Review team dispatch CCTV footage to top firm in UK in pursuit of ‘forensic enhancement’

 Mary McDonnell and her daughter Sinéad: “We love our daughter and are happy for her to be with us at home but, as carers, we are a community that has been taken for granted by the Government.”  Photograph: Daragh Mc  Sweeney/Provision

Mary and Denis McDonnell cannot get residential care for their disabled daughter

How service has improved life for family of 13-year-old boy with Down syndrome

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

Coral Collier, who has a mental health condition, epilepsy,  insomnia and mostly uses a wheelchair, spends most of her time with her iPad listening to music and watching cartoons. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A recent article on a family finding it hard to care for their child brought many responses

Rosita Boland with her haul of Christmas presents from charity shops. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Challenge: a budget of €50 to buy gifts for four people; Result: perfect presents for less than €24; Feeling: smug

A long existential primate zen moment at Dublin Zoo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

With a huge annual food budget and some picky eaters, the zoo must ensure its residents have an interesting menu

Johanne holds Siobhan who  cannot walk, is non-verbal, does not eat solid food, is doubly incontinent, and has only one kidney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

32-year-old Siobhan Powell can't walk, speak or eat solid food. Her exhausted, frustrated parents want to start a conversation abo(...)

Living Off Grid: Ilíocht O’Brien with his wife Harriet, children Merlin and Gwyddion in co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Our Power to the People series concludes as we run the rule over domestic renewables

 Maureen McGearty, at home in Ballivor, Co Meath,  remembers when electricity came to her home. She is pictured with the original oil lamps which were used  in the house. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In the 1950s, the Rural Electrification Scheme transformed the country

The first pole being erected at Kilsallaghan, Co Dublin, on November 5th, 1946. Photograph: ESB Archives

In our new series, we look at how people reacted to the arrival of electricity 70 years ago

Musician Rob Anderson  at the Black Rose Irish Pub, Boston. I  think of clichés when I think of Ireland: a  pub culture and a session every night.  Photograph: Kael Alford/Panos Pictures

Ireland: a land of 100m people where abortion is legal and Protestants are ‘devils’. We visit Boston to meet Irish-Americans whose(...)

Shock: Alan and Clodagh Hawe with Liam, Niall and Ryan. Photograph: Hawes and Coll families/PA Wire

Alan Hawe’s violent killing of his family and then himself has devastated the community that the family belonged to, in this most (...)

A women brings flowers to Castlerahan National School, Ballyjamesduff, Co  Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

State psychological services assisting teachers and students in Castlerahan and Oristown

People leaving St Mary’s Church, Castlerahan, Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Deep sense of shock in Co Cavan village where the Hawe family lived and died

Alarmed by his daughter’s daring endeavours in the air, Bland’s father promised to buy her a car if she would stop flying

Demonstrators protesting on Wednesday over the Angus Buchan - Together for Ireland event at The Hub at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

South African Pastor Angus Buchan: ‘If I love my wife, she will gladly submit to me’

“Nasty feedback has no place in a writing group, and neither does saying something is lovely.” Photograph: iStock

One west Cork writing group has had 108 publications. So why is group think so successful when it comes to literature?

This week’s Herstory on The Women’s Podcast is an Irish mathematician described by George Bernard Shaw as having “a literary style(...)

The aim behind Census of the Heart was to gather a series of snapshots of where people were in their emotional lives in 2016, and what those surveyed thought Ireland would be like in a century from now.

As forms were being dropped off and collected from households all over Ireland, a census of a different kind was circulating on (...)

This week’s Herstory on The Women’s Podcast is a Cumann na mBan member and friend of Dev

David McDermott at Bellmount House: “This experiment is not perfect, but it’s on the way to being perfect.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien 

The strange world of American artist David McDermott in his Mullingar mansion

This week’s Herstory on The Women’s Podcast is an 18th century Irish woman who first went onstage as a teenager

Playing Cards in front of Custom House, 1969. Photograph: Nutan

This new book by photographers Nutan and Yellow documents life almost 50 years ago

Fiona and John Connolly live  near Skibbereen, West Cork for almost two years. “I feel more at home here than I ever felt in France. Cork is marvellous.” Photograph: Emma Jervis

West Cork is home to the greatest concentration of British people living in Ireland. What do they think of Ireland – and Brexit? (...)

