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Mat Donovan leads his Knocknagow team in a game of hurling in the earliest surviving footage of hurling on film (Knocknagow, Film Company of Ireland, 1918)

The GAA moved from fearing to embracing television without thinking twice about it. The only note of contention is when that transformation occurred. (...)

Josie Colí Óg Ó Cualáin  and Padraig Willie Ó Fatharta prepare the plaque for fitting at the new memorial at Lochán Beag, Indreabhán, in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When several south Connemara fishermen spotted a “strange object” floating in Galway Bay almost a century ago, they were sure it would bring them som(...)

David Mullins with trainer Willie Mullins Photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

At the Horse Racing Ireland awards lunch earlier in the week, I found myself sitting beside a cherubic youth who looked vaguely familiar.  Anywhe(...)

 Jockey David Mullins  poses in the winner’s enclosure alongside trainer Mouse Morris and Rule The World owner Michael O’Leary after winning the 2016  Grand National steeplechase at Aintree. Photograph: Getty Image

If it’s incongruous for a health company to start sponsoring the world’s most famously fraught steeplechase then just as unlikely is the idea of Mouse(...)

Paul Henry’s  ‘In the Western Mountains’, estimated at €40,000-€60,000,  sold for €52,000 at Adam’s Irish art sale

At Adam’s Irish art sale in Dublin on Wednesday night, 70 per cent of the 194 lots sold for a total of €450,000. The top price was achieved for a cl(...)

Joe Hone: February 25th, 1937-August 15th, 2016.  Photograph: Jack McManus

Joseph Hone, who has died in his 80th year, was an accomplished travel writer and novelist. His family tree included the painters Nathaniel Hone the E(...)

Paul Henry’s “Connemara Landscape”, a traditional image of thatched cottages, turf stacks and cumulous clouds, made €100,000

Summer may have just begun but all three main Dublin art auctioneers have already wrapped up their summer sales. So, as the half-way point of 2016 app(...)

‘[Miscellaneous Objects], North Bray Harbour, County Wicklow’ by Harry Kernoff

Bray in Co Wicklow used to be a popular – even fashionable – seaside resort until the Irish public realised that guaranteed sunshine was just a short(...)

‘The Birds are on the Move’, with an estimated value of €60,000- €80,000, was owned by a former Swiss ambassador to Ireland, Guy de Keller. It dates from 1955.

Two paintings by Jack B Yeats – one unseen by the public for 70 years and the other returning to Ireland after 45 years in a private collection overse(...)

Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne in The Quiet Man. Photograph: Kobal

When Seán Ó Tuairisg was a gasúr in short pants at school in Connemara, he was out in the playground when the film crew associated with John Ford’s Th(...)

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