Alexander (Aleck) Crichton:  May 9th 1918 - April 18th 2017. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Alexander (Aleck) Crichton had a long life but he never wasted a moment. He was a whiskey magnate who served as governor of Bank of Ireland. A second (...)

Police officers  attempt to contain disturbances along the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint area on July 13th, 2015 in Belfast. Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

I was in Belfast last month for the Twelfth “festivities”. It was awful. Those “festivities” were held on a Monday, as the Twelfth this year fell on a(...)

The largest settlement made with the Revenue was by fair and amusement arcade operators Groundview Limited. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

A Dublin-based amusement arcade operator, a Co Sligo farmer and a Dublin company director topped the latest list of tax defaulters.The 107-strong list(...)

Frank O’Reilly (left) at a reception to announce building plans in TCD in 1988 with then  provost Dr WA Watts

Insofar as there is such a thing as “the purple” in Irish Catholic society, then Francis Joseph Charles O’Reilly, known to family, friends and colleag(...)