Keeping up with the Kardashians

Broadside: The celebrity family have an interesting message for young girls

Rosita Boland. Photograph: Dave Meehan

When I finally did, in my 30s, it was like magic

It’s all about the beach at Sunshine House, Balbriggan, where St Vincent de Paul host children for a week’s summer holiday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many of the young guests at St Vincent de Paul’s Sunshine House don’t know the regularity of three meals a day

Creative Lab: Glen McCormak with one of the drawings from his animation project. Photograph: Alan Betson

Axis Arts Centre hopes to inspire young Dubliners to follow a creative path to the likes of the National College of Art and Desig(...)

Sandra Flynn  and her daughter Jasmine in front of a patchwork quilt they had made from Kayleigh Flynn’s favourite clothes. Kayleigh, Sandra’s daughter, was 16 years old when she  died. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

More than 100 people drown each year in Ireland. Kayleigh Flynn drowned in 2009, at the age of 16. Her family tell her story and a(...)

Portfolio: Jack Niewiadomski, a photography student, has taken more than 1,000 photographs of St Ita’s, many of them eerie shots of furniture, bed screens and open windows in vast empty rooms

After we published an anonymous account of life in St Ita's psychiatric institution, a photographer and a doctor were among reader(...)

Family business: Danny Healy-Rae at Rae’s bar in Kilgarvan. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/NYT

Weekend Read: The brothers carved up Co Kerry and took the spoils of two Dáil seats. How did they do it? The voters in Healy-Rae K(...)

Happy not sad: Parisian schoolgirl wants to make the streets of Paris “happy again”

Girl wins a summer fellowship for PhD students to design a robot to paint street art

The RIA and Accenture are looking to increase the number of portraits of women by commissioning portraits of female scientists. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

There’s a severe dearth of women in portaits on Irish walls, and the Royal Irish Academy is doing its bit to redress the balance (...)

St Ita’s Hospital, Portrane, Co Dublin, 1993. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

This is the story of Gerald, from a fluent but sad letter dated September 1st, 1912. He was admitted on April 17th, 1901

Views of St Ita’s Hospital, Portrane, in 1985: patients in a corridor that had yet to be refurbished. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A clinician’s eye-opening observations about the facility, from the 1950s on, have come to light

“I often found myself wishing the time I had spent trying to grapple with Peig had been spent in Spanish classes.” Above, Peig Sayers

Rosita Boland: I do not like having my national identity pinned to a language I never use and cannot speak

Cliffs of Moher: one of Ireland's top tourist attractions. Photograph: Matjaz Boncina/Getty

Weekend Read: The Cliffs of Moher are now one of Ireland’s top attractions, but in 1964 the fields leading to them were almost sol(...)

Clare Ross in her home in Clontarf: “I liked the idea of having an income but not having to cook evening meals for people.” Photographs: Eric Luke

About 1,000 of Ireland’s 7,200 Airbnb hosts are in their 60s. Two such hosts, one from Clontarf and one from Mayo, reveal what led(...)

There Is 12 Billion Shoes in the World by Tomasz Lubczynski

The ‘In Sight’ project provided disposable cameras for 45 people living on streets.

A soldier’s life: a volley is fired over Edwward Keegan’s grave at his funeral, in 1938. Photograph: family collection

This newspaper dismissed Edward Keegan when he left his desk to fight in the Easter Rising. Now, to honour him, it has bought hi(...)

Impossibly photogenic: the Tiger’s Nest, or Taktsang Palphug, monastery, Bhutan’s most sacred site. Photograph: EyesWideOpen/Getty

Weekend Read: the tiny Himalayan country, which long ago decided to limit tourism, has decided it’s time to welcome more visitors.(...)

