A tiny Ming bowl with the Chenghua six character mark in a double square is expected to fetch €20,000-€30,000 at Sheppard’s sale

Diamonds, dragons and a death mask feature in some of this week’s auction highlights. All sales are live, but in accordance with current Government Co(...)

The launch of the Culture Night Dublin programme in February. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than 700 events are due to take place, both virtually and in person, across the country on Friday evening as part of Culture Night 2020, now in i(...)

The man on the RTÉ news last month was clear. Poet Patrick Kavanagh could be “scathing and colourful” in speech and was “an awkward character”. So sai(...)

Novena of poems:   Caitríona Ní Chléirchín   reads “In Memory of My Mother” at the graveside of  Patrick Kavanagh in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, as part of a tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of  his death. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It was “a day for the long johns”, as one of the older men present said to his neighbour. Nevertheless, 50 years after Patrick Kavanagh’s death on Nov(...)

Peter Kavanagh: provoked landmark legal copyright case

The late Peter Kavanagh – irascible brother of the poet Patrick – and the sixth-century holy man St Colmcille may not have much else in common. But th(...)

Hope Castle in Castleblayney

The new Monaghan Tourism website does not exaggerate when it describes the local landscape as “unspoiled”. The county of the little hills is indeed(...)