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 (...)

Everyone literally wants a bit of Sugru, the mouldable glue product invented by Irishwoman Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, and named by Time magazine as on(...)

The John Hinde photograph of Salthill prom, estimated to have been taken in the late 1950s or early 1960s

The promenade at Salthill in Galway is never called that. It’s always the prom. You can walk in jig time from the centre of Galway out to Salthill.(...)

Hugh Hefner and Holly Madison were in the news, although Hef wasn’t too happy about it. Photograph: Chris Weeks/Wireimage

So Old Moore seems to have had a pretty impressive month of predictions. Even though things were grim, the crystal ball was crystal clear. &nbs(...)

Mustard: retro displays make it feel like a living room from the 1960s

Mustard, a cheery place with a sunshine-yellow facade, located on Academy Street in Cork, opened some eight months ago and sells retro-style homewa(...)

 Generations: TK Whitaker (97)  photographed at  his home on Stillorgan Road by the late David Sleator

Generations: 10 Decades of Irish Life began in April 2014. In January that year my editor and I decided that I would interview people in Ireland from (...)

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) Portrait of a bearded man, in three-quarter profile, bust-length, with a white collar and gold chainsoil on oak panel has an estimate of £2m to £3m.

Russborough House has decided not to sell a valuable Rubens oil painting that it got an export licence for earlier this year. The painting, Portrait o(...)

 Pierce Hanley:  “I think the good thing about being a child is that you can have fun.” Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

This article is part of The Irish Times Generations project. Since April 2014, people ranging in age from 12 to 102 have shared their views on Iris(...)