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 (...)

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

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