A  shop selling  calendars with the images of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. People in Rangoon did not foresee that her party would win by  such a huge and decisive majority. Photograph: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Military will not want to lose control of power regardless of people’s will

A mother waits: Neetu, aged 13, has been missing since October 2nd 2015 from outside her house  in Mayapuri, New Delhi, above. Photographs: Arkaprava Ghosh / Barcroft India via Getty Images and Natisha Mallick

Rosita Boland’s reports from India describe a country where children are kidnapped routinely, 27 women are killed every day, and 4(...)

The mother of missing girl Neetu (13) with another daughter in their one-room house in Mayapuri. Photograph: Natisha Mallick

You expect parents to be heartbroken if a daughter disappears, but in Delhi things are more complex, Rosita Boland writes in the s(...)

Rosita Boland. Photograph: Dave Meehan

At the MacGill Summer School in 2008 the playwright, a famously reluctant interviewee, finally agreed to talk to ‘The Irish Times(...)

There was a drama of sorts for the Aran Islands. Above, Inis Mór. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

With its crazy talk of flying cars and Jennifer Aniston’s broodiness, it seems Old Moore’s Almanac was on the gin when making its (...)

Kate Middleton on her wedding day. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

A recent exhibition at the city museum showcased the county’s rich history of lace. Well, if it’s good enough for Kate Middleton .(...)

Struggling: Kiltimagh’s main street. Photograph: Alan Betson

In 1989 ‘The Irish Times’ reported on Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, one of many towns then blighted by emigration. A boom and a bust later, (...)

If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday in luxurious surroundings, an upmarket river cruise could be the answer

 Queen Elizabeth II  is now the longest-reigning monarch in British history, overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s record by one day. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

There are a number of current European queens but, for most people here, there’s only one Queen to rule them all

There wasn’t much progress on the moon-mining front. (Above, a group of hikers are seen silhouetted against the moon in Tijuana, Mexico.) Photograph: Jorge Duenes/Reuters

Old Moore’s Almanac had a less than stellar August, as anyone eagerly awaiting a heatwave in Ireland can attest

What’s your least favourite piece of public art? Is it the mad moons on sticks near Kinnegad? the semi- submerged violin near Lo(...)

Stanley Fyffe, Jenny Kent, Fintan Dunne and Marie Quinn have seen a “fragile” recovery in Abbeyleix, Co Laois. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Co Laois town, bypassed during recession, is seeing slow growth but it is ‘very, very fragile’

Pat Spillane near his home in Kenmare, Co Kerry. “I think rural Ireland is now on the political agenda, for the first time possibly ever.” Photograph: Don MacMonagle

‘You can see the impact of recession in towns, just by how many people are idle’

Andy and Jackie Pierce of J&B Hope  in Cavan. Andy used his savings to open  the coffee and kitchenware shop he describes as having “an Amish influence”, three years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘People are starting to relax’ but June’s news that 115 would lose their jobs was a setback

Tourists have an endless capacity for daftness. That’s what our correspondent learned while being an apple-pie-making bean an tí f(...)

Robot stories were in the news, as a Japanese hotel opened with a staff of 80 robots. Photograph: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Let’s see how Old Moore’s Almanac fared with its predictions for July

Tyler the Creator, as he is known, may or may not perform in Australia in September: no definitive decision has yet been made about his visa by the Australian authorities

Abuse of feminist activist reveals the grim truth of online misogyny, writes Rosita Boland

Anne Marie Keeley dresses the window in Enable Ireland’s outlet on South Great George’s Street, Dublin, with help from Clare Gilhooley (on left). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anne Marie Keeley, window dresser for Enable Ireland’s charity shops, knows how to get customers through the doors

The original postcard, which locals date to the late 1970s: the barrel-roofed chandlery has gone, the boat being repaired was wrecked and one of the men working on it is ‘a great man for the yoga’. Photograph: D Nobel/John Hinde Studio

The last in a series in which we return to the scene of John Hinde postcards: the oldest building in this vintage postcard of the (...)

