The front page of The Irish Times on April 18th, 1949

Midnight passed on April 18th, 1949, but the 21 gun salute that was due to take place couldn’t go ahead as eager crowds broke through the barriers on (...)

Lot 53: Bronze death mask of Robert Emmet (€800- €1,200) at Whyte’s.

The phone lines at Whyte’s on Molesworth Street have been hopping since the catalogue for its forthcoming Eclectic Collector sale was issued last week(...)

Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? (...)

Life cast Masks of David Bowie by Joe Murray (€500-€700), Morgan O’Driscoll.

Although the Irish art market appears to be heading towards recovery since the economic crash, it still remains a fickle world. Take, for example, Flo(...)

Going forward, an appalling phrase, somehow associated with the last recession.
In a Word: phrase

There are things in life I will never understand. What people mean when they say “give it up’ . . . for Bill or George (any damn one but Sue!). Or whe(...)

John Ruskin in 1882

More than 20 years before his nightmare in Reading Gaol, Oscar Wilde had a rather happier experience of hard labour in England.  For two months (...)

Maud MacCarthy under the pseudonym Swami Omananda Puri

It was when I was working on the book, The Invisible Art, A Century of Irish Music, 1916-2016, that I first registered the name Maud MacCarthy. She w(...)

Nathan Slattery (10 months) from Blackhall Place, Dublin 7,  gets to grips with a toy Santa while shopping on Henry Street. Photograph: Frank Miller

The worst of it, surely, is over. The weeks – or was it months? – of frenzied shops and crazy traffic. The braindeadening cheesy muzak and the nerve-(...)

Count Laval Graf Nugent Von Westmeath: born in Ballynacor, Co Westmeath, in 1777

In her classic account of travels through 1930s Yugoslavia, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Rebecca West visited a castle formerly owned by one of Ireland(...)

Demonstrators  on the French overseas island of La Reunion on Monday demonstrate as part of the gilets jaunes (yellow vest)  movement to protest against fuel prices.  Photograph: Richard Bouhet/AFP/Getty Images

Protest movements in France invariably carry echoes of class warfare and the 1789 revolution. The yellow-jacketed gilets jaunes, who managed to mobili(...)

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