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The Store Yard has a selection of 19th century rocking horses,  from €350, and vintage red hat boxes from Christy’s of London c1960, €90 each.

Antique gifts have a lot to offer. Not only are they the most eco-friendly choice, they are made to last and for buyers offer a more relaxed alternati(...)

 Ballyhale manager Henry Shefflin during the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship final against James Stephens.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The falling of the year naturally gives itself to elegy and if the Irish reputation is for dealing well with death, the GAA epitomises it. All around (...)

Ballygunner’s Stephen O’Keeffe is fouled by Mark Aylward and Patrick Mullen of Ballyhale Shamrocks in the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship semi-final last month. Photograph: Inpho

This Sunday Ballyhale Shamrocks go into action against Galway champions St Thomas in the AIB club hurling final seeking to extend their lead at the to(...)

Bennettsbridge players celebrate their victory over Abbeyknockmoy in the All -Ireland intermediate club final at Croke Park in 2016. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Time spins in ruthless loops and it doesn’t take much for the old certainties to get lost in the cyclone. When Bennettsbridge lost the 1974 county fi(...)

82 George’s Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin, was totally refurbished and extended in 2007

A double-fronted early Victorian house built in 1844 was totally refurbished and extended in 2007 by the property investor who bought it in 2006. It’s(...)

Galway’s Cathal Mannion, Conor Whelan and Brian Concannon in action against  James Maher of Kilkenny.   Photograph: Oisín Keniry

Galway 1-22 Kilkenny 2-11 It used to be that on fine days, Salthill was hellish only for its traffic. On this evidence it is set to become quite the (...)

TJ Reid: series of impressive performances helped drive new-look Kilkenny to another league title. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s only two years ago that TJ Reid balked at comparisons between himself and Henry Shefflin, his club mate and former Kilkenny colleague. “I’ll nev(...)

Eamon de Valera speaks  at O’Connell’s monument in Ennis, Co Clare. “ He is very well thought of by his followers and considered extremely dangerous by the authorities . . . He is deified.” Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It is still possible to come across original sources for Ireland’s revolutionary period. The text here is a hitherto-neglected account of a visit to D(...)

On September 25th, 1917, Thomas Ashe died in the Mater Hospitals from complications arising out of a force feeding regime in Mountjoy Prison.   Photograph: National Library of Ireland

On September 25th, 1917, Thomas Ashe died in the Mater Hospitals from complications arising out of a force feeding regime in Mountjoy Prison. Ashe wa(...)

Bill Belichick: the New England Patriots head coach has formed a very successful partnership with his iconic quarterback Tom Brady. Photograph: Jim Rogash/Getty Images

On his second day as a New England Patriot, Brian Hoyer attended a team meeting where Bill Belichick opened the film session by showing lowlights from(...)

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