William Smith

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Father Mathew, ironically for a temperance campaigner, is legless. Or at least, having given him a full-length priest’s robe, the sculptor did not feel the need to supply any leg detail.

Walking down Dublin’s O’Connell Street the other day, I noticed something about which Myles na gCopaleen, formerly of this parish, used to complain. (...)

An account of the first UFO sighting in Ireland, 1679 (€1,750)

The first documented report of a UFO,or flying saucer, in the United States was in 1947 when entrepreneur Kenneth Arnold claimed to see a group of nin(...)

Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, with the chair of the Remembering Edward Bransfield Committee, Jim Wilson, at the unveiling of a monument to Bransfield in his  home village of Ballinacurra in East Cork. Photograph: Barry Roche

Edward Bransfield, the pioneering Irish polar explorer and the first person to officially record discovering Antarctica, has been honoured with the un(...)

Janet Moran in 'A Holy Show'

It’s here, starting tonight, in venues (and on the streets and on a bus and wherever you’re having yourself) across Dublin. The enormous, varied, chal(...)

The Illustrated London News depicts the fire in the Liberties in 1875. Photograph: Illustrated London News/ South Dublin County Council Digital Library

At William Smith’s inquest, his father, James, spoke to confirm he was a labourer, unmarried and 21 years old when he died. That was on Tuesday eveni(...)