Former Irish Times bridge correspondent George Ryan at a book signing. Photograph: Kevin McMahon, Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway

‘Can I have a quiet word?” Bookseller Des Kenny’s heart sank as he knew he had no money on him when he was approached at work one Saturday morning by (...)

Bees can be upset by cold, or any jostling that disturbs their normal behaviour. Photograph: Alan Betson
The bee and the western wind

Peter Wheeler and Sighle Lynd – she a daughter of Irish writer Robert Lynd – lived on the edge of London’s Hampstead Heath and had a particular(...)

 John Molloy: Many of his former scientific colleagues from around the world sent messages reflecting fond memories of man with a great sense of humour and an incredible knowledge and passion for the Irish mid-water fishery

John Molloy, one of the most charismatic and respected figures in Irish and international marine science, enjoyed a unique relationship with fishing c(...)