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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(...)

William Howard Russell, the Dublin-born war correspondent, photographed in Crimea by Roger Fenton.

His epitaph in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral in London states: “The first and greatest war correspondent”. And while William Howard Russell, an Iri(...)

Brothers Gerry and James Creighton with elephants Kirsty and Judy at Dublin Zoo before the animals were transferred to a new home in Neunkirchen Zoo in Germany. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Prince Tom’s record in the European Asian elephant stud book states he died in 1882, that he killed one person and his skeleton can now be seen in the(...)

 Sir Thomas Wyse. Photograph: Waterford Museum of Treasures.

On Christmas Eve 1796 a vast French fleet, the Expédition d’Irlande, lay off the Munster coastline awaiting a break in the winter blizzards. Their pla(...)

Dolittle: This nothingness doesn’t even have the good grace to be a bad movie

Spare a thought for the executives at Universal Pictures. You spend your Christmas weathering the ill-effects of Cats and head into a new year with – (...)

Christmas has always been a festival of light in the midst of the winter darkness, a necessary note of hope and optimism in a dark world that continues to hope in the bleak mid-winter for light and a future with promise. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Is Ireland moving away, further and further, from the inherited beliefs and practices that shaped the culture and identity of society and families? T(...)

Ann Fleming and her eldest grandchild Cian Domican, making Christmas pudding.Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

It’s not only plum puddings that Ann Fleming is making with her grandson Cian Domican on a Thursday evening in the run-up to Christmas. It’s a whole c(...)

Ashford Castle: The original castle dates back to 1228, when it was built as a stronghold for the Anglo Norman de Burgo family.

A number of years ago I had an American boyfriend who was keen to see Cong, home of the 1952 film The Quiet Man, and Ashford Castle. Americans tend to(...)

Freshly harvested Irish plums. Photo Credit Richard Johnston

In a world where supermarket shelves are piled high with a huge amount of imported produce all year round, it seems strange to think that my elderly p(...)

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