Belated invitation ... Paddy Cosgrave opening the Web Summit 2015 at the RDS in Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

One Friday recently, a friend was pleased to open an email invitation to an official dinner. He was less pleased when he noticed the date. It was for (...)

Gillian and Ronan Treacy, parents of four-year-old Ciarán Treacy who died when the car he was travelling in was hit by another vehicle driven by 40-year-old Finbarr O’Rourke. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The atmosphere in the Portlaoise courtroom was heavy with sadness. Judge Keenan Johnson was only on page six of his 27-page judgment when his measured(...)

Former Ireland Boxing Head Coach Billy Walsh makes his way through the departures of Dublin Airport last Thursday. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Up to a week ago, most people couldn’t have picked Billy Walsh out in a crowd. Then suddenly he was the lead item on RTÉ One’s Six One News, as heads (...)

Abducted by the IRA: Tiede Herrema with his wife, Elisabeth. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The kidnappers’ homework was terrible. They mistook their prisoner for a German. After bundling him into the car they asked him for the name of the Ge(...)

Freed: Tiede Herrema, accompanied by his wife, Elisabeth, in November 1975, shows a bullet that one of his kidnappers gave him. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

On October 3rd, 1975, Dr Tiede Herrema was driving from his home in Castletroy, Co Limerick, to an early-morning meeting at the Ferenka steel plant at(...)

Fionnuala Kenny the wife of the Fine Gael leader Enda`Kenny with cardboard images of her husband , at a rally of supporters in Dublin’s Temple Bar in 2007 Photograph: Eric Luke

Perhaps you missed it. “Fionnuala, you are down there. I know you put up with an awful lot. You’re a great woman, the best I met.” Ah here, Enda. “The(...)

Friends and colleagues of murdered Garda Tony Golden queue outside his home at Sandygrove, Blackrock, Co Louth, on Wednesday to pay their respects to his family. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Flags flew at half-mast in the seaside village of Blackrock and, outside the front door of Garda Tony Golden’s home on the Sandygrove estate, a lone g(...)

David Puttnam: “I’m good at getting people to work together, good at encouraging them to do better work. But there’s not an artistic bone in my body”

The venue is within walking distance of his Cork-bound train. The bar is tourist bedlam and the only option is a sofa in the lobby. He hasn’t eaten al(...)

This week, an Irish Cancer Society survey revealed that the average monthly cost of cancer to a patient is €862

It’s probably the sense of gratitude that silences many patients. An acute awareness of their luck to live in a time when the word cancer is not neces(...)

The funeral of Brian Friel, at Glenties Cemetery, Co Donegal. Among the mourners was writer Eugene McCabe (left). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

As the hearse wound around the coastal roads from Brian Friel’s Greencastle home, on the shores of Lough Foyle, traditional musicians prepared to g(...)