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Grandad’s shoe box is seldom used now but remains  a precious possession Photograph: istock

It was a beautiful spring morning as I made my way along the country road. I stepped onto the grass verge to make way for an oncoming car and there si(...)

Dundalk’s Michael Duffy and Cork City’s Conor McCarthy compete for the ball during Saturday’s President’s Cup clash at Turner’s Cross. Photo: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

A new season of the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland kicks off on Friday. The prospect means little to most of us. Indifference is mainly the lot of I(...)

Kate Middleton wore Carrickmacross lace on her wedding day.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

One of the lesser-known casualties of the first World War was the Irish lace-making industry. It wasn’t quite killed off then, or since, and its survi(...)

The ‘Normandie’ docking in New York. Photograph: Courtesy V&A

From Shall we Dance, featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers sailing from Paris to New York, to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe and Jane(...)

A sketch of Averil  Deverell by the well-known Irish artist Seán O’Sullivan.

A trove of personal objects and legal documents belonging to one of the first two women called to the bar in Ireland or the United Kingdom has been fo(...)

A new book called “The Trinity College Harp”, by Brian Manners, is subtitled – with less exaggeration that you might at first suspect – “Ireland and the most exotic music instrument in the world”.

When the music collector Edward Bunting chronicled a revival of the Gaelic harp in the 1790s, one of the mysteries connected with the ancient instrume(...)

Patricia Mountbatten and John Knatchbull arriving for their wedding at Romsey Abbey in Hampshire, England, in 1946. Photograph: Eddie Worth/Associated Press

Patricia Knatchbull, a grande dame of Britain’s titled elite, whose life embraced a fabled childhood between two world wars and deep personal tragedy (...)

Ger Lyons: “For six months of the year the flat should get the profile it deserves and it’s not happening.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ten years after memorably breaking his Royal Ascot duck with Elletelle in the Queen Mary Stakes the in-form Ger Lyons is readying a team of up to eigh(...)

Mary and John Green, great grandchildren of John Redmond, with photographs of Willie and John Redmond. Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

There is a photograph in the Redmond family collection which may well be the last one taken of Major Willie Redmond MP. Redmond, who is wearing his (...)

Aidan O’Brien: there is still a relative ‘B team’ feel to O’Brien’s raiding party which will hardly bode well for the home team’s classic chances in 2017 should they not rise to the challenge now.

Newmarket’s Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes is a rare blank on Aidan O’Brien’s cross-channel Group One CV and his two hopefuls on Saturday, Roly Poly (...)

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