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Cnoc na dTobar pilgrim path in Co Kerry

Irish tourism is booming; a whopping 9.5 million visitors came from overseas last year, almost double our national population. Domestic holidaymakers (...)

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 (...)

Almost any woman you would meet by chance, she asserts, would make a better husband than almost any man ever born, according to English actor Ellen Terry. Photograph: iStock

“Know a man for 15 minutes and you know him for life, he will never surprise you again, he wouldn’t know how to; asking would only frighten him.” Thi(...)

Colm Tóibín: ‘I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Colm Tóibín, award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and professor of the humanities at Columbia University, New York, was born in En(...)

Recovering a body from the General Slocum excursion steamer disaster in New York

In New York’s East River, between Manhattan and Queen’s, is a narrow tidal strait called Hell Gate. The name is apt, if accidentally so, because in th(...)

Peter Doyle and Walt Whitman, circa 1869. Photograph: Courtesy of William R. Perkins Library, Duke University, Trent Collection.

Born 200 years ago on Friday, Walt Whitman is now best remembered for his epic poem Leaves of Grass, which if it didn’t invent free verse, was certain(...)

John Wayne as Ethan Edwards in John Ford’s film, The Searchers. “Ford and Wayne forged an identity for America that lasted for decades.” Photograph: AP/Warner Bros

My older brother Michael taught me many things. He taught me to hold vinyl records gingerly at the edges, so I wouldn’t smudge them, and how to wipe (...)

Nosferatu

At any random point in the last century, somebody, somewhere has been writing an article on “a new golden age for horror”. Meanwhile, somebody else wa(...)

‘Out of the Wild Sky’ passes by Galway Cathedral on Sunday evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Lightning struck and demonic drums banished blues across Galway city on Sunday night as a winged prophet was pursued by an illuminated mannequin named(...)

Christopher Lee in the 1958  film, ‘Dracula’, directed by Terence Fisher. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Writers write about what they know, so when we try to understand where Bram Stoker took his inspiration for Dracula, we look to his own life. Stoker’(...)

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