‘We were penniless, and existed on packet soups and the occasional Vesta curry, dehydrated meals that were reconstituted with boiling water.’ Above, an ad for Vesta

It was the mid-1960s, and five of us from Beckenham Grammar School for Girls had decided, following A-levels, to go on a youth-hostelling holiday i(...)

The road to Naas may have become a little quieter in recent times, but a developer of new homes is banking on a return of commuters to the Co Kildare(...)

 Gerry Adams speaks to Friends of Sinn Féin supporters during a breakfast on St Patrick’s Day, 2005. Photo:   Alex Wong/Getty Images

Chuck FeeneyOne of the world’s most generous philanthropists, Chuck Feeney (83) made his multibillion dollar fortune from duty-free shopping selling g(...)

 Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams listens from his table as he is introduced at a fundraiser in New York in 1999. Seated next to Adams is businessman Pat Donaghy, a major donor.

The drink flowed as diners chewed on filet mignon and enjoyed a rousing political speech in between traditional Irish songs performed by a band in on(...)

Fionnula Flanagan: donated $3,000. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Fein counted some of Hollywood’s biggest stars among the party’s American donors. Several film industry celebrities donated money to the party du(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett:  “Those who continue to shout here are not doing themselves any good.” So there. Photograph: Frank Miller

“Interruptions”. That’s the word they use in the official record.A polite way to indicate ructions. Deputies shouting and roaring, roaring and shoutin(...)

Paul Galvin will not be back to sit on the Kerry bench - Darragh Ó Sé is positive about his return but not expecting him to be changing Kerry’s season. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Having played alongside him for seven years, and having managed the Kerry Under 21s in his initiation challenge match against the senior panel on Tue(...)

Paul Galvin: will add considerable experience to manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s already formidable panel. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

He’d hung up his boots, written his own book, gone and done the ring thing, and he’s not finished yet, Paul Galvin making perhaps the most unexpected (...)

Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin: “The lads have massive respect for him [Gerry Duffy].” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Running 32 marathons in 32 consecutive days, or completing 10 ironman triathlons in 10 consecutive days, would almost certainly contribute to some pl(...)

Paul Galvin will play for the Kerry team in a challenge match on Tuesday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Eamonn Fitzmaurice thought he already had selection headaches ahead of him picking this year’s Kerry forward line with the return of Tommy Walsh and (...)