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FX Buckley: Erin Mac an tSaoir, manager John Collins, owner Paddy Buckley, Carlos Ruelafcalin, Fran Bennett, Ann Crawford and Frank McMahon of the Moore Street butcher, in Dublin. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

“The sex organs of the male lamb are popular,” says Paddy Buckley from behind his spartanly furnished wooden desk in an office two floors above the Mo(...)

As a summation of all things Irish and a tradition that is fast passing, we should all chew on a pig’s foot occasionally.

We celebrated the recent Bloomsday at Tartare restaurant in Galway by pairing selected readings from James Joyce’s Ulysses with food mentioned in that(...)

By the 1920s, the Phibsboro Junction was firmly established as Doyle’s Corner, and is still known as that. Image: Google Street View

Next to a statue or the freedom of the city, perhaps the most select honour you can earn in Dublin is to have a street corner named after you in perpe(...)

It would appear the first European was also Irish.

I’ve long believed Bloomsday should be a national holiday. Or that the June Bank Holiday should be transferred to the 16th of this month. The weather (...)

Recovering a body from the General Slocum excursion steamer disaster in New York

In New York’s East River, between Manhattan and Queen’s, is a narrow tidal strait called Hell Gate. The name is apt, if accidentally so, because in th(...)

Joe Biden on the campaign trail in Los Angeles this week. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

When a mock row broke out this week between Joe Biden and other US Democrats about which of them was most Irish, and one – Maryland congressman John D(...)

James Joyce fan: Pete Buttigieg campaigning in South Carolina. Photograph: Swikar Patel/New York Times

Almost a century after it was first published, James Joyce’s Ulysses has become a talking point in the race to become the Democratic Party’s nominee i(...)

Irish romance: Tristan and Isolde in a 1902 painting by Edmund Leighton

From Dublin to Cork to Wicklow, follow in some famous footsteps and visit the sites of Ireland’s greatest love stories. As befits the count(...)

Graham McLaren and Neil Murray are directors of The Abbey Theatre

What was your favourite item of clothing as a teenager? Neil Murray: Harrington jacket Graham McLaren: Donkey jacket What was the last gift you bo(...)

The exchange of letters is the starting point of ‘The Hurlers’, a fascinating new book by Paul Rouse about the origins of “the first All-Ireland Championship and the making of modern hurling”

Everybody knows that the GAA was founded in Hayes’s Hotel, Thurles, in 1884. Less well-known, although perhaps just as crucial, is a meeting that happ(...)

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