The letter, which has a baby photograph attached, recounts her physical appearance and details of her health. “A very nice baby with beautiful fair sk(...)

Z Nation: putting the fun back into the undead

My favourite type of art is “things that are better than they ought to be”. I realised this a few years ago when watching Z Nation, a joyfully silly p(...)

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It just has not felt like Christmas as we know it, with family gatherings restricted and homecomings cancelled. That television advertisement with a (...)

Not only did Martin Luther gift the world Protestantism, he also gave it the Christmas tree

So here it is, merry Christmas everybody’s having fu . . . um, a socially distanced and responsible time in small and sober groups from not more than (...)

Rev Myozan Kodo Kilroy performs Buddha’s Attainment Ceremony in the Lord Mayor’s garden in Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A series of inter-faith gatherings to celebrate religious festivals missed during 2020 began at the Dublin Lord Mayor’s garden near the Mansion House (...)

Cliff at Home Gift Box

Our escapist fantasies may have taken a bit of a battering of late, but the good and clever people running some of Ireland’s nicest hotels and guest h(...)

First commercial Christmas card: John Calcott Horsley’s design is expected to sell for between €5,500 and €9,000. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The first commercially printed Christmas card is to be auctioned next week. Commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and designed by John Calcott Horsley, it sh(...)

Nanny Nellie’s Panto Telly: Peter Pan, at Cork Opera House last Christmas. Photograph: John Allen/COH

Panto season is a bit different this year, with productions either moving online or, in a few innovative cases, switching to a drive-in format. All th(...)

Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in The Godfather (1972). The mafia drama was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Oh no. The champion of the untrue truism is back. He’s pressing you into the corner of the train carriage and puffing up to bore-for-Europe dimensions(...)

Roddy Doyle: “Slagging is virtually always very affectionate.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

The writer discovered this because, when he started writing The Commitments, he knew it was good. But No matter when or where his work is set, Doyl(...)

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