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Alan Frame’s beautifully illustrated book contains many stories about its alumni who include writers John Hewitt, Robert Greacen and Glenn Patterson; artists Paul Henry, Basil Blackshaw and Colin Davidson; concert pianist Barry Douglas; actors Jamie Dornan and James Ellis, and stained-glass artist Wilhemina Geddes, who has a crater named after her on Mercury. Above, detail from the book’s cover

Methodist College, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, has left its imprint on Belfast and Northern Ireland in terms of the arts, sc(...)

September 1979: Pope John Paul II signs the visitors' book at  Áras an Uachtaráin as the president, Dr Patrick Hillery, looks on.

A different Pope, John Paul II, flew in on an Aer Lingus plane to a different Ireland for the papal visit at the end of September 1979. It lasted thr(...)

Olivia O’Leary: “I go in, I do my column, and I bugger off. I’m at that age where the internal politics of RTÉ don’t interest me anymore.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Olivia O’Leary is in the kitchen of her Monkstown house, making coffee, and I am snooping around the livingroom, seeing what I can glean in her absenc(...)

Susan Denham made her final appearance on the Supreme Court bench on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

When, in December 1992, Susan Denham became the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court, it was a culture shock for her and for the instituti(...)

The People’s debate with Vincent Browne. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

It was to be no routine meeting of Kerry County Council in the Ashe Memorial Hall in Tralee. Vincent Browne was in town to assess the level of debate(...)

Stock image of a young reporter at work. “Back in no-low-fares, no-internet 1990, being on the Paris-based Journalists in Europe (JE) programme was like stepping into another world; or, perhaps more precisely, just stepping into the world.” File photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty

It was idealistic, fun, paid for by others, and it involved travel – lots of travel. Even today it would be a young journalist’s dream. But back in n(...)

Passion for trees: autumnal colours in Co Mayo. Illustration: Michael Viney

Perhaps the sycamore should go next. It’s so much bigger than ever we expected, overwhelming the apple trees and robbing the polytunnel of early-morni(...)

Basil Bradshaw’s ‘Headland 2’

Paintings by Basil Blackshaw will go under the hammer at auction in Dublin next week for the first time since the artist’s death earlier this month. (...)

Basil Blackshaw. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey

Basil Blackshaw was an artist who found wonder in the ordinary and then transformed it into something extraordinary, one of his friends told his funer(...)

James Downey: described   as ‘the best editor The Irish Times never had’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

James Downey, one of Ireland’s most distinguished journalists, has died. Born in Dromahair, Co Leitrim, he began his newspaper career in the early 19(...)

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