If you were christened “Michael Angelo”, as was Michael Angelo Hayes, who was born 200 years ago on July 25th, the chances are probably reasonable to (...)

The Illustrated London News depicts the fire in the Liberties in 1875. Photograph: Illustrated London News/ South Dublin County Council Digital Library

At William Smith’s inquest, his father, James, spoke to confirm he was a labourer, unmarried and 21 years old when he died. That was on Tuesday eveni(...)