Joan and Aideen Goggin  with passengers on a Cork bus demanding that   a tradition of bus drivers dressing as Santa be reinstated. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

With a fitting sense of Festive timing, the 130 was stuck in traffic at Newcomen Bridge the same time as Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney was ringi(...)

 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.  Photo:  Owen Humphreys/PA

Having spent over 40 years logging the failures of dead certs and sure things, Vinny Fitzpatrick felt he’d become immune to sport’s capacity to spring(...)

Christmas trees awaiting  a good home. Photo: Bart Maat/EPA

Business was brisk, so brisk that Vinny Fitzpatrick was reminded of the old gag about money growing on trees. On this crisp Saturday morning, it certa(...)

The late Dessie Hughes: “Dessie was Dessie to everyone, from the well-heeled to the down at heel and all those in between.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It was late on Sunday, and not a sound was stirring in Mount Prospect Avenue, when Vinny Fitzpatrick cracked.The sneaky break-out kind of crept up on(...)

The new-look Darren Clarke shows the fruits of his fitness regime. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

As the star attraction of the night entered the room, tall, tanned and toned, Vinny Fitzpatrick sank his bulging buttocks a little lower in his seat a(...)

Water charge protesters from Dublin gather in front of the GPO last week.  Photo: Barbara Lindberg.

As a rising tide of self-loathing swept over him, Vinny Fitzpatrick felt like a cork drifting helplessly in storm-tossed waters.He was drifting toward(...)

“We’re about to ramp up the installation of water meters on the northside, specifically the working-class areas, which you drive through every day,” said Tabitha.   Photograph: Alan Betson

For the seven o’clock rendezvous with Tabitha Tregoning in Stoker’s wine bar in Fairview on Monday, Vinny Fitzpatrick was early, which was not unusual(...)

“Vinny had first cried foul over the upheaval made on the pavement outside the house by the meter installation folk.”

Like Johnny Turk in the ballad, Waltzing Matilda, Vinny Fitzpatrick was ready; oh, he primed himself well. When the representative from Irish Water ca(...)

Everton’s Aiden McGeady: “Capable of lighting up any game, the Glaswegian conjurer could also vanish down a tunnel by the corner flag at the start of games”. Photograph: Getty Images.

After the storms, the traffic was backed up on the Clontarf Road on Monday morning to the extent that the 130, like many other Dublin Bus routes, was (...)

The USA’s Webb Simpson on the first tee during day one of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA.

As the Ryder Cup battle heightened in Gleneagles, a quintet of middle-aged European fans sat huddled by a telly in The Wee Dram pub in Auchterarder, n(...)