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Lot 480: Vivien Greene’s Belgravia townhouse interior from 1850, €6,000 - €8,000

The forthcoming Chatsworth summer sale in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny by Fonsie Mealy on July 23rd will offer a number of interesting lots. These include(...)

Lot 32: Included along with Mary Dorgan’s letters to her son are two amateur photographs depicting Winston Churchill and his daughter Mary Soames, £1,000-£1,500 Sotheby’s.

The current Sotheby’s online sale of English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, which runs until July 9th, features a few lots o(...)

Poets Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Erin Fornoff, Ciaran O’Rourke and Adam Wyeth will participate in  ‘Ulysses in Distant Lands’, an evening of poetry and song, at Epic for Bloomsday.

James Joyce’s Ulysses was a recreation of the sights, sounds and smells of a Dublin that was passing out of existence even as Joyce wrote about it bet(...)

Ellie O’Sullivan, aged 10, from Gaelscoil Inse Chór at the launch of Culture Date with Dublin 8 at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Two, four, six, eight, who do we appreciate? Actually, it’s all about the last number next weekend. Eight. As in Dublin 8. D8. Or DO8 as it seems doom(...)

Fortgranite Estate in Baltinglass in Co Wicklow

The forthcoming sale of the contents of Fortgranite Estate in Baltinglass in Co Wicklow by Fonsie Mealy offers an insight into the remarkable history (...)

Mark Ronan, the new headmaster of King’s Hospital school in Dublin. Photograph: Chris Bellew/ Fennells

Not so long ago boarding schools were in steady decline. The shift in how society values family life, along with the economic downturn, all played the(...)

Rosetta Cucchi began her Irish career as a répétiteur at the Wexford Festival in 1995.

Wexford Festival Opera has announced the appointment of Rosetta Cucchi as its new artistic director. The 54-year-old will take up her new role in Nove(...)

James Mustich: “I spent 14 years writing this and I know that I’m going to spend the next 14 years hearing from people what should have been in it.”

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List, by the American author James Mustich, is best understood less as a book, more as a kind of i(...)

Phar Lap’s hide was preserved by a taxidermist and is now exhibited in the Melbourne Museum

It seems I owe New Zealand an apology for suggesting here last week (An Irishman’s Diary, October 31st) that the great 1920s racehorse Phar Lap was “A(...)

A vacated ward in St James’s Hospital. Davis and Mary Coakley outline the early beginnings of the hospital  in their new book, “The History and Heritage of St James’s Hospital, Dublin”

I first walked the wards of St James’s Hospital in April 1983. It was a big moment for our small group of medical students. Up to that point, our teac(...)

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