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 (...)

Declan Molloy outside his Artisan Bakery in Roscommon town

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

CORRECT ‘Politician has a Twitter event’: we learned last month that Gerry Adams is fond of trampolining naked. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Old Moore’s Almanac predicted that a famous work of art would make headlines and a politician would have a Twitter event in Februa(...)

Nuala O’Faolain: “There was something both startling and exhilarating in the experience of reading such an honest account about being a woman in Ireland.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Celebrating Irish women writers: ‘Are You Somebody made a feminist of me, although I don’t think I knew that until now’

Trevor Deely

The final part of this series explores the effect on the Deely family of losing their son and brother. ‘Family life will never be (...)

Trevor Deely

Part two of our continuing series chronicles the frantic days and weeks after Trevor Deely went missing 14 years ago

The first of three articles – featuring new interviews with family, friends and investigators – re-creates the days and hours before he disappeared

Trevor Deely vanished from the streets of Dublin in the early hours of December 8th, 2000, at the age of 22. No trace has ever bee(...)

Anton Savage: ‘You’re never sure of where the next thing is coming from. I don’t mean the next pay cheque, but the next opportunity.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As he takes over Ray D’Arcy’s Today FM slot, Savage talks of growing up with Terry Prone and Tom Savage, what drives him, and the (...)

CORRECT: Gay Byrne was in the news because of Stephen Fry’s views on God in The Meaning of Life

On the first Friday of each month, we look back at the predictions in Old Moore’s Almanac to see which, if any, came true. Gay Byr(...)

‘We are never going to see an ad that features people struggling to pay their credit card bills.’ Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

It has been a long and, for many, rocky road since the first credit card transaction was made in 1950

“What makes us stand out from the rest is that we offer stock that nobody else has. We have to be doing something different”:   Jimmy Redmond of Redmonds off-licence in Ranelagh

Are we being served? A new column looks at stock, style and service in shops around Ireland

 Rosita Boland  and Micheál Ó Conghaile, overall and emerging fiction Hennessy award winners, with  Maurice Hennessy (centre) at the awards ceremony in the Dublin Writers Museum in 1997. Photograph: David Sleator

‘I am very grateful to have won a Hennessy Award, even if I feel a bit of a fraud in that I didn’t go on to have a career as a fic(...)

Martina Devlin, facilitator Ciaran Carty and author Xiaolu Guo judging the 44th Hennessy literary awards. Photograph: Alan Betson

The pages of new stories and poems will appear on the last Saturday of every month

Rick O’Shea: ‘Being really well-prepared and well-briefed is the key to doing any interview.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The presenter of RTÉ’s new Poetry Programme can’t name a poem by Seamus Heaney. So can his popularity win over younger audiences? (...)

OLD MOORE’S PREDICTION FOR FEBRUARY 2015 (click through for more predictions): Joan Burton has a headache

The 251-year-old Irish publication Old Moore’s Almanac is a heady mix of household tips, Irish traditions and – best of all – pred(...)

‘It’s vital to set out with the intention of being committed to several resolutions or goals.’ Above, Jack Black at last year’s Pendulum Summit in Dublin

A full-price ticket to the Pendulum Summit costs €425. Here we give you the Glaswegian motivational speaker’s advice for improving(...)

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

Margaretta D’Arcy: ‘Why shouldn’t I go online and find myself a Thai man?’

‘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

Christmas in children’s books could be a strange affair, from The Long Winter’s meal of oyster soup to the austere no-gift polic(...)

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(...)

Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

‘For me Buddhism has a richness I didn’t know how to get before. It’s not telling you what to do’

On Main Street, Belmullet, Co Mayo, are: AJ Reilly, owner of a hardware shop; Kevin Sheridan, a butcher on the street; Liam McAndrew, a draper; John Conroy of the fruit and veg shop; Paula Murphy, a florist; Breege O’Donoghue of An Builín Blasta; and Davy O’Donoghue and Dawn Barrett of O’Donoghue’s bakery. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

In the concluding part of The Street, we visit an area that is too far out for the multiples to reach, meaning that long-standing (...)

