Vincent Carton: “Businesses are there to change and develop, and if one set of owners can’t develop it then it’s only right that someone else develops it.” Photograph: Barry Cronin

“I love that we can bring value to rural Ireland,” says Vincent Carton as we wash our hands for the umpteenth time at Manor Farm’s vast chicken proces(...)

Art from Rita Duffy’s exhibition The Souvenir Shop

Visiting Rita Duffy in her studio, the Old Courthouse in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, I am greeted by the artist, in her paint-spattered apron, with a dim(...)

The Rotunda’s chief librarian Anne O’Byrne prepares for the exhibition. “All of human life was here,” she says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Easter Monday, 1916. As the bullets ricocheted between the pillars of the GPO on O’Connell Street, you could hear the screaming. No one had been shot(...)

Dr Garret FitzGerald: in July 1985,  he received a letter written in French about “le film pornographic Hail Mary” was sent, from Knock, Co Mayo. His private secretary asked: “Should we reply in English, French or not at all?”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Concerns that a sex-shop chain would open branches in the Republic prompted strongly worded letters to Charlie Haughey and Garret FitzGerald from the(...)

Farming organisations are urging their members to use their votes in the forthcoming referendums. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The leading farming and rural organisations are not making recommendations on how their members should vote in the referendums on marriage equality a(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell: suggested “accident-free days” notices

Leading GAA figures should be used to promote farm safety, the Seanad public consultation committee has heard. The committee also heard suggestions f(...)

Muintir na Tíre chief executive Niall Garvey said it was amazing that there was no national policy for rural Ireland.  “There have been white papers, strategies and so on, but there is no national policy as to where we see rural Ireland, what we think it should be like, how we get there and what are the services needed to support that. Where is the line in the sand beyond which we are not going to cut any more of those services?” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

An alliance of organisations has vowed to make rural Ireland an election issue as their Save Rural Ireland campaign gets off the ground.Muintir na Tír(...)

Dóirín Ó Murchú: reporter, writer, historian and musician

Dóirín Mhic Mhurchú, who has died aged 84, was a regular voice on Raidió na Gaeltachta through the 70s and 80s. She reported on matches around Waterfo(...)

Gerry King (left) from Dunleer, Co Louth, ploughing in the senior horse section, watched by his son Gerard  at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Eric Luke

There is nothing like this. Nothing. Here, you get the real deal. This is the mood your vintage oilcloth artisan types strive to evoke in their carefu(...)

Working life: Lucy Carty, in Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

In conversation with Rosita Boland: Lucy Carty, 103, was born in May 1910, the eldest of nine children. Only one of her siblings survives. Her (...)