Spongeware printed ‘basins’ and horn spoons hung in eye-level slots, as was traditional up to the early 20th century, on a County Cork dresser. Photograph: M Duerden

We can gather a lot from our rural Irish ancestors, such as how to furnish our homes economically and sustainably while saving space in bright, colour(...)

English social geographer Danny Dorling says we are already experiencing a slowdown in terms of population, fertility and even GDP. Photograph:  Simone Padovani/ Awakening/Getty Images

You’d think that there couldn’t be a better time to write a book about the benefits of slowing down but the great irony of Danny Dorling’s new book, S(...)

Author Niamh Campbell: The quality of her  writing in This Happy is top notch.

“Life does not have a narrative. This is only a way of choosing to see and usually for sinister purposes. To explain oneself and give substance to the(...)

John Thomond O’Brien: known as Don Juan O’Brien, he was an honoured veteran of the South American wars  of independence

The Isla del Sol, or Island of the Sun, on Lake Titicaca is one of the most important sites in Inca mythology. It lies almost 4,000 metres above sea(...)

Telephone operator with protective gauze during the 1918-1919 flu epidemic:  a great many were affected.

Priests visiting the sick and dying are effectively frontline workers in epidemics, and are more likely to catch the disease and even die themselves. (...)

Gothic Dublin gate at Markree Castle near Sligo

The arrival of a new Pevsner in the magisterial Buildings of Ireland series is something to cherish, causing a frisson of excitement in the normally s(...)

Standish O’Grady

The Shattered Worlds of Standish O’Grady By Christopher Boettcher Four Courts Press, €55 Standish O’Grady’s background was west Cork landed gentry. Ea(...)

RM Smyllie in 1949

It would be hard to imagine a less “typical” figure than the Irish Times editor RM Smyllie. He hit his tee shots with a nine iron. His speech was a bi(...)

Liam Mac Con Iomaire (centre) at the launch of his biography of Breandán Ó hEithir in Galway with Prof Gearoid O Tuathaigh of NUI, Galway, and Mr Ó hEithir’s wife, Catherine. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times.

The death has taken place of the renowned writer, broadcaster and academic Liam Mac Con Iomaire. He was 81. Mr Mac Con Iomaire was Director of the Mo(...)

Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party  leader Arlene Foster (left) with Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill at the funeral service for  Lyra McKee in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pool/Reuters

Father Martin McGill’s words to the politicians gathered in front of him, including Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald and the Democratic Unionist Party’s (...)

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