The strangely medieval-looking medlar, which can be used to make fragrant medlar jelly to serve as an accompaniment to game, pork or lamb

I don’t grow medlars (Mespilus germanica), but last week’s sight of Airfield Gardens’ gnarly old tree, its twisting branches heavily laden with these (...)

A water meter at a house in Rathfarnham, Dublin, which has the units and tens of units blocked from view. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Water has acknowledged figures on one of the two types of meters it has installed across the State cannot be read by householders. Information (...)

A number of residents in south Dublin have discovered they are unable to see all or part of the last three rows of red numerals on their new water meters. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Some water meters installed in parts of south Dublin are proving difficult to read for householders.Information from Irish Water depicts meters showin(...)

Few villages in the country can boast a racecourse and a golf range on their doorstep; then again Foxrock is not your usual village. The Dublin 18 ad(...)

The scene of a fatal shooting in Clonard Street, Balbriggan,  Co Dublin this morning. Photograph: Collins

A criminal shot dead close to his child’s school in north Dublin this morning was facing feud-related criminal charges.Benny Whitehouse (36), was amb(...)

 Dr James Reilly  approved 17 projects for payment that had not been recommended by officials. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Counties Westmeath and Longford fared worst in the distribution of National Lottery funding from the Department of Health when James Reilly was minis(...)

Unload the Catch by Seán Keating, sold for €52,000, at de Veres

Monday, June 9th Morgan O’Driscoll Auctioneers, Sculpture Auction, RDS, Dublin. All but one of the 96 lots sold. Ghost Famine Ship by John Behan, €13(...)

The Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, which was a home from 1930 to 1970. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eighteen years ago, on May 11th, 1996, Padraig O’Morain wrote in this newspaper about a woman he called Eileen, whose baby was taken from her in a mot(...)

Irish Water said algal bloom, which blocks filters, has reduced capacity at the Vartry water-treatment plant at Roundwood, Co Wicklow from 65 million litres to 40 million litres per day. File photograph: Getty Images

An algal bloom has affected the Vartry water-treatment plant at Roundwood, Co Wicklow, resulting in supply being cut off or reduced over(...)

We are cursed to live in interesting times: a surge in Greek bond prices is directly linked to rising house prices in Dublin. But health warnin(...)