Take Me Home is a well-stocked wool shop run by husband and wife Aine and Sean Carey

When you say “Dundrum” these days, most people associate it with a large self-contained destination shopping centre. But Dundrum was a proper s(...)

Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea, in Valletta’s Grand Harbour on Monday,  April 20th, 2015. Some  700 migrants were feared dead after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean. Photograph:  REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Last September, photographer Frank Miller and I spent a week in Sicily reporting for The Irish Times on the story of Mediterranean boat migration. We (...)

James Brohan’s hardware shop sits on Parnell Steet in Ennis and offers all you would need to maintain a house

Ennis in Co Clare is my home town, so I’m always curious as to what new things are happening there. Forget Me Not on Lower Market Street is a clothes (...)

Declan Molloy outside his Artisan Bakery in Roscommon town

We’d all love a great café in our neighbourhood. And a bakery. And a deli. The people of Roscommon town are lucky enough to have all three under one r(...)

“What makes us stand out from the rest is that we offer stock that nobody else has. We have to be doing something different”:   Jimmy Redmond of Redmonds off-licence in Ranelagh

There’s been a Redmonds on Ranelagh Road in Dublin 6, near the triangle, since 1943. It was originally a grocery, run by Mary and Jim Redmond. “Eve(...)

James O’Halloran of Adam’s Auctioneers valuing the objects that were purchased as part of our Five Go on a Treasure Hunt series. Photograph: Alan Betson 4:03

You have finally got around to clearing the attic. While leafing through yellowing copies of An Claidheamh Soluis and The Illustrated London News s(...)

David Norris: said it was clear that Alan Shatter and Martin Callinan should resign “for the moral welfare and decency of political standards in this country”.

There were sharp exchanges in the Seanad when Independent Senator David Norris said it was time the Minister for Justice and Garda Commissioner(...)

Preparing to inject cattle. From left are students Lisa Foley from Meath, Alison Smith, Wexford, Liam McWey from Kilkenny and Seán Gorman, Laois. Photograph: Patrick Browne

There are 131 first-year students enrolled in the Certificate of Agriculture course at the Teagasc-run Kildalton College, Co Kilkenny. Kildalton is(...)

David Curley, office clerk at Gort Mart, sorting cattle identity stamps before the auction. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The former mart at Gort in Co Galway used to be in the town centre, but it got too small. There’s now a supermarket where the old mart was, and the ne(...)

Front Square: Trinity College Dublin in the 1980s. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

In my first week at Trinity College Dublin, in 1983, I was politely accosted at Front Arch one day by an enthusiastic woman with enormous glasses and (...)