Johnny Magory is actually slang for the wild rosehip, from the Irish mogóir, a hip. Photograph: iStock

“Can I’ll tell you a story about Johnny Magory?” is the beginning of a children’s rhyme, that many will know continues as: “Will I begin it? That’s al(...)

Prof Damian Mc Manus reading a copy of a 14th century Brehon manuscript in the Long Room of Trinity College. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

From the control of dogs and bees to the roles of church and state, precious manuscripts outlining laws that governed everyday life in early medieval (...)

The Franciscan monastery on the Hill of Slane, Co Meath: a movement of reform had begun among the Franciscans  and other  Observant orders before the Reformation took hold in England and Wales. Photograph:  DeAgostini/Getty

Martin Luther’s pinning his 95 Theses – or reform proposals – to the door of his local university church in Wittenberg 500 years ago may well be more (...)

Pat Davin – a renowned athlete from Carrick-on-Suir and brother of Maurice Davin (co-founder and first president of the GAA) – kept a diary during the 1888 month-long hurling tour of US cities. The diary goes under hammer on April 23rd

More than half the hurlers and athletes who participated in the GAA’s first “junket” to America absconded in New York and failed to return to Ireland.(...)

Children of Dublin collecting firewood from the ruined buildings damaged in the Easter Rising. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

It was “astonishing” that the Easter Rising was able to take place given the intelligence the British had in relation to its leaders, according to a T(...)

There is no such thing as a Viking surname. True hereditary surnames were only introduced in Scandinavia in the late 18th century, more than 700 years(...)

Emer O’Toole: ‘Because I see sexuality as a spectrum, defining myself as gay, straight or bisexual is not the way to describe my sexuality.’ Photograph: Meera Paleja

Before “gay” there was “queer”. “Queer” is a word that I grew up knowing as a playground insult, although it was one I detested and never used, sin(...)