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The publication in 1986 of Anna Parnell’s The Tale of a Great Sham, scrupulously edited and annotated by Dana Hearne, was a landmark event in Irish wo(...)

Old wooden structure in Rumsiskes, Lithuania – fascinating log constructions exist deep in Lithuanian forests.

I’ve recently been salvaging a large plot of long-neglected garden, completely overgrown with brambles, weeds and self-seeding trees. The previous own(...)

As British as Churchill: sky-hockey player Paul Mescal in Normal People and aristocratically foreheaded Andrew Scott in Sherlock

Why oh why are the snowflake Irish always so upset by British people claiming their stuff? Why? Why!? In the wake of the Emmy nominations yesterday,(...)

Prince Joachim of Prussia, the sixth and youngest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II, took his own life 100 years ago this month. Some of the 1916 leaders in the GPO discussed the possibility of putting the German prince on the Irish throne.

One hundred years ago this month, Prince Joachim of Prussia, the sixth and youngest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II, shot himself in his castle outside Potsd(...)

The Eccles Hotel & Spa in Glengariff, west Cork. Owner Ray Byrne says it is already 45 per cent full for July, as it prepares to reopen on June 29th.

The owner of the Eccles Hotel and Spa in west Cork says it is already 45 per cent full for July and at 40 per cent average occupancy for August as it (...)

The statue of Queen Victoria in Dublin, dated after 1908. Photograph: National Library of Ireland/Flickr Commons

The end, for Victoria, wasn’t particularly dignified. “As I watched, another workman appeared, clambering over her head, gripping her sometimes by th(...)

Sir Samuel Baker Road in Gulu, northern Uganda, is named after a British explorer who is said to have laid the foundations for colonialism. Photograph: Sally Hayden

As statues of slave traders are torn down across Europe and the US, thousands of people have signed a petition to have the names of streets and landma(...)

The statue of Edward Carson outside Stormont. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

It is surprising that the new mood of iconoclasm has not alighted upon Belfast’s statue of Dr Henry Cooke. A 19th century Presbyterian clergyman, Co(...)

Lucy Worsley’s Royal Photo Album: the historian turned cosplayer got to dress like Queen Elizabeth

The excellent historian turned historical cosplayer Lucy Worsley is back this week, guiding us through the photographic history of the British royal f(...)

 Florence Nightingale: born on May 12th, 1820.  Photograph: Getty Images

Of the 110,000 British soldiers who took part in the Crimean War between October 1853 and February 1856, about 2,700 were killed in battle, 2,000 othe(...)

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