Andy and Jackie Pierce of J&B Hope  in Cavan. Andy used his savings to open  the coffee and kitchenware shop he describes as having “an Amish influence”, three years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The people of Cavan certainly did not think they were in a post-recession era earlier this summer when they woke up to hear that 115 people at the tow(...)

Our Summers Past series mines the Irish Times archive to find the best articles from previous summers. In July 2006, five Irish Times writers each too(...)

Robot stories were in the news, as a Japanese hotel opened with a staff of 80 robots. Photograph: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

We’re more than halfway through the year, and there are a few patterns emerging with Old Moore’s predictions. He’s very fond of space, robots, cele(...)

Tyler the Creator, as he is known, may or may not perform in Australia in September: no definitive decision has yet been made about his visa by the Australian authorities

@fucktyler is the blunt Twitter handle of American rapper, Tyler Okonma, who is due to perform in Australia in September. The name of his first alb(...)

Anne Marie Keeley dresses the window in Enable Ireland’s outlet on South Great George’s Street, Dublin, with help from Clare Gilhooley (on left). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If eyes are the windows to the soul, then shop windows are the soul of what’s on offer inside. A good shop window will make you stop and look; a gr(...)

The original postcard, which locals date to the late 1970s: the barrel-roofed chandlery has gone, the boat being repaired was wrecked and one of the men working on it is ‘a great man for the yoga’. Photograph: D Nobel/John Hinde Studio

There is a rumour that John Hinde photographers were issued with pots of fuschia bushes and rhododendrons that they drove around Ireland with in th(...)

The John Hinde postcard of Skerries

I don’t know why it is so amusing to see a tanned, handsome man in sunglasses lounging on a beach holding a rather large camera in a strategic posi(...)

Rosita Boland’s favourite things: a 1960s dress; a Harvard sweatshirt; a beloved hat bought in Vietnam; a dark-green, Italian-made, wool-fringed shawl; and a pair of handmade Mexican cowboy boots. Photographs: Dave Meehan

Shawl One of the many things my late aunt Maine gave me in my 20s was a dark-green Italian-made wool-fringed shawl. I loved it. I wore it const(...)

‘Every time I get up, I almost fall over the piece of stone in the middle of the floor where the cannon had been fixed, but I like this visceral reminder of the tower’s past.’ Rosita Boland at the Martello tower in Sutton, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The first Martello tower I ever saw was the one that on the shore at Seapoint, near Salthill, in south Dublin. I didn’t have the words for it as a (...)

The John Hinde postcard of Kilkee

It is picture-postcard weather on the day I visit Kilkee, Co Clare. One of the best ways to see vivid blue skies and blue ocean in Ireland is on a (...)