Monsignor James Horan, of Knock, and the Minister for Transport, Mr Reynolds, having a chat during the ceremony at Barnacoogne  site of the new Co Mayo airport. Photograph: Jack McManus

Published: May 4th, 1981. Photograph by Jack McManus

Finishing touches: interiors company Neptune can help spruce up the guest room

Design round-up: Irish watches, 1950s style, hot glass and revamped antiques

Enda O’Doherty and Maurice Earls: The editors of the Dublin Review of Books have put some of the best pieces together in a new anthology. “It’s really a sliver. We wanted to represent the range of subjects that we’ve covered.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘We love print’, the editors say, but that hasn’t stopped the Dublin Review of Books from thriving online

Published: September 19th, 1986. Photograph by Paddy Whelan

The bar with sparkling carpet at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud on Merrion Street in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

From floral art to stylish pottery, the holiday season is awash with colour and comfort

Conor Brady: says A Hunt in Winter is loosely based on a murder in Rathmines. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The ‘Irish Times’ editor turned novelist has used skills he picked up as a cub reporter to enrich his trilogy of Joe Swallow histo(...)

The boathouse in Galway Bay. Photograph  David Ruffles

Sea views are a given, an immense old wall a challenge in this authentic conversion

Published: September 22nd, 1955

Published: July 7th, 1989

Christmas on the Square: Houses on Merrion Square open their doors to the public on November 26th

The Miele massive sale, upcycled gems, Merrion Square open doors, bedroom inspiration and seeking eclectic collectibles

Mike O’Shea and  Anthony O’Shea working to reinstate  the Landmark Cross on Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Photographer Valerie O’Sullivan captures daily life on the Iveragh Peninsula

Aldi copper cookware

Sean Scully at the White House, copper cookware at Aldi, a home show in Mayo and pottery on the coast

Lord Rosse with saplings in front of a coast redwood  in Birr Castle Demesne. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It may sound like a mad idea – but is far from it, says the earl of Rosse, Brendan Parsons

Published: November 13th, 1991Photograph by Frank Miller

Joo Won Kang in rehearsal for “Maria de Rudenz” by Gaetano Donizetti at the 65th Wexford Festival Opera. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Arminta Wallace gets a peek at the action behind the scenes at Wexford Festival Opera

Retired cooper  Jack Moore outside the disused distillery that was transformed into the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Published: May 16th, 1987. Photograph by Peter Thursfield

A drawing from the “House and Home” exhibition coming up at the Irish Architectural Archive in Dublin

Barn style in a cafe, candles in jars and houses in an archive

Earl of Wicklow who opened the first exhibition in Dublin of Epstein drawings in the Little Theatre of Brown Thomas. Photograph: Kevin McMahon/The Irish Times

Published: August 30th, 1960. Photograph by Kevin McMahon

Looking Back by Eric Luke: West of Ireland, 1980s

A new book by the veteran Irish Times snapper gathers together four decades of images

Pat McCabe: “When I wrote ‘The Butcher Boy’, nothing had happened in Clones for 100 years. The story was 100 years old, and people still spoke in low tones about it. Now entire families get wiped out, and it’s gone.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Like a ‘ride through a dark carnival’, Francie Brady returns in Pat McCabe’s new play

At the opening of the Sutton driving range were Mr J Doran, Mr Doug Henderson and Christy O’Connor. Photograph: Gordon Standing.

Published: December 4th, 1962. Photograph by Gordon Standing

Author Michael Harding  at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Irish Times columnist’s books, weekly articles and live shows have the makings of a new literary genre: interactive tragi-come(...)

British writer and historian Jan Morris, at her home near the village of Llanystumdwy in Gwynedd, north Wales, in 2007. Morris has had a long and distinguished career as a journalist and writer and published more than 30 books. Photograph: Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images

James Morris, born 90 years ago this weekend, lived a life of extraordinary manliness before undergoing gender reassignment in 19(...)

The  sculpted head of Gay Byrne at the  pond in his back garden

Published: May 2nd, 1990 Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Peggy Seeger, who will sing the songs of Ewan MacColl at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on October 11th

The only time she heard Ewan MacColl sing The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face was on the phone but a recording apparently exists. (...)

