In the Beginning

Once upon a time… By Pádraig Ó Méalóid Once upon a time we would have written ‘Once upon a time’ as ONCEUPONATIME. But, because Ireland was never invaded by the Romans, we invented the space between words instead. And copyright. Sort of. This is not as crazy as it sounds. Christianity first reached Ireland in […]

Touring Tuesdays: Round Renvyle with Nigel Quinlan

This week Nigel Quinlan takes us into the wilds of Connemara… Drive vaguely and meanderingly northwest out of Galway city, following signs for Connemara or Clifden or Sheep On The Road or Invasive Species Do Not Eat. Through Oughterard with its pleasant riverside park on the far side, Maam Cross with a rather musty replica […]

Paint me a picture: Andrew Whitson

Andrew Whitson: Eclectic Fascinations By Oisin McGann Arguably Ireland’s most accomplished illustrator of Irish-language books, Andrew was born in Belfast, but moved to Scotland as a young child, then to Wales, before finally moving back to Belfast in time to start secondary school, where he started making money from art commissions. He achieved an Honours […]