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

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