1990 - 21/09/1990 - page 3 - The Sinner Courtney: actor Jim Norton at a photocall yesterday for “The Bread Man”, a new play by Frank McGuinness, which opens at the Gate Theatre, on October 2nd. Photograph: Frank Miller / THE IRISH TIMES . . . neg no 90/9/177

Published: September 21st, 1990. Photograph by Frank Miller

Spirits  of Meath Halloween Festival, which includes more than  37 spooky events and family  fun from October 16th to November  1st. Photograph: Barry Cronin

‘Shoulder season festivals’ are coming into bloom, bringing colour, vibrancy and some much-needed cash to towns across Ireland

The Headless Horseman at the Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Summer’s over, but ‘shoulder season’ festivals are just coming into bloom

Benny Lewis: ‘Language learning would be where you study grammar and you study tables of vocab. You do an exam, and maybe after a few years you might be able to get by in the language. Language hacking, on the other hand, gets you speaking from day one’

A Cavan man who speaks 11 languages and is known as ‘the Irish polyglot’ has devised a new way of becoming multilingual

Published: August 4th, 1989. Photograph by Paddy Whelan

Shelly McNamara and Yvonne Farrell, of Grafton Architects, at their office in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For Yvonne Farrell and Shelly McNamara of Grafton Architects, good design is about making a community

Penny Arcade’s ‘Longing Lasts Longer’ is a kick-ass rejection of consumerism, celebrity culture and cupcakes

'Hope Hunt'/'Wrongheaded' double bill dissects effects of patriarchy as 'Megalomaniac' shows vaulting ambition

Interior view of Clerys & Co department shop in 1965. Photograph: Dermot Barry

Published: October 8th, 1965. Photograph by Dermot Barry

Published: October 11th, 1967. Photograph by Dermot Barry

For Roald Dahl, language was a bendy business, including inventing an entire vocabulary, gobblefunk, for his Big Friendly Giant. Illustration: Quentin Blake courtesy of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate

From whiffswiddle to frobscottle, the author invented almost 400 new words, not to mention a host of characters, places and foods.(...)

Ian McEwan: “Things always seem to be getting worse. But we’re probably wrong about that.” Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

The English writer’s 17th novel is narrated by an unborn baby. Is it a prequel to Hamlet?

Published: May 15th, 1992. Photograph by Frank Miller

Published: March 15th, 1995. Photograph by Pat Langan

If you like to commune with the ghosts of the famous in haunting surroundings, Ireland has enough burial places to last you a life(...)

Published: January 24th, 1984Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Photograph: Jack MacManus

Published: July 13th, 1988. Photograph by Jack McManus

Oonagh Young, whose  Tree Line Project will help transform  James Joyce Street, Dublin 1. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Seven new projects have been chosen for their ambitious nature and public involvement

The VR documentary Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel

Guth Gafa festival is using VR headsets to offer documentaries with a difference, taking viewers into battle, into wheelchairs a(...)

Beach buggy: Driving on Dollymount Strand on a sunny day. Photograph: Tom Lawlor / The Irish Times

Published: July 12th, 1977; Photograph by Tom Lawlor

Photograph by Eddie Kelly, published 1954

The opening of Library Park, New Ross, Co Wexford, are (from left): Sophie Conroy, Ruby Reynolds and Sarah Conroy. Photograph: Mary Browne

Apartments built in the 1970s have given way to a new a public park in New Ross

1961 - The Dublin Airport “train” was kept busy  taking visitors around points of interest. Photographer: Dermot Barry

Photograph by Dermot Barry, April 4th, 1961

Patrick Moore, director at the  Armagh Planetarium, and  Brian Lenihan, Minister for Education, at the scientific exhibition in Birr celebrating the centenary of the great telescope which was, in its day, the largest in the world. Photograph: Gordon Standing / The Irish Times

Photograph by Gordon Standing, February 29th, 1968

Beverly handbags being made in  O’Rahilly Hall, Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea/The Irish Times

Published: November 30th, 1966 photograph by Dermot O’Shea

Large-format children’s book offers an inspiring way to get back to nature

Published: October 29th, 1977. Photograph by Tom Lawlor

Charlotte Wood: the novel “has struck a big note I didn’t know it was going to strike [in Australia]”. Photograph: Wendy McDougall

The greatest shock of the Australian writer’s new novel about a misogynistic dystopia is that it is based on a real girls’ home fr(...)

Dr Roy Plevey from the School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham, performs an experiment with liquid nitrogen during the science exhibition at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Published: November 11th, 1999; Photograph by Paddy Whelan

Bailey, who grew up in London, would compile long mental lists of all the things she thought she had done wrong every day, from spreading disease to being a sexual pervert to killing people.

