The village of Lignerolles in eastern France. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

The most charming article I read last autumn was a short piece by Le Monde journalist Pascale Robert-Diard, titled “#ineverylittletown, tender and gra(...)

You may have seen last month how Fáilte Ireland wants to create a new brand for the Midlands, following on such successes as the Wild Atlantic Way and(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave former taoiseach speaking on the occasion of the unveiling of a plaque celebrating the birth of WT Cosgrave in 2013.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When Liam Cosgrave was born his father was in jail. WT Cosgrave, minister of local government in the underground Dáil administration, had been on the(...)

The owner of Forgney Lodge never intended to live in the area but while looking for a country retreat saw an ad in the paper and travelled down to vi(...)

Irish Roots

A few weeks back, the Ordnance Survey Ireland maps website (maps.osi.ie) was taken offline and the worldwide Fraternity of Historic Map Nuts held its (...)

Glassan Village, Co Westmeath Getting there: Glassan village is on the N55 nine kilometres north of Athlone.(...)

A wash and brush up for Goldsmith in the grounds of Trinity College, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Let’s face it, we all need a bit of a wash and brush-up every now and again. And if you’re standing, day after day, at the busy corner of Dame Street (...)

Never had it easy: it took Eimear McBride nearly a decade to get A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing into print

The mother of the Irish novel, Frances Sheridan, was brought up to be illiterate. Her father didn’t want her to be able to read, and her brothers had (...)

Jon Kenny as Mr Hardcastle and Caroline Morahan as Miss Hardcastle

Abbey Theatre, Dublin ***   Like any classic worth its salt, Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 comedy of deception and misunderstanding sti(...)

Sinead Crowley: “the last book that made me text everyone I knew and demand they buy it was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Sinead Crowley, RTÉ’s arts and media correspondent, is the author of Can Anybody Help Me? (Quercus, £12.99). A self-confessed internet addict, she (...)

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