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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(...)

Patrick Kavanagh.  The Wiltshire Collection, National Library of Ireland. Patrick Kavanagh.  Poet. The Wiltshire Collection, National Library of Ireland.

Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1967, a young Danish student made the mistake of approaching Patrick Kavanagh in Dublin’s The Bailey pub, to ask abo(...)

Father’s Day: Ollie Clerkin in 1975. The pipe wasn’t an affectation, but the rest of it – the GAA kneel, the flexed arm, the ever-so-slight hint of a smirk – is surely a put-on

Malachy Clerkin on his father, Oliver I had never seen this photograph before Mam dug it out for me, last week, and now I can’t stop looking at it. H(...)

Blackstairs Mountains

Skylark Experiences on Inishbofin, off the Connemara coast, offers a complete immersion in island life where you get to spend time sheepfarming, birdw(...)

For a small nation, we've plenty to boast about

CONNACHT Galway Galway has always been a hub for visitors, notably including Christopher Columbus, who pitched up in 1477 and is thought to have atte(...)

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1 Grace O’Malley (1530-1603) The Abbey, Clare Island, Co Mayo Pirate queen and warrior princess, clan chieftain and matriarch, Grace O’Malley had (...)

On one side was Angie, slim, dark and tanned; on the other was Norma Farquarhson, stumpy, straw-haired and pale as a bottle of milk.

The finalists in the Vernon Vase were called to attention at 7pm on Sunday evening. “Two minutes, ladies. Two minutes,” bellowed the umpire, Toby Mas(...)

Wounded Allied soldiers lie on stretchers near the village of Ginchy, waiting for evacuation by horse-drawn ambulance. Photograph: Daily Herald Archive/SSPL/Getty Images

Not since the great Home Rule rally of March 1912 had the streets of Dublin seen anything like it. The crowd assembled in College Green spread like t(...)

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