Christmas trees awaiting  a good home. Photo: Bart Maat/EPA

Business was brisk, so brisk that Vinny Fitzpatrick was reminded of the old gag about money growing on trees. On this crisp Saturday morning, it certa(...)

The late Dessie Hughes: “Dessie was Dessie to everyone, from the well-heeled to the down at heel and all those in between.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It was late on Sunday, and not a sound was stirring in Mount Prospect Avenue, when Vinny Fitzpatrick cracked.The sneaky break-out kind of crept up on(...)

The new-look Darren Clarke shows the fruits of his fitness regime. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

As the star attraction of the night entered the room, tall, tanned and toned, Vinny Fitzpatrick sank his bulging buttocks a little lower in his seat a(...)

Water charge protesters from Dublin gather in front of the GPO last week.  Photo: Barbara Lindberg.

As a rising tide of self-loathing swept over him, Vinny Fitzpatrick felt like a cork drifting helplessly in storm-tossed waters.He was drifting toward(...)

“We’re about to ramp up the installation of water meters on the northside, specifically the working-class areas, which you drive through every day,” said Tabitha.   Photograph: Alan Betson

For the seven o’clock rendezvous with Tabitha Tregoning in Stoker’s wine bar in Fairview on Monday, Vinny Fitzpatrick was early, which was not unusual(...)

“Vinny had first cried foul over the upheaval made on the pavement outside the house by the meter installation folk.”

Like Johnny Turk in the ballad, Waltzing Matilda, Vinny Fitzpatrick was ready; oh, he primed himself well. When the representative from Irish Water ca(...)

Everton’s Aiden McGeady: “Capable of lighting up any game, the Glaswegian conjurer could also vanish down a tunnel by the corner flag at the start of games”. Photograph: Getty Images.

After the storms, the traffic was backed up on the Clontarf Road on Monday morning to the extent that the 130, like many other Dublin Bus routes, was (...)

The USA’s Webb Simpson on the first tee during day one of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA.

As the Ryder Cup battle heightened in Gleneagles, a quintet of middle-aged European fans sat huddled by a telly in The Wee Dram pub in Auchterarder, n(...)

 Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell of Europe warm up on the first tee during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at  Gleneagles  in Auchterarder, Scotland. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The four vice-captains, none of whom would break 120 from the back tees at Gleneagles, were revved up for their Ryder Cup call to arms. Included among(...)

Port Vale hailed from Burslem in nearby Stoke, they had a decent travelling support, who filled most of the enclosures opposite, bizarrely named the Ice Cream Van Stand at Grest Road.  Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

There were 6,357 fans at Gresty Road on Saturday afternoon, one of whom, a burly chap in his 50s sitting in the old Railtrack Stand, had no emotional (...)