“Not satisfied with the sealed packages and bits of bone displayed elsewhere, Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria displays a skull discovered in the early 1800s which it claims to be that of St Valentine himself, wearing a crown of flowers.”

Love is in the air today when couples flock to Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin and the Shrine of St Valentine. The reliquary contains a vessel “ti(...)

Trainer Aidan O’Brien ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Aidan O’Brien will make a late decision on where Ol’ Man River runs this weekend with the highly-regarded juvenile one of 16 possibles in the Juddmont(...)

Author Lean Cullinan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Léan Cullinan has been writing since childhood and is a graduate of the MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin. Her debut novel is The(...)

Verrazano and War Command (pictured) will fly the Ballydoyle flag in this afternoon’s Eclipse at Sandown. Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien’s trans-Atlantic reach this weekend could see him double his Group One tally for the season with top-flight hopes from New York to Sa(...)

Australia (Joseph O’Brien) lands the Epsom Derby and will attempt to complete the double at the Curragh this weekend.

Aidan O’Brien might have the task of preparing Australia for Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby but perhaps the most delicate balancing act of al(...)

Australia ridden by Joseph O’Brien is likely to start favourite for the Derby. Photograph: Inpho

If the Epsom Derby could be decided on reputation then Australia would virtually be past the most famous finishing post in racing already and Aidan O’(...)

Ryan Moore has been given the mount on Geoffrey Chaucer for Saturday’s Investec Derby at Epsom. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien has finalised his jockey bookings for Saturday’s Investec Derby at Epsom, with Ryan Moore picking up the mount on Geoffrey Chaucer. Cool(...)

“Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls.” Ulysses, James Joyce. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill
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“I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant.” Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez “And once I had recognis(...)

Aidan O’Brien: trainer’s Geoffrey Chaucer is the standout name for Ballysax. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

This year’s late Easter will work to Navan’s benefit on Saturday when the renowned classic trial, the PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes, mak(...)

Portrait of Nikolai Leskov by Valentin Serov 1894.

‘Here is God’s plenty,” remarked the English poet John Dryden of The Canterbury Tales. A similar comment could apply to the work of the 19th-century R(...)

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