The John Hinde postcard of Skerries

A series in which we return to the scene of John Hinde postcards: Red Island was a holiday camp in Skerries that operated for thre(...)

Rosita Boland’s favourite things: a 1960s dress; a Harvard sweatshirt; a beloved hat bought in Vietnam; a dark-green, Italian-made, wool-fringed shawl; and a pair of handmade Mexican cowboy boots. Photographs: Dave Meehan

Most people have a few things in their wardrobe that they just can’t be parted from. Here are five pieces that are interwoven with(...)

‘Every time I get up, I almost fall over the piece of stone in the middle of the floor where the cannon had been fixed, but I like this visceral reminder of the tower’s past.’ Rosita Boland at the Martello tower in Sutton, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A series in which Irish Times writers go off the beaten track: ‘The Irish Sea had always seemed to me to lack the drama of the Atl(...)

The John Hinde postcard of Kilkee

A series in which we return to the scene of John Hinde postcards. Part 2/4: much is unchanged in this Co Clare holiday resort, but(...)

The mouldable glue product invented by an Irish woman has raised more than £3m through crowdfunding scheme

The John Hinde photograph of Salthill prom, estimated to have been taken in the late 1950s or early 1960s

A series in which we return to the scene of John Hinde postcards. Part 1/4: The look and feel of Salthill promenade as depicted in(...)

Hugh Hefner and Holly Madison were in the news, although Hef wasn’t too happy about it. Photograph: Chris Weeks/Wireimage

The predictions in Old Moore’s Almanac about Hugh Hefner, Irish doctors and North Korean ‘craziness’ came almost eerily true

Mustard: retro displays make it feel like a living room from the 1960s

Retro clothes and homewares shops bring a range of 20th-century designs to the city

 Generations: TK Whitaker (97)  photographed at  his home on Stillorgan Road by the late David Sleator

The Irish Times Generations project, which has spoken to 50 people of different ages around Ireland, concludes today. Its central (...)

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) Portrait of a bearded man, in three-quarter profile, bust-length, with a white collar and gold chainsoil on oak panel has an estimate of £2m to £3m.

Russborough obtained export licence for ‘Portrait of a Monk’ and two more Rubens

 Pierce Hanley:  “I think the good thing about being a child is that you can have fun.” Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

‘I think when you are 20 you are grown up and old. The oldest person I know is my mother’

 Dexter Comerford: “If I had a wish it would be that I could fly. And that I could be invisible.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Adults keep talking and they don’t take any notice of you’

Eva Flaherty:  “Maths is fun, because it’s challenging, and I like challenges.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘When I grow up, I want to be a dolphin trainer. Or design dresses. Or both’

Gabriella Martins: “My favourite sweet thing to eat is candyfloss and my favourite healthy one is spuds and gravy.”   Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I want to be a doctor or a teacher. If I had one wish it would be that when I go to college, we never get any homework on Fridays(...)

Benfactors: Sir Alfred and Lady Beit at Russborough House in 1978 with Adoration of the Shepherds, by Adriaen van Ostade, one of paintings destined for Christie’s. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

The Alfred Beit Foundation’s proposed sale of nine paintings that were supposed to be ‘for the enjoyment of the Irish people’ caus(...)

 Sir Alfred and Lady Beit, left with W F Richardson from Blessington, his daughter Eithne Lewis, and granddaughter, Ms Lewis, viewing a Reubens painting during a connoisseur’s evening open to the public at Russborough House in 1983. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Export licence for ‘Portrait of a Monk, Bust-Length’ had been obtained

Russborough House is sending two Rubens paintings to Christie’s for auction while it is not known where the third is located. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Alfred Beit Foundation’s licence covers 10 paintings including three worth over £1m

Averil Power left Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Old Moore’s Almanac was right in predicting volcanic unrest, and a scandal of sorts involving a female politician, but was wide of(...)

