Henry King

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The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife: a detail from Daniel Maclise’s vast painting. Copyright National Gallery of Ireland

On May 1st, 1169 the deposed King of Leinster Dermot MacMurrough (Diarmait Mac Murchada) landed at Bannow Bay in Co Wexford with a group of mercena(...)

Two soldiers lower the  Irish flag  outside the General Post Office in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland is a country united by geography and divided by history. In James Joyce’s great novel Ulysses, Leopold Bloom, the main protagonist and an Iri(...)

Designer Karl Lagerfeld was the latest victim of a cancelling following his death this week.

“Cancel Culture” is a term that’s gained more traction in the online sphere in recent weeks. Put simply, it describes publicly shaming people for bad (...)

Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917 - 1980) at home in San Salvador in November 1979. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

There is something about the murder of a priest saying Mass that has always stirred the Christian imagination. The priest is then at his most vulnerab(...)

Pope Francis waves before his Angelus prayer after a Mass for Italian youths at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The pope is coming. So, what exactly is happening? The World Meeting of Families festival kicks off in the RDS and around the country on Tuesday, Aug(...)

The Swiss Cottage outside Cahir, Co Tipperary, is a fairy-book cottage orné with a curving thatched roof, ideal for a family excursion.

Ireland is fortunate to have so many architectural remains of our ancestors surviving still in the landscape, stretching right back to when we first s(...)

German Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann: a perennial critic of the ECB’s long-standing quantitative easing programme. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Next year there will be a changing of the guard at the European Central Bank as Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann is being tipped to succeed current pres(...)

Naas’s Main Street. The town, which has a population of 20,000-plus, retains a village vibe despite its size and range of facilities. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Of all Dublin’s commuter towns, Naas is one of the best thanks to its location and services. And with both of those qualities, it’s no surprise the to(...)

Supporters of a yes vote at Sydney’s Tamarama Beach. Australians have been asked to take part in a non-binding postal poll to gauge whether voters want  same-sex marriage. Photograph: Steven Saphore/Reuters

Australia is more than halfway through an eight-week postal survey to gauge public support for legalising same-sex marriage, and all polling suggests (...)

No overground trace of the abbey now remains, except in local place names

History has a bad habit of not being as quotable as we like to think. Take, for example, the question King Henry II is once and famously supposed to h(...)

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