The diningroom at Martinstown, Ballysax, Co Kildare. The tables in many of these country houses  can sit  from 12 to 30 people. Photograph: James Fennell

“I love going to our meetings,” says Hannah Flynn of Roundwood House in Co Laois. Hannah is chairman of The Hidden Ireland organisation and it’s no wo(...)

“Don’t make unnecessary journeys.” – Teresa Mannion, RTÉ

“I recognise no partition. I recognise it as no crime to be in my own country. I would be ashamed of my own name and my murdered husband’s name if I d(...)

Think we’ve missed any important quotes? Let us know by submitting your suggestions here and we will publish a selection of the best 1(...)

Author Elizabeth Bowen

The Last September, Elizabeth Bowen (1929)  Set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, Elizabeth Bowen’s novel was publ(...)

Carson McCullers inherited an ancestral connection with Ireland that she would grow up to romanticise

Born in the US state of Georgia, 100 years ago tomorrow, the writer Carson McCullers inherited an ancestral connection with Ireland that she would gro(...)

 Molly Keane with Sally Phipps’s godfather  John Gielgud,  c1930. Photograph courtesy  of Waterford County Museum

In 1945 Elizabeth Bowen wrote to her lover Charles Ritchie that “The people I was staying with – Bobby and Molly Keane – have the most heavenly child (...)

Maeve Brennan sitting at the fireplace. Photograph from Angela Bourke’s Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker

Few writers possess the daunting mixture of resilience and vulnerability that Maeve Brennan brought to a small but powerful body of work, comparable (...)

John Montague and his wife  Elizabeth Wassell  at home in west Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson

John Montague, the great Ulster poet and first Ireland Professor of Poetry, who has just died in his beloved France, will be mourned by everyone who u(...)

“Modern” is a funny word in Ireland. In other countries, modern implies a straight line of development, from rural to urban, from agricultural to ind(...)

Annes Grove: the early 18th-century house

The legend that a pot of gold guarded by fairies and therefore inaccessible lies under one of the trees at Annes Grove may be no more than a legend, (...)

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