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A racy title from 1538

Ireland’s oldest public library, Marsh’s, has never been in the business of lending books. Since it first opened, in 1707, scholars have had to do the(...)

John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough: his main crime in Swift’s eyes was having enriched himself on the public purse

A certain Joycean masterpiece aside, today’s literary anniversaries also include the death of one John Churchill, aka the Duke of Marlborough, after w(...)

'Molly’s is a very traditional pub, and one of our strengths is that we don’t change'

In some New York neighbourhoods every other bar seems to be either Irish-themed or Irish-owned. In a city that remains the spiritual home of the Great(...)

Amanda Bell, author of The Lost Book, and Jason McElligott, library keeper of Marsh’s Library, Dublin. They are looking at the Galeni Librorum, a rare book that went missing from the library, which is at the heart of Bell’s story. Photograph: Alan Betson

Once upon a time, a man wandered into a junk shop and found a dusty, battered book with a strange diamond pattern on the front. Inside, the pages were(...)

Think we’ve missed any important quotes? Let us know by submitting your suggestions here and we will publish a selection of the best 1(...)

The Boora Pyramid at Lough Boora Discovery Park, Co Offaly.
Family walks for Christmas
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Often, I am asked my favourite season for exploring the countryside. Most expect it will be spring or autumn, but actually it’s Christmastime that doe(...)

From A Series of Eight Sketches in Colour, together with a Chart of the Route of the Voyage of HMS Investigator during the Discovery of the North West Passage by Capt Samuel Gurney Cresswell

The first printing of Shakespeare’s collected works outside England took place in Dublin in 1726. Now, 290 years, later a set of all eight volumes is (...)

Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan’s renovated cottage at Arden, Milltown, Co. Cavan. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

What makes an area great? Apart from obvious geographies and proximities, how come homes in some postcodes and counties cost more than others? Obviou(...)

Leonard Nimoy as Spock in “Star Trek”

It is apt that Star Trek should be celebrating its 50th birthday this year, alongside certain other anniversaries that have been heavily commemorated (...)

An archaeological excavation at the Hellfire Club in the Dublin mountains has uncovered what is believed to be an ancient passage tomb. Photograph: Abarta Heritage

An archaeological excavation at the Hellfire Club - the popular Dublin viewing spot on Montpelier Hill in the Dublin mountains - has uncovered what is(...)

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