JP Donleavy in March 2014 at his home, Levington Park in Co Westmeath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons
JP Donleavy: a glorious freedom

With the death this week of JP Donleavy and the passing earlier this year of Anthony Cronin, the last living links to an era of Irish literature have (...)

‘The Visitor’ (oil-on-board) by Mark O’Neill €2,300

Auction Results Saturday (September 9th) Whyte’s, Dublin: “The Eclectic Collector” auction at Buswell’s Hotel. Some 80 per cent of lots sold. Lot 373(...)

 JP Donleavy at his home,  Levington Park, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, in 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

JP Donleavy, who has died at the age of 91, was best known as the author of The Ginger Man, the critically acclaimed comic masterpiece. It is estimate(...)

RTÉ newsreader Don Cockburn.  Photograph: RTÉ Archives

Don Cockburn, who has died in his native Dublin after a short illness, was for many years one of the most recognised faces in Ireland, as anchor of th(...)

A cartoon by “Kilroy” of  Dublin’s Archbishop John Charles McQuaid running a family planning clinic, one of the items up for auction.

Auctions of historical memorabilia can shed fascinating light on aspects of social, political and economic history. Sometimes cartoons depict a story (...)

Éamon de Valera with members of the cabinet during the inauguration of the Constitution in 1937. Photograph: Hulton Archive

How stands the Constitution 80 years after the Irish electorate approved it? Éamon de Valera saw it as a crucial document in the quest for increased s(...)

 Lucas and Olivia Berlinger from Switzerland, great-grandchildren of John J Hearne, ahead of the unveiling of a bust in his honour outside Bishop’s Palace, Waterford. Photograph: Noel Browne

A new book on the “architect-in-chief” of the 1937 Constitution fills a “significant lacuna” in Irish legal history, according to the Chief Justice Su(...)

Leaving Cert history students were asked: “From Roosevelt to Reagan, would you agree that American presidents always acted for the good of America?” Photograph: iStock

Students and teachers alike were happy with the higher-level Leaving Certificate history paper, which examined popular areas of the course and offere(...)

Cue the national self-flagellation. “Mortified,” we were. Was ‘Father Ted’ really a comedy or a documentary?

Dispatches from Ireland, a peculiar rain-drenched outcrop at the edge of civilised Europe, indicate that John Charles McQuaid himself has returned fro(...)

Self-portrait, 1914, by Margaret Clarke. Copyright the artist’s estate

By any standard, the artist Margaret Clarke, nee Crilly, was a high achiever. She was born in Newry, Co Down, in 1884 to a family in which learning wa(...)

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