Annette and Paul Costello, at Obama Cafe, Main Street, Moneygall, Co Offaly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Moneygall, Co Offaly, which comprises just one street, has changed utterly since the First Couple visited in 2011

Omo, a young woman forced to leave Nigeria because of her sexuality, is the only woman on the soccer team at Cara Mineo camp for asylum seekers in Sicily. Her ambition is to become a professional player. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Asylum seekers at the Cara Mineo centre in rural Sicily explain why they left their home countries

Billy Keogh, the sixth generation of bakers in Keogh’s bakery. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Street: A new series examines the life of four streets in Ireland. First we go to Bridge Street in the Co Kilkenny town, which(...)

Young asylum seekers at the Green School in Augusta, Sicily. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Every week thousands of children travel in unseaworthy boats from Africa to Europe. Some of those who made it to Sicily share thei(...)

Safe landing: Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued  40km off the Libyan coast by a Dutch freighter, the Dinteldijk. Photograph: Frank Miller

Rosita Boland reports from Sicily on the survivors of a hazardous mass migration

 Artist Alice Maher photographed in Lough Carra, Co Mayo recreating one of her installations entitled Les Filles d’Ouranos Art Grandeur Nature, Seinne Saint-Denis, Paris. Photograph: Keith Heneghan.

It’s a rare ability to be able to communicate equally with those interested in art and those not so interested, and is only possib(...)

Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The opera singer continues to train students for 39 hours a week – and she doesn’t stop for lunch

Community Art

Eight drawings on display

Martha Godsil outside her home in Artane, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The hour a week Alone volunteers spend with older people brings life-enhancing human connection

Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Generations series, charting the experience of Irish people through the decades, by Rosita Boland, reaches over 60-year-olds (...)

Sarah Gavra Boland, centre, with Grant Brady and Lisa McEvoy at the St John of God Menni Services centre in Tallaght. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Way Buddy helps people with learning difficulties to follow routes by showing them pictures of landmarks along the way

Gus Nichol, the head of the family business, in the coffin loft

A book marking 200 years of the Nichols family and their undertaking business isn’t all serious

The world the magazine continues to report on has changed irrevocably in the intervening decades: from left, Time in 1954; part of a prescient ad in 1954 promoting the rocket power of the Aerojet-General Corporation; and the issue of August 4th this year

Vintage Summer: In the final part of the series, we compare a 1954 issue of Time magazine with one from today

A page from the educational ‘Look and Learn’ annual (1979)

Vintage Summer: Looking back on comics and books from the 1970s and earlier, the prejudice and sexism jump out at you, although an(...)

Agony aunt Ann Landers. Photograph: Kevin Horan/The Life Images Collection/Getty Images

Vintage Summer: Mary Marryat’s column in Woman’s Weekly shows just how much attitudes to sex, death and abuse have shifted

Clockwise from main, the Caribbean bath ad (1973); an ad for Wondermash, a kind of piped concentrated mashed potato, from the same magazine; an ad for a Chin Strap (1948); and an ad for a Formica kitchen (1965)

A Vintage Summer: A trawl through old ads is funny, but also a jarring reminder of past social truths

Want to make friends the 1960s way? Then follow the tips laid out in Frankly Feminine by making some frilly knits, among other things. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Vintage Summer: A book of advice for women from a bygone era has sections on ‘your husband, your money and you’ and ‘imagination i(...)

Trained eye: Rosita Boland with the carved wooden box and tin-plate trains she purchased with her €100. Photograph: Alan Betson

I’m a seasoned searcher for second-hand treasure, but as I trawl a car-boot sale in Fethard, Co Tipperary, in search of a bargain (...)

Rosita Boland with a 1976 cookbook, Meals for Every Occasion, which features recipes for sausage bolster and sardine cartwheels, among other culinary delights. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Vintage Summer: In a new series, I’m using old books and magazines to compare bygone times with the present. This week I cook a di(...)

