Jonathan Bardon wrote and presented many radio programmes, including the BBC series, and accompanying book, A History of Ireland in 250 episodes. File photograph: The Irish Times

Jonathan Bardon, the historian who chronicled the development of Ulster from the earliest times to the present day, has died, his family has said. He(...)

Hodges, Figgis & Co: a famous Dublin bookstore and one of the oldest Irish publishing houses

It would be easy to frame the history of Irish book publishing as a simple tale of David against Goliath, the plucky Irish upstart against the ‘overmi(...)

Starter binocular options at about €120 can greatly enhance your observations. Photograph: ZenShui/Odilon Dimier/Getty Images

Very few people are entirely indifferent to birds, and most of us find them an occasional source of some brief wonder and delight. Even the most comm(...)

Orla Hopkins: ‘Exercise nutrition and having a good diet is all about balance.’

Derval O’Rourke (Former professional athlete and Olympic gold, silver and bronze medal- winner in hurdles. She is also a best- selling author for (...)

This wonderful photograph from a packed  Ireland versus Austria match  in 1963 is just one of many in   ’Dalymount Park,   Home of Irish Football’ by Colin White.

THE BEST  No Borders – Playing Rugby For Ireland by Tom English (Arena Sport, €31.60) Oral histories are tricky to get right. An oral history (...)

Throughout Food Month we will have a daily “Guilty Pleasure” feature where well-known faces share their secret treats, from the delicious to t(...)

Kate Packwood set up Wildflour Bakery to offer cakes that have a distinctive style, an eccentricity and strong attention to detail . Photograph: Rincy Koshy

WILD BAKING Kate Packwood describes herself as a “British woman working with Irish ingredients”, which is how she found herself a finalist(...)

Off course: gales bring migrants within telescope range. Illustration: Michael Viney

It is usually enough for me to write about the weather to have it change utterly by the time the column appears. So it may be right to share a website(...)

People gathered at the Famine Memorial on Custom House Quay in solidarity with the refugees and migrants around Europe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Jean-Claude Juncker is right: “there is a reason the number of O’Neills and Murphys living in the US exceeds the number in Ireland”, and you could lis(...)

Simon Higgins of Fighter Food

Restaurant-standard meals to order Simon and Lucy Higgins, who are brother and sister and are both chefs, run their family’s three food business(...)

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