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Photographs from a wanted poster issued for IRA man Dan Breen

Soloheadbeg is not much of a place, though most Irish people have been close enough to it at some stage; it is about a mile from Limerick Junction. I(...)

 Kenny Rumball skippering the J109 Jedi at the start of June’s Round Ireland Race. The recovery of a man overboard from the yacht at night during the 700-mile race led to a Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Seamanship Trophy. Photo: David O’Brien

Key Irish sailing events are reporting buoyant entries for 2019 with early take-up at Ireland’s biggest regatta up as much as 70 per cent for July’s b(...)

O’Donnabháin’s, Kenmare, Co Kerry: locally-sourced food makes for a  crowd-pleasing menu

Ireland experienced something of an epidemic of magnolia-lacquered hotel development in the era post-economic apocalypse, with hallmark features like (...)

The Swiss Cottage outside Cahir, Co Tipperary, is a fairy-book cottage orné with a curving thatched roof, ideal for a family excursion.

Ireland is fortunate to have so many architectural remains of our ancestors surviving still in the landscape, stretching right back to when we first s(...)

A long boat  at the Viking Ship Museum in  Oslo, Norway

We know it all about the Vikings. We’ve seen the TV series; we’ve had the craic on the Viking Splash tour. We’ve seen the scrap of Viking wall in Dubl(...)

Patrick Freyne getting into the St Patrick’s Day spirit in his Carrolls Irish Gifts outfit. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Carrolls Irish Gifts is a chain of 16 shops to which tourists go to learn our ways and defer to our traditions. You can often find these shops by foll(...)

The only cast-iron rule of family history is that you start from what you know and use it to find out more. Take your granny and work back from her.

There has never been a better time to research Irish family history. A revolution in access to Irish genealogical records has taken place over the pas(...)

A re-enactment of the Battle of Clontarf carried out in Dublin. File photograph:   Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Modern mathematical techniques – similar to those used to analyse social-networking websites – have shed new light on a centuries old debate about the(...)

Queen Maeve of Connacht is one of the Irish kings and queens whose lives you can follow around Ireland. Illustration: Expedia

The history of Ireland, with our tales of battles and intrigue, kidnappings and murders, plus our strong women who ruled the land, would offer a rich (...)

A new book called “The Trinity College Harp”, by Brian Manners, is subtitled – with less exaggeration that you might at first suspect – “Ireland and the most exotic music instrument in the world”.

When the music collector Edward Bunting chronicled a revival of the Gaelic harp in the 1790s, one of the mysteries connected with the ancient instrume(...)

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