The new dahlia garden in Aras an Uachtarain, which contains several Irish-bed cultivars include Dahlia ‘John Markham’. Photograph: Richard Johnston

What does it feel like to have a plant named after you? Someone who knew the answer to that question was the late John Markham, the greatly respect(...)

 Maureen Smith with her son Seán and grandson Noah (12) at Sandymount, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Children’s “freedom to roam” has completely changed over the years. They are now more supervised than ever before and their timetables and activities (...)

The Taste of Greystones Regatta is now in its third year. Photograph: David O’Brien.

There’s little evidence of recession at Ireland’s newest keelboat sailing centre where this weekend’s Taste Of Greystones Sailing Regatta has attract(...)

Historically a view was sought for strategic motives: a dominant position could allow sight of intruders or enemies approaching from a distance. Toda(...)

Adrian Hopkins admitted four previous shipments of arms from Libya for the IRA. He skipped bail in France but was arrested in Ireland in 1990 and in 1991 was sentenced to eight years in prison, five of which were suspended.

The daughter of the skipper of a ship that smuggled IRA arms from Libya to Ireland in the 1980s described him as “an adventurer and a risk-taker” at (...)

 Barry Corcoran (39),  from Wicklow Town, who was last seen on the morning of  July 6th last in Ballyfermot. Photographs:  Colin Keegan/Collins

No trace has yet been discovered of a man who went missing at the beginning of July. Barry Corcoran (39), from Wicklow town, was last seen in Ballyfe(...)

Educate Together says more than 250 children  are expecting to start their second-level education in the planned schools in Dublin and Cork next year. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The opening of four new Educate Together secondary schools, due in September 2016, is being “seriously disrupted” as the Department of Education has (...)

Only 13,000 houses built in last 12 months , according to the State’s Geodirectory database.

Only 13,000 new homes were built in the 12 months to July, far below what is needed to tackle the Republic’s housing shortage, figures released on Tue(...)

Nocino is an Italian liqueur made from green, unripe walnuts steeped in spirit for several months. Photograph: Richard Johnston

While I’d love to gleefully claim that my garden has been awash with a glut of tasty, home-grown, organic produce all summer long, the truth is tha(...)

Seán Haughey and Deirdre Heney:  The former junior minister  lost the Dublin Bay North selection convention to Dublin city councillor Deirdre Heney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A meeting of senior Fianna Fáil strategists next weekend is to begin finalising the party’s approach to candidates and tickets for the general electi(...)