Find the entrance to Glanmore Hall just after Heaney’s cottage and drive past paddocks and up a rise.

Dripping with history and cultural credentials, the Glanmore Estate in Ashford, Co Wicklow, was once home to famous playwright John Millington Synge. (...)

Glengarriff Castle, Glengarriff, Co Cork.

For many people worldwide, the current Covid-19 crisis is causing a reassessment of how we live, in terms of our health, clean air and the breathabili(...)

Broadcaster Bláthnaid Treacy preparing for the official programme launch of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture in Eyre Square, Galway. Photograph:  Aengus McMahon

If you agree with Plato that a good start is half the battle, you’d be worried for Galway 2020. Quoted in different ways since 400BC, the Greek philos(...)

Fliuch, gruaig and loingeas, illustrated by Joe McLaren

Cupán: Cups, vessels and drinking horns A cup is generally known as a cupán or a cupa in modern Irish, but, despite appearances, neither word is a pa(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins in Würzburg on the third day of an official state visit to Germany. Photograph:  Maxwell

This weekend the German city of Würzburg comes to a joyous standstill, celebrating its Catholic heritage, the Cavan man they have to thank for it – an(...)

Glendalough House, Adelaide Road, Glenageary, Co Dublin.

A large Victorian house in Glenageary, Co Dublin, was the final resting place of playwright JM Synge: his coffin was laid out on the table in the fron(...)

Lot 52, Paul Henry’s  Evening in Achill (€150,000–€250,000) at Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale.

For the first time, auctioneer Morgan O’Driscoll has taken lots from his upcoming Irish and International Art Sale on tour. Having just returned from (...)

Colm Tóibín. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There is a peculiar intensity about some streets in Dublin that gets more layered the longer you live in the city and the more stray memories and asso(...)

Aran jumper: Grace Kelly and Steve McQueen

We all know what urban myths are, and the same ones tend to turn up again and again. Like the old chestnut one of the driver picking up the hitch-hike(...)

Avonbeg Mill:  planning permission for a new three-bedroom home

Fancy an old mill with a history and considerable potential? Colliers has just the thing for you in Ballinaclash Co Wicklow. Avonbeg Mill is a tumbl(...)

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