solving an art historical mystery, in the old Library Trinity College Long Room

Look at this bust of the great Roman orator, statesman, and lawyer, Marcus Tullius Cicero. It’s by the Flemish sculptor Peter Scheemakers (1691-1781) who in the 18th century was commissioned by Trinity College to carve the first 14 figures for their collection of marble sculpture busts featuring famous thinkers for the old library of Trinity College.… Read More solving an art historical mystery, in the old Library Trinity College Long Room

Stalking the pages of history

Originally posted on Calmgrove:
Agostino Steffani Donna Leon The Jewels of Paradise Arrow Books 2013 (2012) Biographers are akin to stalkers: they remorselessly research the background to their victims, obsessively familiarise themselves with their subjects’ feats and foibles, and lurk around in their vicinity hoping to pick up tidbits of information to feed their fascination. So…

The Edward Worth Library: a Treasure Trove of Maths

a great piece by an old family friend, the mathematician Peter Lynch, on one of my favourite places in Dublin, which we visit every year, the Edward Worth Library.  Enjoy this!   “Infinite Riches in a Little Room.  Christopher Marlowe. The Edward Worth Library may be unknown to many readers. Housed in Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin,… Read More The Edward Worth Library: a Treasure Trove of Maths

Notes on a lecture – “High Treason” The background to the Casement painting by John Lavery

Originally posted on Broadsides:
Please note these are lecture notes designed for an illustrated lecture.  Not all the images used in the lecture are included in the notes and therefore the prose may appear a bit clunky at times.  The notes are probably more useful for delivery of the lecture than a straightforward read!    In the early months of…

Creating History – our second tour now also booked out, sorry!

Please note that due to demand our our second and final tour date is now also booked out, sorry!  We do however strongly recommend people visit the Creating History exhibition at the NGI which closes January 15th (2017)  Admission is free. All details on the NGI website Creating History is a superb exhibition and is the… Read More Creating History – our second tour now also booked out, sorry!

Eamon de Valera, a Will to Power by Ronan Fanning.

What are we to make of Eamon de Valera? Incomparably he was the dominant figure of twentieth century Irish politics. Indeed he was the maker of modern Ireland, nation builder par excellence, a figure comparable with Gandhi or Nehru in India or with Washington in the United States. In a newly created state like Ireland,… Read More Eamon de Valera, a Will to Power by Ronan Fanning.

Family & kids’ events over Christmas & New Year festival

Fish and horses, lions and dragons, swords and stars and hidden miniature bicycles.  Temple Bar is packed with an extraordinary, often overlooked  world of decorative detail. The best way to explore  and discover it is to search the objects out yourself, armed with just a list of clues and a map.  Oh yes, That’s right:… Read More Family & kids’ events over Christmas & New Year festival

South City Stroll- a Dublin Decoded mystery tour, Wed 26th Oct.

There are 6 or 7 tickets left for our next Dublin history and architecture walk which takes place very soon,  afternoon of Wednesday 26th October (2016). It starts 2.15pm, meeting at the Campanile of Trinity College. (Meet from 2.05PM, please present tickets, walk departs 2.15 sharp.)   The tour goes for around 1 hour and 45… Read More South City Stroll- a Dublin Decoded mystery tour, Wed 26th Oct.