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Virginia Teehan: ‘Now the profile of our heritage needs to be more prominent at a time of conflicting resources’

Virginia Teehan is “so happy for myself”. This might apply to her appointment as the new chief executive officer (CEO) for the Heritage Council on the(...)

For the main course, try a whole turbot. Photograph: iStock

Where do our Christmas traditions come from? How long have they been here? Can we make new ones or are we condemned to repeat our past food experience(...)

Martin Kelleher working on Kelleher’s Christmas Tree Farm, Brannockstown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Christmas tree farmer, Martin Kelleher says the part of growing Christmas trees he enjoys most is selling them to the public. From December 1st to 23r(...)

A late 19th-century American advertisement for Cocaine Toothache Drops promises “Instantaneous Cure!” (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

When cocaine was first lauded as an anaesthetic in the 1880s, its use as an ingredient in medicines and proprietary “tonics” quickly followed. And unt(...)

The Rocks of Bawn were famously unploughable. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As with the Cliffs of Dooneen, the whereabouts of the Rocks of Bawn are one of the great debating points of Irish balladry. They most often get attrib(...)

Having a beard seems to involve a lot of hassle for relatively little pay-off.  Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

For some years, style journalists have been speculating that that the beard is finished. Fads like this usually last a year or two, and given that the(...)

Andrew Workman: “Farmers in Ireland can produce flour that will make a great yeast loaf. It will be quite a bit denser than French or Italian bread, but it tastes great.” Photograph: James Forde

“I am currently growing 17 different varieties of grain that were once grown in Ireland, up until the 1930s,” says Fintan Keenan from Monaghan, about (...)

In 1903, Melville surprised newspaper readers and crime fans by announcing his retirement. In truth, he had been recruited by the War Office for the new intelligence gathering agencies which would become MI5 and MI6.

Like many Irish emigrants, parts of William Melville’s history are uncertain. Family lore, as recounted in the excellent research curator Helen O’Carr(...)

A computer-generated image of what the adjoining premises on Dawson Street owned by the Royal Irish Automobile Club and Tetrarch Capital would look like if the proposed €35m redevelopment goes ahead

The company behind the development of a 117-bedroom hotel on the site incorporating the Royal Irish Automobile Club (RIAC) on Dawson Street in Dublin (...)

The  Seabourn Quest at anchor in Killybegs, Co Donegal

There is a very, very large bouquet of flowers in the back of Elaine Quinn’s car, which is parked on the quayside at Killybegs in Co Donegal. She glan(...)

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