Elsie McDermid’s letter to her mother describing Dublin during the Easter Rising begins: “We are living in stirring times. I am writing this to be posted if there is any post office left.” File photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

A dramatic eyewitness account of the Easter Rising as seen by a visiting opera singer has been made public for the first time. Elsie McDermid, a popu(...)

The old dear sees me standing on her front doorstep and she’s on the straight away defensive. She’s like, “What do you want?”Seriously, you wouldn’t w(...)

Luke Sweeney, founder of Italian Tile and Stone: “I decided we needed to do things better and smarter”

In 2000, Luke Sweeney set up the Italian Tile and Stone Company to supply quality tiles to the building and tiling trades at a reasonable price. With (...)

The seats have been put out – 300 of them, with a glossy brochure on each one. There’s, like, music in the room – we’re talking, like, Vivaldi? – and (...)

A BlackBerry  Classic smartphone: company results are out on Friday.    Photograph: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg
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TODAY Indicators: Euro zone consumer confidence (Mar); US Markit services PMI (Mar) and Existing Home Sales Change (Feb). TOMORROW Results: Datalex; W(...)

Out Wednesday: Abercrombie & Fitch results
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TODAY Results: FBD; Sotheby’s; Thorntons. Indicators: Euro zone CPI (Feb) and unemployment rate (Jan); US ISM manufacturing PMI (Feb), ISM prices paid(...)

Sculptor Tim Schmalz displays a scale model of Homeless Jesus while visiting The Irish Times offices in Dublin last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:47

After a competition among prospective sites, Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin has won the Homeless Jesus sculpture for the park in its grounds, gi(...)

 Protesters at the anti-water charges rally at Merrion Square, Dublin, on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hundreds of uniformed gardaí and their colleagues from the Public Order Unit locked down Dáil Éireann and Government Buildings in Dublin city on Wedne(...)

The restored Claude Monet painting Argebteuil Basin in the National Gallery. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two New Zealand tourists have described how they saw a man’s fist go through a Monet painting estimated to be worth €10 million in the National Galler(...)

The damaged Claude Monet painting entitled Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sail Boat (1874) at the National Gallery of Ireland on Clare Street, Dublin.

A man has gone on trial accused of damaging a €10 million Monet painting in the National Gallery four years ago and damaging two paintings in the Shel(...)