One in every 33-50 people is affected by obsessive compulsive disorder. Lily Bailey's sinister alter ego convinced her she was a s(...)

Lord Mountcharles at the Fine Gaul selection convention in Kill , Co Kildare, where he failed narrowly in an attempt to secure a party nomination for the Leinster constituency in the European Parliament elections. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times

Published: March 12th, 1984. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Mike McCormack: “My early books were full of young men going stone mad, full of violence, with a soundtrack of Scandinavian death metal. Now I’m listening to Hank Williams”

In his novel Solar Bones, McCormack has written an expansive tale about a ghost, which is also a ‘hymn to engineers’

Eamon de Valera follows Princess Caroline, daughter of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. Photograph: Dermot Barry / The Irish Times

Published: August 31st, 1963. Photograph by Dermot Barry

Eamonn McCann being removed from the stage of the Peacock Theatre, Dublin, during a protest about the revue, “A State of Chassis.” Centre stage is Martin Dempsey, the actor, while on McCann’s right is Tomas MacAnna, one of the revue’s authors. Photograph: Tommy Collins/The Irish Times.

Published: September 17th, 1970Photograph by Tommy Collins

Mia Gallagher: “The imagination is a way of getting away from things that might be tough in reality.” Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

It has taken 10 years for Mia Gallagher to follow up her debut novel, but the almost labyrinthine Beautiful Pictures of the Lost H(...)

Victory Rose and Premoition arrive at Dublin airport for the 1953 Irish Derby

Photograph published: June 22nd, 1953

Restoration work on the Ruzbihan Koran. Copyright: the trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

A copper-bearing pigment was burning through the 890-page 16th-century Koran, but the manuscript has been saved and is on display (...)

Edna O’Brien with director John McColgan, who presented her with a framed portrait before the tribute performance for her at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin last night. Photographs: Dave Meehan

Gathering in Dublin includes Paddy Moloney, Michael Longley and Olivia O’Leary

Mathew Nugent (left) from Cabra, Dublin, and Martin Currey from Perth, Western Australia, viewing gold necklace beads at the National Museum, Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The Times We Lived In: Photograph by Paddy Whelan, published July 19th, 2001

Easter 1916: part of David Rooney’s illustration of Edward Daly

Artist David Rooney explains the poster published with this weekend’s ‘Irish Times’

On the doorsteps: census enumerator Ciarán Lynam with local resident Ahmed Atiya. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Census 2016 takes place next weekend. The operation to deliver forms to more than two million homes across Ireland has a logistica(...)

Gate opening: Rosaleen Linehan and Jacinta Whyte in Mary Makebelieve which was playing at the Gate. Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

Published: February 23rd, 1993. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Rail worker Thomas McGlue with his shovel fixing the tram line, with two crew members. Photograph: Jack McManus / The Irish Times

Published: May 30th, 1956. Photograph by Jack McManus

Photograph: Gordon Standing

Published: July 3rd, 1964. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Published: June 21st, 1984. Photograph: Jack McManus

Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Published: November 29th, 2001. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Terry Wogan, director of Century Radio, the country’s first national independent radio station, arriving  for a lunch at the Century Pavilion, St Audoen’s Park, High Street, Dublin, to mark the station’s first day on the air. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Published on September 5th, 1989, The Times We Lived In remembers Terry Wogan

Lizzie Burns, an illiterate Irish woman who married Engels shortly before her death

Gavin McCrea’s research into the elusive, illiterate Lizzie Burns is now a historical novel

Dr. Huiyi Bao, Lecturer, Department of English, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. PhD., School of English, Drama & Film, University College

A young Chinese poet delighted by the contemporary Irish poetry scene.

Start planning this year’s holidays and weekends away in Ireland with our guide to the best arts events and festivals throughout t(...)

Emma Donoghue

The Easter Rising centenary is about to unleash a volley of history titles, but there are some blistering stories from fiction’s b(...)

Sunjeev Sahota, author of The Year Of The Runaways, one of six books that shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015.

In this noisy world you gotta stop and pay attention – or you’ll miss all the best stuff

Thirty-three Army cadets seen after receiving their commissions from the Minister for Defence at the time,  Michael Noonan, at the Curragh. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

Published: May 3rd, 1988. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Ian Rankin: “Rebus and Cafferty are a couple of dinosaurs, aren’t they? The last of their kind”

What will become of the retired detective and his nemesis, Big Ger Cafferty. Will they fall into friendship or kill each other? No(...)

