Eighteen-month-old Eliza O’Brien from Shanagolden in Co Limerick arrived in Australia on board the Blundell along with her mother in 1851. Photograph: Jane Theau

Two and a half years ago Australian artist Jane Theau asked me to write a voiceover for an art exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary since th(...)

In a future world individual identity will no longer be defined in terms of any usefulness to society. Photograph: iStock

A few weeks ago, my friend the geneticist David McConnell wrote a stimulating article in these pages on the supposed chasm between science and religio(...)

Lot 144: a very rare Chinese rhinoceros horn carving of a figurine estimated at €20,000-€30,000

Two centuries before the late singer Dolores O’ Riordan became a star, Limerick had produced one of the world’s first global music celebrities. Cather(...)

Investors see reasons more directly linked to oil’s output behind the surge in crude buying by funds. Photograph: Reuters

Hedge funds have amassed the biggest ever bet on rising oil prices as investors back Opec’s supply cuts to tighten the crude market and seek protecti(...)

Left, The Adelphi Club, Belfast (1783), Joseph Wilson. Private collection

When Richard Robinson died in 1794, it was said that the former archbishop of Armagh had converted his see “from an unsightly crowd of mud cabins i(...)