Percy French

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Lot 52, Paul Henry’s  Evening in Achill (€150,000–€250,000) at Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale.

For the first time, auctioneer Morgan O’Driscoll has taken lots from his upcoming Irish and International Art Sale on tour. Having just returned from (...)

Lot 262 at the auction by Bonhams is a signed photograph of WB Yeats bearing the inscription: “For Belinda Duncan from WB Yeats Nov 24 1932” (€1,700-€2,300).

Monday: Mullen’s, Laurel Park, Woodbrook, Bray, Co Wicklow House clearance sale of a property on Wellington Road in Dublin 4, along with other items (...)

João Morais: a flair for humour is seen in the opening story and in sparse flashes elsewhere

What makes a good short-story collection? Without the length and scope of a novel to develop characters and plot, a story has to be precise in its aim(...)

  George Orwell Photograph: AP

In his memoir Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell mentions an Italian hotel waiter who, he said, had “worked his way up literally from the(...)

In 1994, at the Irish senior championships, they were pulling runners out of the mud for hours afterwards. There must be dozens of spikes still buried in those fields, lost souvenirs of a running war.

We were already ankle deep in mud and soon to be destroyed by the madness, starving, hysterical, naked. There are some things that young and innocent (...)

Full house at the modern dancing hall at The Galtymore Ballroom in Cricklewood

The poet Brendan Kennelly once told me that, as a young man in Kerry in the 1950s, he was occasionally approached by local lads about to emigrate, req(...)

Father’s Day: Ollie Clerkin in 1975. The pipe wasn’t an affectation, but the rest of it – the GAA kneel, the flexed arm, the ever-so-slight hint of a smirk – is surely a put-on

Malachy Clerkin on his father, Oliver I had never seen this photograph before Mam dug it out for me, last week, and now I can’t stop looking at it. H(...)

Egerton Crescent in Chelsea, London: the local council has asked Northern Ireland couple Martin and Francesca Shields   to remove a security camera and security light on the front of their house on the street and to repair the wall

A Northern Ireland couple who own the largest house on Dublin’s Shrewsbury Road have been ordered to remove security equipment from the front of their(...)

Co Mayo hotelier Cathal Hughes has bought historic Westport House in a deal that will see €50 million invested in the 455 acre estate.

The Mayo-based Hotel Westport Ltd has bought historic Westport House in a deal that will see €50 million invested in the 455 acre estate. The selle(...)

The phone box on Ormond Quay looks somewhat battered and unloved. It is situated within a stone’s throw from O’Connell Street where thousands of peop(...)

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