Daniel Maclise

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The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife: a detail from Daniel Maclise’s vast painting. Copyright National Gallery of Ireland

On May 1st, 1169 the deposed King of Leinster Dermot MacMurrough (Diarmait Mac Murchada) landed at Bannow Bay in Co Wexford with a group of mercena(...)

Samuel O’Reilly learned the art of tattooing during a brief stint in the Navy.

Body modifications like tattoos have long since been a part of Irish culture, and are depicted in many ways throughout history - in both print and pai(...)

Sir Richard Wallace aged 70. Photograph: Copyright The Wallace Collection

They are first and foremost places to watch the river of life float by, to enjoy a busking troubadour or catch a whiff of Gauloises smoke. The public (...)

The new  Shaw Room of the National Gallery of Ireland. Photograph:  Marie Louise Halpenny

Late in this excellent documentary, one of the curators at the National Gallery of Ireland describes his process in simple terms. “By putting pictures(...)

‘The Baptism of the King of Cashel by St Patrick’ by James Barry.

Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art, the National Gallery of Ireland’s new exhibition, and its main contribution to the Decade of Centenaries,(...)

The lobby of the Imperial Hotel, Cork, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. Photograph: Flynn Hotels

Napoleon was settling into his first full year of exile on St Helena, Rossini’s Barber of Seville premiered in Rome and in Cork a group of merchants s(...)

Times past: ‘Speaker’s Clock’ that plays ‘God Save the Queen’ was previously on loan to Leinster House

There was standing room only in the saleroom at the Killashee House Hotel in Naas, Co Kildare, on Tuesday when Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers sold the conte(...)

 One of the designs of the London home of the 18th-century Prince of Wales, contained in a pocket book sent to his friend Thomas Conolly, of Castletown House, Co Kildare

In 1789, while the revolting French were sharpening the guillotine for plump aristocratic necks, in London an untroubled Prince of Wales was enjoying (...)

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow described President Michael D Higgins’ visit as ‘historic’. Photograph: Reuters/Neil Hall

Dozens of intrigued tourists stood outside Sovereign’s Entrance in the Palace of Westminster yesterday as the Lifeguards, resp(...)

Hot Weather/Hot Day by Jack B Yeats sold for €27,500 at O’Driscoll’s, less than its lower estimate, €30,000- €40,000

Monday, December 2nd Morgan O’Driscoll Auctioneers, Irish art auction. 73 per cent of lots sold. Hot Weather/ Hot Day by Jack B Yeats, €27,500 (€30,00(...)

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