Eight-inch howitzers of 39th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery open up on the German lines during the Battle of the Somme in August 1916. The Irish appetite for first World War centenary coverage is large, particularly as it was hidden away for so long. Photograph: Lt J W Brooke/IWM via Getty Images

August 4th, the 100th anniversary of the day Britain declared war on Germany, will mark the “peak” first World War centenary coverage on Radio 1, but (...)

Ballymaloe house and cookery school: the venue for  Litfest.

No one told the weeds in the kitchen garden at Ballymaloe to stop growing so staff could set up for the thousands of people expected to arrive at t(...)

Darina Allen and René Redzepi at the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Litfest food festival in Co Cork yesterday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Follow our coverage of Ballymaloe Lit Fest @irishtimesfood and @mcdigby René Redzepi was impressed. “This is the most organised farm I’ve (...)

Video:  At the critics' table - Catherine Cleary, food critic

Ever wondered what it’s like to be paid to eat out at some of Ireland’s top restaurants? Would you love the chance to have people read your opinions o(...)

The Lyric Feature: History On A Plate (Lyric, Friday), a new series exploring food and recipes from Ireland’s past, which last week looked at, you guessed it, the humble spud. Presented by historian Juliana Adelman and Irish Times restaurant critic Catherine Cleary (above), and produced by Claire Cunningham, the documentary showed just how wrongheaded the old Spitting Image sketch was.

Back in the days when the Soviet Union still existed, the British satirical puppet show Spitting Image mocked conditions in the communist state with a(...)

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