Lot 304; A rare and early photograph of the Moon signed by Prof Henry Draper 1863 (€7,000–€11,000)

 A chance meeting at the British Association of the Advancement of Science held in Dublin in August 1857, sparked the beginning of an amateur alb(...)

Between 1845 and 1917, the Leviathan was the largest telescope in the world

Walking through the grounds of Birr Castle en route to Ireland’s newest and largest telescope, ILofar, is an unusual experience. After passing through(...)

Students Oian MacMichael (left) and Luis Alberto Canizares walk through the I-LOFAR  in the grounds of Birr Castle in Co Offaly.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Birr Castle’s status as a world-class place for astronomy research has been restored with the opening of the Irish Low Frequency Array Radio Telescope(...)

Eileen Gray: a Modernist master

It’s that time of year again when shamrockery, Guinness and “Kiss me I’m Irish” hats come to the fore in presenting a particular image of “Irishness” (...)

For a small nation, we've plenty to boast about

CONNACHT Galway Galway has always been a hub for visitors, notably including Christopher Columbus, who pitched up in 1477 and is thought to have atte(...)

RTÉ is to make a follow-up to its Easter Rising-themed TV drama Rebellion (above). File photograph: RTÉ

RTÉ is to make a follow-up to its Easter Rising-themed TV drama Rebellion. Rebellion: Two States will be set in the War of Independence, and the dra(...)

Dust Defying Gravity (2004) from the exhibition 3 Different Nights Recurring by Grace Weir. Courtesy of the artist

‘When I hear the word ‘science’,” says Grace Weir, “it’s like hearing the word ‘art’. Are you thinking of opera, contemporary, abstract, theatre?” It(...)

If the dead could speak they would point their skeletal fingers at the rather corpulent figure who sent them to their doom. The Sinn Féin propaganda l(...)

William Parsons  discerned the spiral structure of the M51 nebula, which the Hubble space telescope has photographed the nebula in detail (above). Photograph: ESA/Hubble

In March and April 1845 William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, together with his collaborators, made the greatest scientific discovery in the history (...)

A proton-proton collision at the Cern particle collider. John Bell had a stellar physics career at the physics research centre and laboratory in Geneva, where he was officially focused on particle physics. Photograph: AP Photo/Cern

The island of Ireland might be known, to those wearing emerald-tinted glasses, as the land of saints and scholars, but isn’t it curious that in the(...)

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