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Interior of Coventry Cathedral. Photograph:  Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

We live in challenging times. The uncertainties hanging over our hopes and expectations for Christmas are difficult for many to manage. However, it is(...)

The two ancient pillars at the entrance to Kevin Street Garda station. Photograph: Sara Freund

The centuries-old buildings at Kevin Street in Dublin occupied for many years by the Garda Síochána are to be saved for future generations. After man(...)

Sopwell Hall Estate,  Co Tipperary.

“A piece of heaven,” is how Michael Ramsden describes his home of 35 years. “You cannot hear a thing at night, there is no sound, light or air polluti(...)

Macnas, whose parades are a core part of their work, receive this year’s special tribute award. Photograph: Brian Arthur

There should have been applause. There should have been cheers. There should have been hugs and kisses and jokes and a few convivial jars after. Inste(...)

‘Successive waves of migrants changed the Irish food landscape every so often, from the first farmers to the Celts, Vikings and Normans,’ says JP McMahon.  Photograph: Fusionshooters

Before writing my new book, I had one misgiving: did the world need another book about Irish food? Surely there were enough already. But each generati(...)

Aside from hiring a third-party organisation to fact-check posts, should social media platforms shoulder more responsibility? The algorithm that serves content to users, after all, is designed to maximise eyeballs on screens regardless of that content.

It was Jonathan Swift who said in 1710 that “falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it”. Fittingly, a version of this quote is almost always (...)

Rare 18th Century oak hall chair with links to William Congreve, €500-€800,  Matthews

 The mether – or madder – as it is also known, is an ancient cup with four sides and three to four handles, unique to Celtic cultures. The name i(...)

William Congreve in 1709. Painting by Sir Godfrey Kneller in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

The writer William Congreve, who was born 350 years ago, began and ended life in England. But in between, he spent formative years in this country, th(...)

Portrait of Dean Jonathan Swift. Swift lived through and lost money on the world’s first global financial boom and bust, the South Sea Bubble of 1720. Photograph: DeAgostini/Getty Images

Today is Dean Jonathan Swift’s birthday. He was born on November 30th, 1667, in the parish of St Werburgh’s in Dublin. Last weekend, I was asked to sp(...)

The  Long Room library in Trinity College Dublin.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room is famous around the world for its stunning collection of rare library books. The fact that all of the 40 marble s(...)

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