Macdara Yeates

We are our stories. To be human is to have a story to tell. This year’s St Patrick’s Festival takes our indigenous love of and facility for storytelli(...)

If Dr Sheldon Cooper, a man of Brobdingnagian intellect, hasn’t heard of Swift’s Irish links, what hope is there for the average American?

We can get very touchy on the southern part of this island about people from overseas using a certain ‘B’ word – “British” – to describe anything belo(...)

Hold on to your heads for Halloween, celebrating the 3,000-year-old Celtic festival of Samhain

Spirits of Meath As befits the birth place of Halloween, the roots of which lie in the 3,000-year-old Celtic festival of Samhain, no county takes the(...)

Joe O’Farrell (left) of the Shackleton Museum Athy and Sven Habermann of Conservation Letterfrack peer into the cabin in which the explorer died in the Antartic on January 5th, 1922. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Sven Habermann has taken delivery of many fine and fragile objects at his north Connemara workshop, and they come in all shapes, sizes, ages and condi(...)

The Armagh Food and Cider Festival celebrates the produce from 40,000 acres of orchards in the county, most of them in one fairly small region south of Armagh city

A is for Armagh, and also for apples. There are an astonishing 40,000 acres of orchards in Co Armagh, most of them in one fairly small region south of(...)

A racy title from 1538

Ireland’s oldest public library, Marsh’s, has never been in the business of lending books. Since it first opened, in 1707, scholars have had to do the(...)

Seamus Heaney at his old primary school, Anahorish, Bellaghy, Co Derry. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey

The diverse voices from John Quinn’s radio programmes now speak to us from the printed page; each describes a special place. Childhood experiences lea(...)

Amanda Bell, author of The Lost Book, and Jason McElligott, library keeper of Marsh’s Library, Dublin. They are looking at the Galeni Librorum, a rare book that went missing from the library, which is at the heart of Bell’s story. Photograph: Alan Betson

Once upon a time, a man wandered into a junk shop and found a dusty, battered book with a strange diamond pattern on the front. Inside, the pages were(...)

Shakespeare’s Fourth Folio, from the Jesuit collection known as “the O’Brien Library”, which will go under the hammer in a major auction at Sotheby’s next June. Photograph from Sotheby’s

The Jesuit Order in Ireland is to dispose of its internationally important collection of rare books and mediaeval manuscripts valued at more than €2 m(...)

Lisney has taken on the sale of Marshfield House, an elegant three-storey house with frontage on to the Liffey in Leixlip, Co Kildare. The six-bedr(...)

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