Karen McDonnell (left) in France,

Christmas with servantsKaren McDonnellAt the age of 15, I found myself at the very centre of haute-bourgeois French Christmas celebrations. I was on m(...)

Midleton College, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

‘We feel that Protestants are effectively being persecuted by the Labour element in Government when it comes to education, and we need the Taoiseach’s(...)

Artist John Kelly with a piece from one of his Cow Up a Tree series

‘How is one to be creative in the remotest, coldest, windiest and bleakest continent on Earth?” asks Irish-Australian artist John Kelly, who is curren(...)

Finely balanced: Sarah Hargaden and Brian Killeen at home in Shankill, Co Dublin,  with their children, Danny,  Beth and Alice.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

SARAH HARGADEN AND BRIAN KILLEENHargaden, who is 41, and Killeen, who is 42, have three children, aged nine, seven and five. They live in Shankill,(...)

Mesmerizing Eyes: Pawel Pentlinowski’s photograph came sixth in the portrait category last year

After last year’s hugely successful inaugural competition, when more than 10,000 photographs were entered, the Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the(...)

Clare hurling fan Leo McGough pictured near his home in Carlow at the Brownshill Dolmen. Leo is holding a match programme from the Cork-Clare match in 1978, his lucky hurley and a t-shirt from the 1995 Clare All-Ireland homecoming. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan.

Although born and living in Co Carlow all his life, Leo McGough (53) is about as fanatical as it gets when it comes to Clare hurling.Both his parents (...)

Tracey Kennedy at Pobalscoil na Tríonóide in Youghal, Co Cork. “There is really only me and our sponsor liaison officer [in Cork GAA] who are female. We don’t have a huge representation with our senior teams.” Photograph: Provision

As well as holding down a full-time job as a secondary school teacher, Tracey Kennedy is Cork GAA’s first female public relations officer. It’s a rol(...)

Fr Harry Bohan: “When I hear what goes into preparing a Clare team now, I find it mind-boggling.” Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

Fr Harry Bohan, parish priest in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, which he calls “the home of hurling”, was involved with various senior hurling teams in the (...)

Physio Declan O’Sullivan: “I want to make sure they all get through the week and are presentable on Sunday.” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

For the past decade Declan O’Sullivan (39) has been physiotherapist to the Cork senior hurling team. A former player himself with Blackrock hurling cl(...)

Amanda Burke and Jonathan Powell at All Things Connemara, in Clifden, Co Galway

If you travelled in Ireland this summer, you might have had the experience of stopping in a town or village and asking a local to suggest somewhere to(...)