg. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Let us not forget that there are more important things going on than the formation of a new government, the search for a saviour for the Labour Party (...)

Claddagh rings from Garech Browne’s collection feature in the Sotheby’s Royal and Noble sale on January 21st in London.

Twenty-two Claddagh rings from the collection of patron of the arts, traditional Irish music and poetry enthusiast and all-round bon viveur Garech Bro(...)

Guinness heir: Garech Browne at his Luggala estate home in 2018. Photograph: RTÉ

Who – or what – was Garech Browne? It’s hard for the people who knew him to reach a consensus, although Last Days at Luggala (RTÉ One, Wednesday, 9.35(...)

The sale of the Luggala property  sparked intense interest from a host of wealthy international buyers, amid calls for the State to buy it to add to Wicklow National Park. File photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

U2 lead singer Bono tried to buy Luggala, the Co Wicklow estate and house owned until recently by the Guinness family and home to Garech Browne until (...)

Luggla: Garech Browne on his Co Wicklow estate in 1999. Photograph: Joe St Leger

His parties and hospitality were unsurpassed, but a new documentary about Garech Browne paints a portrait of a spendthrift who eventually ran out of m(...)

Iconic: the revolving door of the Shelbourne hotel, on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Flemming

Who knew that fancy hotels could be among the riskiest places in Dublin? Compensation culture has claimed its latest victim, and the city’s purists ar(...)

New signage at Luggala. Boleyhorrigan Bridge, overlooking Lough Tay with Luggala Mountain on the right. Photograph: The Irish Times

The trust which owns the large Luggala Estate in Co Wicklow has insisted there is no change regarding public access to certain areas within its ground(...)

Victoria Lloyd, Bob Geldof, Lord Gowrie, seated, and Thomas Kinsella at the gathering in Luggala for Garech Browne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In a simple ceremony on the edge of Lough Tay, the ashes of Garech Browne, art collector, patron of the arts, and a Guinness heir, were poured into it(...)

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