Sir Hugh Orde, when  he became chief constable of the PSNI in 2002. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Former Police Service of Northern Ireland chief constable, Sir Hugh Orde is one of the few people who actually made practical progress on dealing w(...)

Huntington Castle, in Co Carlow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

ALEXANDER DURDIN ROBERTSON AND HIS WIFE, CLARE, ARE PRESERVING A STORIED FEMALE FAMILY PAST WITH LINKS BACK TO GRACE O’MALLEY, IRELAND’S PIRATE QUE(...)

Fred Deane, caretaker at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Standing before the impressive Neo-Romanesque doorway of St Ann’s Church of Ireland on Dublin’s Dawson Street, Fred Deane is handing out leaflets for (...)

Lafcadio Hearn, shown with his wife, Koizumi Setsu. A writer of mixed Greek and Anglo-Irish blood, Hearn became the chief interpreter of the Japanese way of life to the West

One hundred and fifteen years after his death, Lafcadio Hearn’s Japanese ghost stories have not lost their power to shock and enthral. The reader of (...)

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin: The Church of Ireland  was left entirely to its own devices by the British state and by the Church of England in 1869. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

This week marks 150 years since the “disestablishment” of the Church of Ireland received royal assent from Queen Victoria, having passed through the n(...)

British  prime minister Theresa May: “It is more likely...that history will show that the backstop brought about the collapse of the May government, the succession of Boris Johnson, and perhaps a no-deal Brexit...”

Brendan Simms is the quintessential European. Raised in Ireland, the son of a German mother, he is the grand-nephew of a Irish communist who became a (...)

The House of Commons bill will bypass the closed Stormont Assembly to  liberalise abortion law in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Baroness Nuala O’Loan and former Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Robin Eames have called on Theresa May to either scrap the Northern Ireland bill(...)

An image from ‘Labourers’ Cottages of County Wexford’, at the Irish Architectural Archive

Sovereign Realms Margo Banks. Solomon Fine Art, Balfe St, Dublin Until August 3rd Margo Banks’s precisely observed, dynamic, mixed media depictions(...)

Canon Robert Marsden

Canon Robert Marsden, one of the last Irish survivors of the second World War, has died aged 95. He was awarded France’s highest honour, the Chevali(...)

The first visitor to St Michan’s Church Crypt which reopened to the public following vandalism. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The vaults at St Michan’s Church on Church Street in north inner-city Dublin reopened to the public, after being closed since February 25th, due to th(...)

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