Rebecca Smyth from Ballymena, Co Antrim, with an Irish Wolfhound at Newgrange to witness the winter solstice. Photograph:   Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Noble, ancient Ireland: land of the Céide Fields, where our Neolithic ancestors created one of the oldest known complex agricultural systems in the wo(...)

The drawingroom in Coopershill House, Riverstown, Co Sligo.

At the top end of the short-term rental market, it’s not unusual to find reality and fantasy fuse, making it possible to live out the Downton Abbey or(...)

First minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon addressing Seanad Éireann in late November. She is good at exuding an air of authority  but everywhere there are logical contortions. Photograph: Maxwell

Somebody at Westminster has a sense of humour or history or quite possibly both: when the Scottish National Party’s new MPs were settling in following(...)

Charles Stewart Parnell, founder and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, addressing an anti-rent meeting in Limerick in 1879. Image: Culture Club/Getty Images

Reflections on the 125th anniversary of the death of the iconic Irish nationalist leader Charles Stewart Parnell this month have been relatively spars(...)

Alex Salmond in Glasnevin cemetery yesterday: “Parnell’s is the peace cry of constitutional nationalism – the greatest rallying call.”

When I was a young MP and preparing to make my maiden speech in the House of Commons, I decided to climax my address with Charles Stewart Parnell’s mo(...)

The Edelweiss toilet paper,  from Third Reich Germany, which sold for €290; the Michael Collins jug, which sold for €1,800

An unused roll of Edelweiss-brand Klosettpapier (toilet paper) as issued to the Wehrmacht (the defence forces of the German Third Reich), estimated at(...)

A travel poster, “It’s sunny at Howth”, published by the Great Northern Railway Company in 1931 (€800-€1,200)

The dictionary definition of the adjective “eclectic” is “deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources”. Whyte’s auction (...)

The funeral of Roger Casement in Dublin. Casement’s remains were removed from England where he was hanged for high treason and reburied in Glasnevin Cemetery. Photograph: McMahon/Getty Images

Roger Casement endured a horrible death, disgraced and sordid. But most of all, it was unfair. The executions of 15 of the leaders of the 1916 Rising(...)

Avondale in Co Wicklow: Coillte is interested in  proposals from possible private sector partners for its assets, including Avondale, the birthplace of Charles Stewart Parnell. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Coillte, which yesterday reported a 63 per cent rise in profits, is to hold talks with the Parnell Society and local politicians about a possible tour(...)

 Katherine Nolan performing at Future Histories at Kilmainham Gaol on Saturday. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne

Kilmainham Gaol has opened its doors to the public as a performance space. The picturesque setting of the East Wing of the jail resonated to the ang(...)

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