The Chester Beatty library has combed through its secret vaults to put together a new exhibition with eclectic pieces, some of whi(...)

The Adoption Authority of Ireland said there are 14 times the number of Irish people seeking to adopt intercountry than children being adopted, with some 650 live declarations of suitability to adopt having been granted to those who have completed their assessment. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Committee told 14 times the number of people seeking to adopt ‘intercountry’ than children being adopted

The serrated costline of Istria, Croatia

Enjoy the clear waters, relaxed atmosphere and wonderful food of this northern peninsula in Croatia

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Generations series, charting the experience of Irish people through the decades, by Rosita Boland, reaches 70-year-olds in Sat(...)

“One evening, when I was visiting, he suddenly presented me with the old watch over dinner. I have two brothers, and I pointed this out with some anxiety, feeling slightly old-fashioned and sexist as I did.  But as I no longer climb trees, or tend to lose things much any more, I accepted his gift. “

No time like the present

Retro view: Peggy (Elizabeth Moss) and Don (Jon Hamm) in Sky Atlantic’s Mad Men made the new era of jet-set business travel look glamorous

Bring your attractive secretary and start every trip with Champagne . . . Rosita Boland unearths a book devoted to the art of tra(...)

Mass grave?: Catherine Corless at the site of what she believes is the unofficial graveyard. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Catherine Corless’s research revealed that 796 children died at St Mary’s. She now says the nature of their burial has been widely(...)

Francesca Martinez: ‘Happiness lies in accepting who you are.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Don’t call it cerebral palsy, says the comedian, who is hell-bent on shaking things up

Before MND: Simon Fitzmaurice filming in 2007

The film-maker Simon Fitzmaurice has motor neuron disease. Now able to move only his eyes, and unable to take an active part in (...)

Speakers Maggie O’Kane of The Guardian and Áine Lawlor of RTÉ at the Women on Air conference at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Women on Air conference told ‘diversity of voices and opinions is essential’

The newsroom of the Impartial Reporter. Photograph: John McVitty

Enniskillen-based newspaper the ‘Impartial Reporter’ has been around since 1825, and was in one family’s hands for 181 years. It w(...)

Challenges ahead: Sheila Pratschke. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

She has been chairwoman of the Arts Council for six months and change is in the air. Minutes from meetings are now online, funding(...)

On call: the BirdSongID app

In city or in forest, an ingenious app gives you the lowdown on warblers known and unknown

Shocking prices?: part of the bill that Arc sent the Donegal-based couple who withdrew from the adoption process; they believe its fees are unreasonable

A Donegal couple are dismayed by the bill they’ve received for a process they have withdrawn from

Ulick O’Connor and Anthony Cronin at the Aosdána general assembly at Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The mood was combative, with some members appearing to claim that the nature of the organisation’s work puts it beyond accountabil(...)

Aosdána members Camille Souter and Daphne Wright during a break from their agm at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Aosdána received €2.7 million from Arts Council this year

Patrick deWitt reads from his third novel in a joint event with British spoken-word poet Hollie McNish. Photograph: Boyd Challenger

Competition is fierce on the literary festival circuit and on the evidence of last weekend Cúirt needs to do more to set itself ap(...)

Gilson describes the giant puffball white flower as looking like ‘a snowball had been stuck on to a stem’

Jools Gilson’s very personal radio documentary rehabilitates the reputation of the ‘forecourt flower’

Musician Adrian Crowley, who is currently working on his first fiction collection. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
On song at Cuirt

A panel of musicians discuss their favourite books, in and out of tune, at the weekend literary festival

“One of the attractive things at present about us to children is that what we do is not seen as schoolwork,”  says Fighting Words’ Sean Love. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A panel on how to promote reading and writing in schools gets a warm reception at the literature festival in Galway

Yeats country: Lissadell House, with Benbulben in the background. Photograph: Alan Betson

After the Supreme Court’s awarding of more than €5 million in legal costs against Sligo County Council – already tens of millions (...)

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