The Minister for Health Dr Rory O’Hanlon, taking full advanrage of a conducted tour of the Department of the Elderly extension at St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, Co Dublin, after he officially opened the building with Councillor Austin Groome, Chairman, eastern Health Board. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Published: May 1st, 1989. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Patrick deWitt in Dublin: “I think of The Ginger Man as being one of my favourite books, and I read it at a young age. My father gave it to me. But in terms of influencing this book, I think I had in my mind The Onion Eaters.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Man Booker shortlist author on the joys of Portland, writing modern fairytales, his next project, and why he felt he had no ch(...)

The Palestrina Choir’s Christmas rehearsals in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The diverse members of the Palestrina children’s choirs in Dublin might have the voices of angels, but there’s devilment there too(...)

Crowds at O’Connell Street, Dublin, doing their Christmas shopping in  1959. Photograph: Dermot Barry

Published: December 19th, 1959. Photograph by Dermot Barry

‘Famine Folios’ authors Robert Smart (‘Black Roads’), L Perry Curtis jnr (‘Notice to Quit’), Michael Foley (‘Death in Every Paragraph’) and Gearoid Ó Tuathaigh (‘I mBeal an Bhais’). Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘Famine Folios’ aims to see national calamity afresh through 21st-century eyes

Aleksandar Hemon: “The damage [of the Bush years] just immeasurable. The destruction is enormous.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Interview: The Bosnian-American writer’s new novel is a comedy with tragedy at its heart: the main characters have all been destro(...)

 Donal Ryan:  “I spent 10 years thinking more than writing, and then thinking what I was writing. Deleting every sentence and writing it over and over again . . .” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

A new short story collection, ‘A Slanting of the Sun’, brings us back to the setting of his novels

Hopscotch opens with Fannin in Low Babies with her four-year-old peers at school in Howth, learning to sing There’s a Hole in My Bucket, and worrying about not being able to purl, and whether God can see her in the toilet. Photograph: Alan Betson

The one person Hilary Fannin worried about when writing her memoir was her mother

Patricia Bardon: “I love all music. I like jazz in the background when I’m making dinner, or whatever. I love Nina Simone. I love Adele and Amy Winehouse.” Photograph: Frances Marshall

Interview: Bardon, a Led Zeppelin fan who came to opera late, is home in Dublin for Mahler’s Resurrection symphony

Trees and sky near Lough Ennell, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Published: March 3rd, 1989. Photograph by Paddy Whelan

How does your body respond to music? And how does society respond to that? Emma Martin has a few answers

Justin Cartwright: “That’s South Africa for you. On the one hand, it is this idyllic place; and on the other, there is this terrible risk.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Justin Cartwright’s new book starts off swooning over the idyllic side of South Africa before taking in the awful history of murde(...)

Victim impact: Colum McCann called for his attacker to  be spared prison. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A vicious attack outside a Connecticut hotel left the Irish novelist not only needing new teeth but also facing a dilemma about hi(...)

How hard can learning one bit of a sonnet be? And shouldn’t watching it make for terrible theatre? Well pull up a chair so

 It Folds, at the Dublin Tiger Fringe festival, is poignant and funny, telling the story of a group of strangers brought together to perform a series of physical tasks, texts and songs. It’s at the Peacock on Sep 7th-12th at  7pm

Dublin’s Fringe is a two-week festival packed with plays, concerts, dance and other performances. Where do you start? Right here (...)

1952 - Micheal Mac Liammoir in the Gate Theatre production of Anouilh's Ring Around the Moon in which he played both Hugo and Frederick.   Copyright RTE

Published: December 22nd, 1952. Photograph: Dermot Barry

Hannah (5) Moloney with her mother Siobhan Molony from Kilmainham browsing some Oil Paintings by Artist Paul Ryan during the weekly Sunday display by various artists of thier Art on Dublins Merrion Square. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

A street party will mark the anniversary of its opening, with music and family activities

The new Stieg Larsson: David Lagercrantz, author of The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Photograph: Moa Karlberg/New York Times

David Lagercrantz is a household name in Sweden, thanks to his biography of the soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But now he’s set t(...)

Published: March 29th, 1987 Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Pasta carbonara, the Cooks Academy way

Away from home for the first time, with little money, little time and lots of brain to feed? Start here . . .

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