Douglas Hyde

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Prof Ludwig Mühlhausen was a professor of Celtic studies at Berlin University and a Nazi spy. Photograph: BBC

It could be a story from a spy novel: the German scholar who claimed to be learning Irish in Donegal but who was instead an “enthusiastic” Nazi secret(...)

 Aaron’s rod turns into a serpent. Moses’s brother was also something of a tour guide. Illustration: Getty

My apologies to Arran Henderson, the tour guide I mentioned here earlier in the week, whose first name I managed to get wrong despite double-checking (...)

Gaetano de Gennaro’s portrait of Margaret Burke Sheridan at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Italian artist made a home for himself in Ireland in the 1940s. Today his portrait of Ireland’s first president, Douglas Hyde, hangs in Áras an Uac(...)

From The Irish Times – Friday, May 30th, 1919.

Nutritional products asserting health-giving properties pre-date protein bars, and even this (160-year-old!) publication. And long before science woul(...)

Patrick Leonard, On the Dublin Road, Skerries, €1,000-€1,500

Collectable yet affordable artworks feature in the forthcoming de Veres sale at the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin, this Tuesday,(...)

An Irish soldier and an RUC officer share a joke at the original Irish Border in 1924. Still from Pathé, courtesy of the Irish Film Institute

The original hard Border on the island of Ireland was imposed by the Irish Free State in 1923, and footage of it has now been digitised and put online(...)

Fred Deane, caretaker at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Standing before the impressive Neo-Romanesque doorway of St Ann’s Church of Ireland on Dublin’s Dawson Street, Fred Deane is handing out leaflets for (...)

President Michael D Higgins with Michael Holohan from the Forget-Me-Nots choir who was at  Áras an Uachtaráin in 1939 as a six-year-old boy.

A small boy, who attended the first garden party held in Áras an Uachtaráin by Ireland’s first president, Douglas Hyde, has, 80 years later, returned (...)

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There she was ahead of me on Main Street, Ballaghaderreen. A neighbour. It was during a fleadh many moons ago. I would surprise her. I sneaked up from(...)

A TCD Hist member speaking on the opposition side against the motion 'This House Would Vote for Mitt Romney to be the next President of the United States of America'. File photograph: Alan Betson

Much of what passes for debate nowadays is characterised by individuals with scant knowledge of what they are talking about, pouring forth ill-digeste(...)

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