Jules Verne

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Tánaiste Joan Burton addresses the Labour Party conference: overall, her muted message suited the bland and unthreatening conference slogan: “Standing up for Ireland’s future.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Five years ago, members of the Labour Party voted overwhelmingly to go into coalition with Fine Gael. They searched their souls, looked into their h(...)

Justin Slattery drives Azzam through a wave in the Southern Ocean. Photograph: Matt Knighton/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images

This is it, the legendary Southern Ocean that has been the hallmark of the Volvo Ocean Race and Whitbreads before it. All six boats are now deep and a(...)

Clockwise from main, the Caribbean bath ad (1973); an ad for Wondermash, a kind of piped concentrated mashed potato, from the same magazine; an ad for a Chin Strap (1948); and an ad for a Formica kitchen (1965)

One of the most fascinating ways social history becomes visible over time is through printed advertising. Ads capture the zeitgeist. They reflect w(...)

John Philip Holland - inventor of the submarine

Take a former Christian Brother with a passion for Jules Verne, the Fenian Brotherhood’s passion for an independent Ireland, and the US navy’s passion(...)

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