Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

On a tour of Ireland, one might easily ask: where are the women? There are statues to a few (we counted just five), a smattering of commemorative plaq(...)

Don’t turn up your nose ... the humble turnip has potential

First things first. Is it a turnip or a swede? That largely depends on where in the world you are. In Ireland, the chunky, purple and orange root vege(...)

Mary MacSwiney (1872-1942), republican, was born on March 27th, 1872, in Bermondsey in London, the eldest of seven surviving children of an English mo(...)

Visit the home of WB Yeats at Thoor Ballylee, on part of Lady Gregory’s Coole estate in Gort, Galway.

James Joyce: Fairview, Dublin James Joyce’s peripatetic childhood has left a number of homes for a pilgrimage map, though not all of which you c(...)

A Christmas Carol (oil on canvas) by Augustus Edwin Mulready, which sold at Adam’s for €1,300

SUNDAY (DECEMBER 11th) Matthews Auction Rooms, Oldcastle, Co Meath. Lot 200, an art deco diamond (4carat) solitaire ring, €18,000 (€20,000-€30,000);(...)

From A Series of Eight Sketches in Colour, together with a Chart of the Route of the Voyage of HMS Investigator during the Discovery of the North West Passage by Capt Samuel Gurney Cresswell

The first printing of Shakespeare’s collected works outside England took place in Dublin in 1726. Now, 290 years, later a set of all eight volumes is (...)

Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

My favourite moment in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice comes when Elizabeth Bennett gets her first look at Mr Darcy’s gaff – the enormous and beauti(...)

Edith Somerville and Violet Martin: so mysterious and inexplicable was their writing partnership that they’re fully regarded as one

Somerville and Ross could be expected to present a difficulty here, being not one woman but two. But so symbiotic and consummate, as well as mysteriou(...)

Auction Results:Tuesday, July 16th John Weldon Auctioneers, Cow’s Lane, Dublin 8. A necklace, with 74 diamonds, €11,200 (€10,000- €12,000); boxed set (...)