Family: Jake O’Kane and his mother, Linda. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Single mother Linda O’Kane lives with her son Jake, who has autism. She shares their story so others can understand life for such (...)

The Blue Lagoon: ‘There can be no more surreal way to arrive in a country than to almost immediately immerse yourself in opaque turquoise waters surrounded by moss-covered lava fields.’ Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

From June, cheap, direct flights will really put Iceland on Irish tourists’ maps. Expect to encounter unspoiled natural beauty and(...)

Jilted: Jane Fonda with Lily Tomlin, her Grace and Frankie costar

You have 10 minutes on the phone with the Oscar-winning actor. What do you ask her?

Take Me Home is a well-stocked wool shop run by husband and wife Aine and Sean Carey

Are you being served? The column that looks at stock, style and service in shops around Ireland

Old Moore’s predictions about the Kardashians and Kanye didn’t come to pass, but Kim Kardashian’s stepfather, Bruce Jenner (above), announced he was transgender

Old Moore’s Almanac makes many and varied predictions about the celebrity clan. Unfortunately, it rarely gets them right

Emma and Conor Crumlish: “Our parents didn’t tell us who was oldest until we were 10.” Photograph: Eric Luke

‘It’s annoying that boys can look anyway they like,’ says Emma. ‘I believe in God,’ says her twin. ‘There is no single answer why’(...)

Claire Cullen: “I discovered feminism when I was 14, but maybe social justice is what I really mean.” Photograph: Eric Luke

‘The church is so out of touch. “Don’t use contraception”: that is the stupidest thing ever to say to a group of teenagers in a co(...)

“It was very frustrating at the beginning, because I couldn’t really communicate with anyone.” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

‘I don’t identify myself as Irish. I try to stay in touch with Polish culture’

Katie Goldsmith: “At my age people are beginning to find themselves. They’re done with the fitting-in stage. At college you see that different is good.” Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Clare is from South Korea. My parents adopted her when she was six months old’

Sinéad McGuinness: “I notice there is a lot in the media about teenagers and sex and underage drinking. But there are a lot of teenagers who don’t drink or have sex, and they don’t get any attention.” Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I learned after he died that you have to keep going. We didn’t feel sorry for ourselves. I wasn’t going to let it define who I wa(...)

Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea, in Valletta’s Grand Harbour on Monday,  April 20th, 2015. Some  700 migrants were feared dead after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean. Photograph:  REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Rosita Boland: ‘I watched as migrants from Syria, Bangladesh, Mali and Nigeria took their first steps on land since embarking from(...)

Josh Hartnett and Eva Green in the second series of Penny Dreadful

Behind the scenes of this ‘big, gaudy, lurid sort of show’, the prosthetics, wardrobe and props departments are the real stars. Th(...)

 Best Day Out in Ireland 2015 - #bestdayout . Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly.
The Best Day Out in Ireland
  • Travel
  • April 18, 2015, 01:00

An ‘Irish Times’ competition is looking for the best ways to spend a day in Ireland – and we want your help. Here, ‘Irish Times’ w(...)

James Brohan’s hardware shop sits on Parnell Steet in Ennis and offers all you would need to maintain a house

Are you being served? The column that looks at stock, style and service in Irish shops

CORRECT(ISH): Sacha Baron Cohen wasn’t in the news, but Cinecitta Sacha Baron Cohen (inset) won the Best Toy Dog group at Crufts

Old Moore’s Almanac showed the instincts of a news hound when it came to predicting what lay ahead for Sacha Baron Cohen (sort of)(...)

Killian Woods at his mother’s home in Ratoath, Co Meath: “I do think Ireland is a man’s world – and that’s because men don’t even have to think about whether it is or not.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘I can’t imagine ever having enough money to own a house’

Nic Greenshields as Jud Fry and Gary Wilmot as Ali Hakim. Photograph: Pamela Raith

After reading the script of the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical classic, which is coming to Dublin soon, it becomes apparent (...)

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