Children playing board games in The Ark, Eustace Street, D2. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A few months ago my nephew Stanley challenged me to a game of Connect Four. I let him win, of course; I don’t get to see Stanley very often because he(...)

A scene from the ‘Dublin Apocalypse’ manuscript. Photograph: Board of Trinity College Dublin

Medieval society was both fascinated and appalled by the prospect of the apocalypse as outlined in the Book of Revelations. The last, and one of the(...)

Lot: 170: Miss Dorothy Styles by Sir William Orpen, €45,276-€67,914, Sotheby’s

Forthcoming auctions Until January 21st: Morgan O’Driscoll Online Irish Art Auction, 251 works, including Basil Blackshaw, John Shinnors and Evie Ho(...)

Chester Beatty Library: Simurgh rescues Zal in an ink-and-gold illustration from the Iranian epic The Book of Kings. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

I have my hands behind my back in the reference section of the Chester Beatty Library, a pen in one of them. I am terrified that I will topple over an(...)

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(...)

The city was a magnet for the talented and desperate from all over the country and for enterprising immigrants like George Frideric Handel.   Artwork: Painting by Thom; Photograph by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

Dwarfing every other town and city in Britain, it was the greatest metropolis in Europe, richer and more populous than Paris, Naples or Amsterdam. The(...)

Liam Flynn: The Irish Arts Review has called him “one of the world’s most innovative and creative woodturners”

Liam Flynn was one of Ireland’s most respected craftspeople and an artist of international repute. Woodturned vessels of his are held in the permanent(...)

Susie Bioletti, Keeper, preservation and  conservation, Trinity College Dublin in the Long Room with Peter Keegan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch viewing the Book of Dimma, the Book of Garland of Howth and the Book of Mulling.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

We have all heard of the heroic role Irish monks played during Europe’s Dark Ages, preserving and copying the continent’s early literature. Less well(...)

The Beatles  entered their most creative phase in the second half of the 1960s: costumes used on the  cover of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” feature in the V&A exhibition. Photograph: BIPs/Getty Images

Pick your way past Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery and avert your gaze from Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear and y(...)

In the current referendum campaign, the more romantic advocates of leaving the EU look to the former empire as a better alternative to Europe, a diverse, global community with Britain at its centre. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The sumptuously restored European galleries at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum offer a splendid showcase for more than 1,100 objects from the muse(...)

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