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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(...)

The old man tells me that he needs to see me. A matter of life and death, he says on the phone. So, like an idiot, I drop everything and go racing aro(...)

Belfast city , from the top of Cave Hill. ‘Belfast will sound louder than you left it, there’s just a chance your view of it will have changed for the better.’ Photograph: iStock Photo

Cave Hill is an inescapable fact of Belfast life. Practically the only time you can’t see it is when you are standing right on it. It isn’t the highes(...)

ICG had to cancel summer sailings of the WB Yeats, a new ship that it ordered from German shipbuilder FSG, because it was not ready on time

Ferry company Irish Continental Group (ICG) found itself in choppy financial waters this summer, thanks in part to a number of things that were beyond(...)

An artists impression of the WB Yeats

Cancelled sailings that left ferry operator Irish Continental Group (ICG) with a €13 million bill made trading during the peak summer period “difficul(...)

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