James Nolan: “By having our own processing facility, we can make our staple black pudding, but it also gives us the opportunity to experiment with different recipes.” Photograph: Tony Gavin

Being a butcher is the only thing James Nolan has ever wanted to do. He started “sweeping floors and bagging coins” in his father’s butcher shop when (...)

Punchestown Racecourse during its annual racing festival. Amateur jockey and kidney transplant patient James Nolan will compete at this year’s event in the charity race he set up in 1990 to raise funds for kidney research. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Kidney transplant patient and amateur jockey James Nolan is to take part in a charity race at Punchestown on Saturday. It is not the first time Mr Nol(...)

James Nolan leaves court in 2009. Photograph: Collins Courts

A convicted rapist whose arm was found on a north Dublin beach was butchered with a sharp knife after his death.The right arm of James Nolan (46) from(...)

James Nolan, who runs the butcher shop with his wife Emma, is the fourth generation to stand behind the counter in the family business that was established in 1886. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Nolan’s butcher shop in Kilcullen, Co Kildare has been nominated for the “Champion of Champions Award” in the Countryside Alliance awards which will b(...)

Ballyhale’s Henry Shefflin with Shane Prendergast of Clara as the teams battled for the Kilkenny title. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Ballyhale 1-20 Clara 1-13 Ballyhale Shamrocks showed the calibre of champions as a composed first-half performance helped them march to a 15th Kilkenn(...)


At the end of a very special day, they raised their glasses and toasted the future. A good future. One that many Irishmen and wom(...)

Photograph: Paula Connelly/ISPC/Getty

This time last year, when we bit into burgers we were happily unaware of any link between processed beef and horse meat. This changed on January 15th,(...)

Out of the block: James Nolan with his father, Andy, at their shop in Co Kildare. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The horse-meat scandal was revealed on the evening of Tuesday, January 15th, 2013. The next morning the retreat back to the local butcher’s shop began(...)