Brian Keogh: “It took about three months for the water to go down.”  Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

‘As soon as the water went down, I gave the boat back’

 Margaretta D’Arcy is released from Mountjoy prison, in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

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‘Nobody could disagree with the fact that the three charities the Belvedere Sleepout support are worthy recipients. But what was appropriate 31 years ago as a charity endeavour is surely now outdated.’ Above, a man lights a candle outside at the doorway in Molesworth Street where Jonathan  Corrie  was found dead. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘These students give up their time to support a cause they believe in, which is admirable’

Little Women: the March sisters have to donate their Christmas breakfast to a nonplussed German-speaking family of seven children and their mother. Photograph: B Anthony Stewart/National Geographic/Getty Images

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The TV show Little House on the Prairie. Photograph: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Fans of Wilder’s Little House books will treasure her autobiography, which illuminates the stories and spares no details of the pi(...)

Micheline Sheehy Skeffington: the botanist will use her €70,000 award to help the five other women who were also shortlisted for promotion with her but got no further in the process. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The academic has won a landmark Equality Tribunal case against her former employer, NUI Galway, for discrimination in not promotin(...)

Adrienne MacCarthy outside her pub in Castletownbere, Co Cork; and the cover of Peter McCarthy’s book. Main photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Ten years after the death of English writer Pete McCarthy, tourists continue to pour in to the Castletownbere pub made famous by h(...)

Kay Moloney Caball in the Kerry County Library in Tralee. ‘I had never heard of the Earl Grey Scheme until a few years ago.’ Photograph: Domnick Walsh

‘They lived in the bush or went to the goldmines’: the Earl Grey scheme saw 4,000 destitute Irish girls, including 117 from Kerry,(...)

Joe Millar Who volunteered for the Irish Red Cross in 1945 (centre) pictured with other volunteers from left to right Jane Ronan, Cormac McGinn, Emma Gannon, Andrew Patton, Paraic McGahey, Lea Pepper and Barbara Cole. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Red Cross is marking its 75th anniversary this year. It is part of a huge international organisation that provides human(...)

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