I finally got around to visiting that sculpture of the first World War soldier in St Stephen’s Green last weekend, just before they took it away. And (...)

 Maud Gonne. Photograph: Courtesy of the Yeats Society of Sligo

Exile was a key part of James Joyce’s strategy as a living writer. That it has followed him into eternity was not part of the plan. Since his death in(...)

The Rocks of Bawn were famously unploughable. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As with the Cliffs of Dooneen, the whereabouts of the Rocks of Bawn are one of the great debating points of Irish balladry. They most often get attrib(...)

Gavan Ring: playing his native Cahersiveen

Sunday, August 5th Tara Erraught, Gavan Ring Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church, Cahersiveen; 4pm; €25; 087 2211667 Irish baritone Gavan Ring, who make(...)

The year was 1583,  the venue Dublin Castle’s inner courtyard

The concept of taking the law into your own hands is now just a metaphor for extrajudicial revenge. But it used to have a more literal meaning in Brit(...)

Jane Austen: impending bicentenary of her death will unleash a flood of commemorations

I did a double-take during the week when an email arrived inviting me to “celebrate the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s death at Hilton Park, Co Monagha(...)

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (centre), with Jimmy Deenihan (left) and Shane Mac Thomais at a grave in Glasnevin cemetery. Photograph: Alan Betson

Britain’s Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, visited Glasnevin cemetery yesterday where he laid wreaths at the Sigerson Memorial to the volunteer(...)