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Famous eccentric John (‘Jacky’) Barrett, who spent most of his life in Trinity College Dublin.

Universities probably have more than their fair share of eccentrics, one of whom was John (also known as “Jacky”) Barrett, who spent most of his life (...)

The portrait of Gulliver’s Travels author Jonathan Swift by Irish artist Francis Bindon dates back to 1735

An 18th-century portrait of writer Jonathan Swift was sold to an Irish buyer on the first day of the Howth Castle Auction. The auction of the content(...)

Denis Donoghue: the late academic was the Yeats Summer School’s first director. Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell8

Denis Donoghue Born: December 1st, 1928 Died: April 6th, 2021 Denis Donoghue, who has died aged 92, was one of the world’s foremost scholars of moder(...)

The Phoenix Park’s “Citadel Pond” owes its origins to the water-filled moat that used to surround a vast construction known variously as the “Citadel”, “Star Fort”, and “Wharton’s Folly”

In both name and nature, the Phoenix Park’s “Citadel Pond” may be the last vestige of one of the greatest white-elephant construction projects in the (...)

 The Duchess of Sussex can be considered a Tadhgeen. Photograph: Jeremy Selwyn/PA

Further to our discussion of the male name’s revival in popularity (Diary, March 24th), I don’t know if there are any female Tadhgs out there too. If (...)

Elizabeth Maconchy: pioneering composer. Photograph: British Music Collection/University of Huddersfield

Although she spent most of her life in a country where today is known as “Boxing Day”, the composer Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994) betrayed her origin(...)

Interior of Coventry Cathedral. Photograph:  Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

We live in challenging times. The uncertainties hanging over our hopes and expectations for Christmas are difficult for many to manage. However, it is(...)

The two ancient pillars at the entrance to Kevin Street Garda station. Photograph: Sara Freund

The centuries-old buildings at Kevin Street in Dublin occupied for many years by the Garda Síochána are to be saved for future generations. After man(...)

Sopwell Hall Estate,  Co Tipperary.

“A piece of heaven,” is how Michael Ramsden describes his home of 35 years. “You cannot hear a thing at night, there is no sound, light or air polluti(...)

Macnas, whose parades are a core part of their work, receive this year’s special tribute award. Photograph: Brian Arthur

There should have been applause. There should have been cheers. There should have been hugs and kisses and jokes and a few convivial jars after. Inste(...)

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