Grandfather Zhen Qingchun, who has  seven grandsons, aged 11 to 20: “Our situation is very common. The parents go away to work, the older generation takes care of them. You have to make money, and you usually can’t take your children with you.”  Photograph: Clifford Coonan

A dozen elderly people, some wearing the blue tunics and black slippers of Mao Zedong’s more doctrinaire era, are waiting in the rain beneath a bus sh(...)

The State Examinations Commission says a significant minority of candidates are struggling to complete simple procedures.

Leaving Cert examiners have expressed concern at the lack of basic skills of some students sitting the higher level maths paper. In a report publishe(...)

St Helen’s Road is a U-shaped street of Crampton-built semis situated just off the busy Rock Road. From the street you can see large ferries glide by(...)

‘A Kerry Lake’ by Paul Henry (1935)

A painting by Paul Henry that has been in a private collection in the US is the top lot in Morgan O’Driscoll’s art auction in the RDS on Monday evenin(...)

Ferndale Road is a leafy, private and upmarket cul-de-sac in Rathmichael, Co Dublin. Number 10, a five-bed mock- Georgian detached property on thre(...)

The Barn is a two-storey detached house designed by architect Derek Kilfeather in 1971 on what was the vegetable patch of number one Glenart Avenue, (...)

Last month, five young men died by suicide in Newbridge, Co Kildare. File photograph: Getty Images

A priest speaking out about the tragedy of seven suicides in three weeks in Co Laois has said the clergy are becoming “sacramental firemen” going from(...)

A Co Kildare man wanted in the US to face fraud, money-laundering and identity theft charges has lost an appeal against an order for his extradition. File photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

A Co Kildare man wanted in the US to face fraud, money-laundering and identity theft charges has lost an appeal against an order for his extradition. (...)

Bernie Madoff (77), is serving a 150-year prison term after pleading guilty in 2009 to running a scheme that cost investors an estimated $17 billion or more in principal sums. File photograph:  Mario Tama/Getty Images

A US appeals court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of five former employees of Bernard Madoff’s firm who prosecutors said helped their boss concea(...)

Goonyella finished in fifth place in the Grand National at Aintree. Photograph: Clint Hughes/Getty

A Dublin reader popped into a Boyle Sports on Dublin’s northside on the weekend of the Grand National to place a bet. “We always go there on Grand Nat(...)