Oscar Wilde

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Kombucha is a fermented drink usually made with tea.

What is it about January that brings with it a certain amount of food melancholy? Is it the excesses of the past few weeks, the Christmas and New(...)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Au Salon de la rue des Moulins (1894), from the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi.

Paris in the 1890s. The Moulin Rouge is the most famous cabaret in Montmartre. Every evening there, a very short, bearded man wearing a pince-nez, bow(...)

Oscar Wilde’s tomb at Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris had long been daubed with graffiti by adoring fans and a cult grew up around leaving lipstick kisses on the monument.

Oscar Wilde’s grave in Paris was in such a “mess” three decades ago that the government was urged to send Irish stonemasons to clean it up amid concer(...)

Joy Crookes pictured at St James’s Church, Dingle as part of Other Voices 2019. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

There is a gig to attend to in a church across the street from Benner’s Hotel, Dingle, and she really needs to be in the make-up room to get camera-re(...)

Ashford Castle: The original castle dates back to 1228, when it was built as a stronghold for the Anglo Norman de Burgo family.

A number of years ago I had an American boyfriend who was keen to see Cong, home of the 1952 film The Quiet Man, and Ashford Castle. Americans tend to(...)

Paul Merton: the comedian’s grandfather James Power was a British soldier turned revolutionary. Photograph: Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty

PAUL MERTON ON HIS IRISH REVOLUTIONARY GRANDFATHER, 30 YEARS OF HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, AND HIS NEW BOOK OF 80 FUNNY STORIES, SKETCHES AND SCRIPTS(...)

Mr Justice Peter Charleton. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.” So reads the Oscar Wilde quote that opens a document instructing legal staff (...)

The cortege passes the GPO on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral in London are inscribed the simple but powerful words of appreciation for its architect Christopher Wren; “Lecto(...)

Qing dynasty reclining opium chair, €1,000-€1,500, Adam’s

Adam’s Asian Art sale on Tuesday, November 5th will feature almost 200 lots from China, Japan, India, Nepal and Tibet. Included along with important (...)

‘Our younger son went through a Jackson Pollack phase and a small but punchy abstract expressionist daub of his is in full, public view.’

For years I’ve watched my personal space slowly shrink in inverse proportion to my sons’ growth and I’ve finally been supplanted from my last little n(...)

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