Vincent Prince  as Prince Prospero in The Masque of the Red Death.

“The ‘Red Death’ had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous,” runs the opening line of Edgar Allan Poe’s spo(...)

Evening in Spring, Jack B Yeats, €500,000-€700,000, Whyte’s and Christie’s Ernie O’Malley Collection sale

Over the coming weeks, 11 paintings by Jack B Yeats, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed artists, will fly between London and Dublin in advance of three u(...)

Nasa image of the planet Mercury. File photograph: NasaAFP/Getty Images

An Irish scientist has succeeded in his bid to name one of the planet Mercury’s most prominent features as Gaeilge. Dr Paul Byrne, a planetary s(...)

President Michael D Higgins has spoken of the responsibilities of Irish people during the current decade of centenaries. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

People have a responsibility during the current decade of centenaries to “remember generously rather than narrowly”, President Michael D Higgins said (...)

Leaders confirmed they would advocate a return to power for the Coalition. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton have confirmed there will be no Mullingar Accord-type agreement in advance of the general election. The(...)

Ministers Michael Noonan and Alex White prior to the final Cabinet meeting at Lissadell House, Sligo before the summer recess. Photograph: The Irish Times

As the Cabinet met in the serene setting of Lissadell House in Sligo on Wednesday for the last time before the summer recess, an oft-repeated quote ca(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the meeting of the Conseil Economique, Social et Environmental in Paris with former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins took a holistic approach to climate change in his first major address on the subject, arguing that the great challenges(...)

Correspondence between French diplomats strongly suggests the complete remains of WB Yeats were not returned. Photograph: Getty Images

The French diplomat who was dispatched to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin to locate the remains of William Butler Yeats nine years after the poet’s death report(...)

Tumult: rebel prisoners in Dublin after the Easter Rising of 1916. Photograph: Photo12/UIG via Getty

In 1886, at the age of 21, Willie Yeats published a two-part essay on the poet Samuel Ferguson, who had recently died. Yeats declared of Ferguson, aut(...)

Creative power: WB Yeats as a young poet. Photograph: Bain/Library of Congress

Many years ago I gave a lecture at Queen’s University Belfast on a theme I have long since forgotten. After the lecture Prof Singh of the Italian dep(...)

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