Photograph: Eric Luke

Colm Doyle lives in Rathfarnham, DublinI grew up in Rathgar. Our house had a ridiculously complex phone system. There was one in every room. I think m(...)

Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Clara Malone lives in Sandyford, Dublin I’m the youngest of three girls. I was born in Dublin, but we moved to Cork when I was one. We came bac(...)

Photograph: Stephen Davison/Pacemaker

Liam O’Ruairc lives in BelfastMy father, Eamonn, is from the lower Falls Road. He was part of the generation in the North who had access to further ed(...)

Photograph: Eric Luke

Ruby Walsh lives in Calverstown, Co KildareI don’t remember horses not being in my life. I got a pony, Pebbles, for my seventh birthday. I got a bette(...)

‘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

WISDOM WEEK It’s January again. The decorations are down, the house looks newly bare, the gifts have all been distributed, and the season of c(...)

Brian Keogh: “It took about three months for the water to go down.”  Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

This year several severe storms hit parts of the west coast of the country. In some counties, such as Clare, the flooding caused by the heavy rain als(...)

 Margaretta D’Arcy is released from Mountjoy prison, in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Margaretta D’Arcy was imprisoned this year for refusing to sign a commitment to keep away from unauthorised zones at Shannon Airport. The 80-year-old (...)

‘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 But what was appropriate 31 years ago as a charity endeavour is surely now outdated.’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

Dublin is a city where homelessness has become ever more visible this year. There are so many arches, shop alcoves and covered laneways that have thei(...)

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

When I think of Christmas in children’s literature, the scenes that pop out of my memory are from books that don’t have Christmas as a main theme a(...)

The TV show Little House on the Prairie. Photograph: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Pioneer Girl is written for me. It is written for everyone who grew up loving Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Little House books about her pioneer c(...)