Before the National Lottery was established, the most popular way to have an occasional flutter was to buy a Sweeps ticket. The Irish Hospitals(...)

Pope Francis arrives for the opening of the Synod on the themes of family in Vatican City. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

In his former life, Pope Francis was noted for his openness to people of all faiths and of none. In 2011, he said “dialogue is born from an attitude o(...)

A chara, – To answer concerns raised by Breda O’Brien about certain social media sites (Opinion & Analysis, July 19th) Declan Kelly lashes into th(...)

A chara, – Declan Kelly (Letters, April 11th) calls for “all remarks that give offence to human beings” to be removed from the Bible. As(...)

‘Portrait of George Dyer Talking’ by Francis Bacon which sold for £42.2 million at Christie’s, London.

Auction results Saturday, February 8th (...)

Thomas Flynn (19) from Coolock, Dublin, who was one of seven men charged at Cashel District Court today in connection with an aggravated burglary in Co Tipperary. Photograph: Press 22

Seven men with addresses in north Dublin have appeared in court in connection with an aggravated burglary in Co Tipperary last Thursday when a family (...)

 An unmarked Garda car is taken from the scene after a getaway car used in a robbery in Tipperary was intercepted by gardaí at Newlands Cross, Dublin,  yesterday. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Gardaí investigating this week’s robbery in which a family was held at gunpoint in their home near Killenaule, Co Tipperary, in the middle of the nigh(...)

‘Harvest Fruit’ by Patrick Hennessy (estimate €3,800-€4,500) at Dolan’s Irish Art House in Clifden, Co Galway

Viewing is underway for the last big auctions of summer before the holiday season. First up is Matthews Auctioneers’ “Summer Auction” at Rockfield Hou(...)

AUCTION RESULTS Thursday, May 2nd, Christie’s, London. The Antiquities Sale. A Celtic gold bracelet,£517,875 (£40,000(...)