Irish dancers at the 41st World Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

What is heritage? The dictionary definitions are vague: it’s something handed down from the past; something of value inherited by a person, family or (...)

 Glendalough: “Next Easter there is an opportunity for the people of Ireland to heed the age-old siren call of our ancient paths and reconnect with our common Christian heritage.”  Photograph: Fáilte Ireland

Last summer, in this column, I recounted a penitential journey I completed from Slemish Mountain to Skellig Michael when researching my book, Pilgrim (...)

Lambay Castle and other buildings  onLambay Island were  designed or remodelled by renowned English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens

A row has broken out among the extended Baring family over plans to upgrade Lambay Castle and other buildings – designed or remodelled by renowned Eng(...)