Research shows that women over 60 have to lift weights more often than younger women to maintain their muscle mass and muscle size. Photograph: Thinkstock

‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” according to Virginia Woolf. To add to that, you cannot grow strong, be str(...)

Roger Casement: although not named in the article, he was responsible for attempting to recruit into the German Irish Brigade

February 5th, 1916 A Times reporter who interviewed exchanged prisoners of war found that many Irish among them had been induced to join the “German(...)

Colm Toibin: ‘I was editor of Magill at 27. I wrote my first novel as a way of keeping the daily business of Garret Fitzgerald and Charlie Haughey and all those stories at bay.’ Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI

Colm Tóibín is not just famous; he has a public persona. The red-framed spectacles that hang round the writer’s neck are not quite so well known as(...)

The February 1945 edition of ‘The Bell’, Ireland’s main intellectual monthly, carried an essay by one Donat O’Donnell on the Irish Independent. The author was described only as having “recently graduated from Trinity College Dublin”. He was, in fact, the young Conor Cruise O’Brien, writing under a pseudonym.

The February 1945 edition of The Bell, Ireland’s main intellectual monthly, carried an essay by one Donat O’Donnell on the Irish Independent. The auth(...)

First steps towards marriage equality: the 1984 Dublin Gay Pride parade

LP Hartley’s novel The Go-Between opens in a wonderfully arresting and thought-provoking way: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differ(...)

Kate O’Brien: “She took on difficult subjects, and the State Censor, in a post-independence Ireland. And she also had a transcendent imagination when required.” Photograph: Sasha / Getty Images

I had to do a crash course in Kate O’Brien a while ago just after re-reading the works of another literary O’Brien: Flann. It was a jarring contras(...)

Kate O’Brien (1897-1974): “Nobody caught the world of the Irish Catholic bourgeoisie as Kate O’Brien did and nobody has caught it since.”  Photograph: Sasha/Getty Images

It was a world of heavy mahogany furniture and the smell of good dinners; of drawing rooms not unlike the convent parlours where they visited their(...)

 Conor Brady on writing The Guarding of Ireland – the Garda Síochána and the Irish State 1960 – 2014: “A big task to research everything that happened over half a century with very few papers available”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. A disturbingly subversive book for an adolescent schoolboy(...)

 Historian  Roy Foster and actress Fiona Shaw at the National Library for a Yeats celebration. Foster spent 18 years researching his WB Yeats biography. Photograph: Alan Betson

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Patricia Lynch’s The Grey Goose of Kilnevin. What was your favourite book as a child?(...)

Frank ryan shown with Spanish anti-fascists in burgos death jail. Photograph: TG4

A small group of Limerick men who fought against Franco and fascism in the Spanish Civil War are to be honoured in their native city next weekend with(...)