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About the same time that Winston Churchill was giving two Northern Irish counties a permanently bad name in 1922, a future Hollywood actor was growing(...)

American soprano Angela Meade is returning for a special concert this year.

It’s been a tough 13 months in the arts, not just in Ireland, but also in Italy, where Wexford Festival Opera’s artistic director, Rosetta Cucchi, liv(...)

Two calendar entries with ditties by James Joyce (€6,000-€8,000, Whyte’s).

Two upcoming sales on Saturday, May 15th offer an eclectic mix of memorabilia and furniture. Sean Eacrett’s sale of the contents of Killinagh Lodge in(...)

George Salmon, provost of Trinity College Dublin from 1888 to 1904. He was fiercely opposed to the admission of female students to the university. Photograph: Frank Miller

It’s more than a century since the former provost of Trinity College Dublin George Salmon is reputed to have said: “Over my dead body will women enter(...)

The past was even worse than now. You can still see the wounds that history has inflicted on Dublin, Ciarán Behan tells me on a chilly evening stroll (...)

John Creedon: Italian, French and Spanish place names were brought to Ireland as the Dublin middle classes returned from travelling, hence Sorrento Road and Vico Road in Dalkey. Photograph: Don Macmonagle

There’s an old folk tale that dates from a time when the Russian-Finnish border was being redrawn. Some rather stern officials from Moscow knocked on (...)

Mary Queen of Scots prayerbook, Christie’s, £250,000 - £350,000.

The prayer book once owned by Mary, Queen of Scots will be offered as part of Christie’s Classic Week’s Old Master Group sale, which will be held live(...)

September 1968: Dubliner Joan O’Connell, addresses  Britain’s Trade Union Congress in Blackpool  on a motion on equal pay for equal work, which she described as “undoubtedly the oldest wage claim of the trade union movement”.

In September 1968 Joan O’Connell, a Dublin trade unionist, made an impassioned speech at Britain’s Trade Union Congress in Blackpool. She was speakin(...)

The “Earl of Rone” is presumed to refer to Hugh O’Neill (c1550–1616), aka the Earl of Ty-rone.  Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It somehow passed me by at the time, but thanks to alert reader Rita Larkin, my attention has been drawn to a strange annual event that took place in (...)

Saoirse Ronan rides out in armour that matches her blue eyes

 A few weeks ago, the distributors of Josie Rourke’s workmanlike historical drama embarked on one of the era’s more ill-considered social-media c(...)

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