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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(...)

Sweny Chemist Lincoln Place, Dublin Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of Dublin’s most famous literary landmarks is included in the sale of a central Dublin building. Number 1 Lincoln Place has been placed on the mar(...)

A view of Stoneybatter from   42 Manor Street, home to the Gateway Project. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Now in its second year, the Stoneybatter Festival offers a programme of nearly 100 events, encompassing music, food, arts, culture, entertainment and (...)

The then US president Barack Obama presents the National Humanities Medal to Philip Roth at the White House in March 2011. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

“If I’m not an American, I’m nothing,” the writer Philip Roth once said. Roth, one of the giants of American literature, passed away on Tuesday night (...)

‘The writer said Conor McGregor had grown up in “the Gaelic speaking, council estate badlands of Tallaght, south of Dublin”.’ Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

What a tragedy that Myles na gCopaleen, late of this parish, was not around to read the Sunday Times last weekend.  His heart would surely have s(...)

Detail from Aubrey Beardsley’s illustration to Oscar Wilde’s ‘Salome’

In the Roman calendar, June 24th was the feast of Fors Fortuna, the goddess of fortune. Her cult survives today in the form of Lady Luck, and modern w(...)

Throwaway returns to  the winner’s enclosure after winning the Gold Cup at Ascot in 1904

Traditionalists are still reeling from those shock scenes at Royal Ascot this week, in which gentlemen removed their jackets because of the heat and w(...)

Students from Notre Dame at the Forty Foot near Joyce’s Tower in Sandycove during Bloomsday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There was no Chapel of Love, no Unchained Melody and certainly no Rock the Boat in Ulysses. Neither was there a wedding but it it did not stop the No(...)

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