The 9ft 9 inch mahogany clock went under the hammer  at the Killashee House Hotel in Naas, Co Kildare

A grandfather clock that plays ‘God Save the Queen when wound up, and that was withdrawn from loan to Leinster House, has sold at auction for €115,000(...)

Stephen Rochford: guided Galway club Corofin to an impressive All-Ireland club final success earlier this year.

It will be several weeks before Mayo make any decision on who will manage their football team in 2016 after the recent upheaval, although Stephen Roc(...)

 Jack O’Connor: masterminded three All-Ireland title wins during two stints at the helm of Kerry. Photograph: Inpho

Former Kerry player Ger O’Keeffe suspects Jack O’Connor will return for a third spell as the Kingdom’s senior football team manager. O’Connor, who mas(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was asked four times this morning if he will call the election before Christmas and declined on each occasion to say whether it will take place this year or next.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said his decision on when to call the general election will be “made in the best interests of the country” but declined to sa(...)

Susan Morgan with Aaron (16), Sara (14) and Abu (5) at home in Labasheeda, Co Clare. “We were very lucky to get this beautiful house. I have a big kitchen-dining room, and this big utility room.” Photograph: Eamon Ward

Leaving her council house in Dublin to bring her four children to live in Co Clare was the “best thing” Susan Morgan ever did for her family. She and (...)

Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with 34 Fi(...)

David Larkin sent photographs of a garden spider (above), one of which he took through the web, showing its underside, which had markings quite different from its topside.

I have two nesting boxes in the garden, yet neither of them has ever been used. I have moved them away from the feeding tray, but still to no avail. (...)

A white swallow at Tacumshin from a photograph by Eric Dempsey. Illustration: Michael Viney

If I were going there this weekend – and I’m sorry I’m not, it’s too far – we would end up taking the road from Wexford to Kilmore Quay and then, a(...)

 Karen Browne, Biddy Hughes (marketing director) and Sheelyn Browne. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Sheelyn Browne’s ancestors, including the legendary Grace O’Malley, survived famines and rebellions at the family estate in Westport, which was once d(...)

Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes have announced their decision to stand down as Mayo senior football managers. Photograph: Inpho

Mayo are on the hunt for new management for their senior football team after Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly have bowed to player pressure and resigned. (...)