Brendan Behan letter: the writer sent a note to Conradh na Gaeilge from what is now Theatre Royal Stratford East, the producer Joan Littlewood’s London theatre

A letter from Brendan Behan, a ballot paper with Michael Collins among the candidates, and correspondence relating to Douglas Hyde, Patrick Pearse and(...)

The total homeless population in August this year was 8,270, compared with 8,160 in July and 6,611 in August last year. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of homeless children across the State has risen above 3,000 for the first time, latest figures from the Department of Housing show. The m(...)

Bord na Móna’s exit from peat, including making briquettes, had to be carefully planned, head of business transformation Joe Lane said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The semi-State energy company Bord na Móna has defended its plan to continue using peat for electricity generating up to 2030 in spite of its impact i(...)

Stephen Rochford: is expected to confirm he will remain with Mayo for a third year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Just two counties have yet to appoint football managers for 2018. A number of appointments made this week have filled most of the remaining vacancie(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy battles with Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea. Next summer brings the promise of more top-drawer clashes between the country’s top eight sides. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo heartbroken. Dublin history-makers. What a final, the standard of Gaelic football is better than ever. Over the concluding eight weekends of thi(...)

Students at St Cronans Boys’ National School, Bray, Co Wicklow, taking part in a Music Generation class. From left: Tutor Tim Doyle, Casey Earls, Ultan Moran, Ronan Hogan, Luke Shiel, Christopher Jensen and Alex Coogan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The old Lynyrd Skynyrd standard Sweet Home Alabama is a rewarding song for aspiring young guitarists to tackle. Built around a basic three-chord struc(...)

Catriona and John Carley with children Maebh (8) and Emily (10).  Photograph: Sean Dunne

Brexit is one of the greatest issues facing farming families in Ireland, according to concerned farmers who visited the Ploughing Championships in Co (...)

Saturday’s Sligo Global Kitchen at the Model Art Gallery, where lunch was cooked by Syrian refugees based in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

If music really is the food of love, then so too is Ozzi, Fattoush and Baba ghanoush, especially when cooked up in Sligo by a group of enthusiastic Sy(...)

Diversions are in place at the scene of a road crash in Co Roscommon. Photograph: Frank Miller

A man has died following a road crash in Co Roscommon on Sunday morning. The man, aged in his 20s, was the sole occupant of the van involved in the (...)

A 24-hour breakdown and recovery service had to be dispatched on a total of 203 occasions during 2016 in response to callouts from stranded emergency ambulances

HSE ambulances broke down and required roadside assistance more than 200 times last year, new figures have revealed. A 24-hour breakdown and recovery(...)