NECROMANCING THE TRILBY They’re still missing. Vamoosed from churches, proclamations and espionage. In absentia from wardrobes and our mind-sets. There have been ruminations, rumblings and rumours about the return of the hat. Let’s hold a seancé for berets, boaters, bonnets and busbys, Call back to action the cloche, coronets and cowboys, Revisit the derby, dupatta … Continue reading RIP Hatwearing
The Dublin Mint Office, just announced The Flowing Hair Coin; the first dollar ever minted in the United States, will arrive in Dublin amongst heavy security to go on show to the public in the RDS, Dublin next weekend. The 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar is believed to be the first dollar coin ever to be … Continue reading First Dollar Ever Minted Is Coming to the RDS!
BOOK REVIEW In this video, I review Catherine Bailey's The Secret Rooms.
The bookies was dark and noisy as my grandmother led me in, the gold on her wrist as yellow as Spanish Armada treasure. The cigarette smoke whirled around my little blonde curls. It was lunchtime on my second birthday, and the 145th Grand National was just about to be run. My grandmother hoisted me onto … Continue reading A Toddler and the Grand National
Ever since Ptolemy mentioned Eblana polis in 140 AD, there has been a settlement in Dublin. A city with such a long lifespan is bound to have a few cantankerous spirits, so here's our list of the top ten ghosts in Dublin and where you might find them. 1. Darkey Kelly – The Green Woman Darkey … Continue reading Want to Have a Pint With Robert Emmet? – Top Ten Dublin Ghosts
Struggling for gift ideas for the person in your life who has everything? Or perhaps you want to spend the unusually long Christmas break doing more than rekindling your knowledge of Eastenders and walking the dog? Tis also the season for great country pursuits, from deer stalking to shooting and falconry. Diary of Dionysus have done … Continue reading Country Pursuits in Ireland Over Christmas
There are two ways to wear tartan. If you are living a punk renaissance, listen to the Distillers, have crafted yourself a cerise Mohawk and while away Saturday afternoons at Camden lock tartan can go a long way towards completing your look. Alternatively, tartan can be worn to adopt a regal mantle, such as Kate … Continue reading Clash of the Tartans
“For a nation that suffers from such unreliable summer, Ireland has a remarkably rich and glorious calendar of sports...and that does not even include dipping into Les Musts, the classics of the British season. “The long, theoretically golden, summers will kick off this week with the Epsom Derby. It will hip hop across the channel … Continue reading It’s Classic time – The Irish Jet Set of 1989
If you're lucky enough to have a few days off during the week, why not head down to see justice being administered in public? Most court cases are held in public (family hearings are usually In Camera), and a quick look at the legal diary will let you know what's coming up. 'The Thirteenth Juror' was … Continue reading Courting Entertainment