‘I would always have them as puppies. But I am 74 now; there’s a possibility I could die first, before the dogs. That’s why I got a four-year-old and not a pup.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Charlie was looking for companionship, but why did he find dogs easier than people?

What is community life in rural Ireland today? Clodagh and Eilís Griffin from Ennis at the Fleadh 2016 in Ennis. Photograph: Eamon Ward

The Harvard anthropologists Conrad Arensberg and Solon Kimball came to Ireland in the 1930s to study rural communities in Co Clare(...)

‘Once January is over, is it back then to whatever levels of alcohol consumption the participant likes?’   Photograph: Getty Images

‘It also confirms what I (as someone sober for more than 10 years) have long suspected: that we stigmatise sobriety far more than (...)

Bill Malone seen with camera equipment  on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand three months after the tsunami hit.

Bill Malone recalls that December 26th on Khao Lak started out as the ’perfect day’

Another life: Brian O’Connell. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

In Ireland it's hard to be an emotionally open man. Wherever the key lies, it's not in drink

Paul Markham  dancing in the kitchen  in his home in the west Clare village of  Kilmurry McMahon. Photograph by Eamon Ward

Paul Markham lives in a rambling house in Kilmurry McMahon, west Clare

Refugees: a young girl walks through the tent settlement in Bekaa. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Imagine as many people as live in Dublin suddenly arriving in Ireland, seeking food and shelter. That’s what has happened in Leban(...)

Anna May McHugh: “In terms of interior design, I just like to keep it as nice as I can.” Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Anna May McHugh, who is in her 70s, lives on a farm with her husband John. “ I have no notion of ever leaving here. The only way I(...)

Dermot Bannon: “You can get caught up worrying about not having enough space . . . Life happens in a heartbeat and I’m more into enjoying it than worrying about more space.” Photograph: Eric Luke

‘We like our house, but it’s not amazing at all’

Paul Colton, Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross in the dining room of the Bishop’s Palace. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

It seems like a gift straight from heaven – a Georgian house on four acres right in the middle of the city - but living in a tithe(...)

A Lahinch Surf Experience van is submerged in several feet of water at the promenade in Lahinch, Co Clare. Photograph: Press 22

Losing a van to flooding was an experience one new firm could have done without

Home comforts

The ideal gifts for anyone spending Christmas away from the auld sod

Karen McDonnell (left) in France,

Three women tell of their weird and wonderful Christmas experiences away from home

Midleton College, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Protestant fee-charging secondary schools feel under attack. Staff and parents object to the charge of elitism and believe that fo(...)

Artist John Kelly with a piece from one of his Cow Up a Tree series

Artist John Kelly is having a close brush with an inhospitable environment for the next three months

Mesmerizing Eyes: Pawel Pentlinowski’s photograph came sixth in the portrait category last year

We’re offering prizes of €1,000 each for best photographer and best photograph

Clare hurling fan Leo McGough pictured near his home in Carlow at the Brownshill Dolmen. Leo is holding a match programme from the Cork-Clare match in 1978, his lucky hurley and a t-shirt from the 1995 Clare All-Ireland homecoming. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan.

Carlow native Leo McGough is about as fanatical as it gets when it comes to Clare hurling

Tracey Kennedy at Pobalscoil na Tríonóide in Youghal, Co Cork. “There is really only me and our sponsor liaison officer [in Cork GAA] who are female. We don’t have a huge representation with our senior teams.” Photograph: Provision

Secondary school teacher becomes Cork GAA’s first female public relations officer

Fr Harry Bohan: “When I hear what goes into preparing a Clare team now, I find it mind-boggling.” Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

Former hurling manager Fr Harry Bohan is watching Clare’s season unfold as a fan

Physio Declan O’Sullivan: “I want to make sure they all get through the week and are presentable on Sunday.” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork hurling team physiotherapist is working hard to get the team ready

Amanda Burke and Jonathan Powell at All Things Connemara, in Clifden, Co Galway

Tourists seeking advice are often sent to the amateur tour guide for advice, directions and the kind of expertise guidebooks canno(...)

Let freedom ring: Martin Luther King jnr at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th, 1963. Photograph: AP Photo

Martin Luther King’s speech at the March on Washington in August 1963 helped change a country. Barack Obama has been voted the bes(...)

Author Enda Murphy Photograph: Alan Betson

A new book gives five coping strategies to recognise and resist the triggers that cause anxiety and to break the cycle of the purs(...)

Head lifeguard Seamus O’Riain at Spanish Point Beach, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Irish lives: woodwork teacher Séamus O Riain spends his summers as a coastguard in Clare

This retreat off the coast of west Cork isn’t just great for swimming and fishing: it has a rumoured Viking burial ground, a hidde(...)

For the past 15 years, the fashion designer has been drawn back again and again to Kenmare and its ever-changing scenery, welcomin(...)

Lucinda Creighton has suggested that dialectical behaviour therapy, or DBT, could be used to treat women who are pregnant and feeling suicidal.Photograph: Laura Hutton

Most people have never heard of the therapy a TD prescribed for pregnant women

Ruairi McKiernan, founder of Spunout, on Green Road in Sligo as he hitch-hikes around Ireland. Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell8

Ruairí McKiernan is thumbing his way around the country to get ‘a citizen’s view of Ireland’ as research for his upcoming MacGill (...)

According to author and counsellor Anne Morshead, detachment is the only thing that stops an addict’s behaviour

Cancer patient Aodh Rua: “I’m the one guy in the chemo ward not getting sick and moaning about the horrible treatment. I wish the rest of those beside me could feel the same but we are limited by the law.” Photograph: Provision

Users believe cannabis – most popular with higher socioeconomic groups – is now socially acceptable, and most people would like it(...)

Each summer the Bandon-born TV presenter and comedian spends more than two months at his home in Ahakista, close to Bantry in West(...)

Investment may be problematic if we “have an environment that is very, very anti-alcohol”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Pressures being exerted on government over its proposed public health policies

President Kennedy addresses the people of New Ross. Photograph: Robert Knudsen, White House/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

Memories of a day with JFK include a dry wit and an invitation to the White House, recalls Statia O’Leary

President Kennedy with the then mayor of Limerick Frances Condell

Alan Condell describes the time his mother Frances, then mayor, insisted JFK visit Limerick

New Ross choir members who sang for President Kennedy before they travelled to the US in 1964 to sing on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Victor Furness was one of 600 children chosen to sing for JFK in New Ross – and among 21 selected to sing ‘The Boys of Wexford’ on(...)

Pat Poland, in the middle of the back row, with fellow AFS members who performed fire protection duties during President Kennedy’s helicopter take-off from Marina Park (now Kennedy Park), Cork, in June 1963.

Pat Poland remembers the day he and his comrades in the AFS were tasked with protecting the president

Godfrey Graham  felt the visit to his ancestral home at Dunganstown was the most incredible part he filmed for RTÉ.

Godfrey Graham filmed the visit for RTÉ in his first assignment as a cameraman and he recalls the electricity generated between JF(...)

Very Rev Paul Draper at the newly renovated Cotton Library in St Carthage’s Cathedral , Lismore, Co Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

A largely forgotten library in Lismore that has some rare and historical gems opens its doors this weekend

David Bowie and Paul McCartney are rumoured to have stayed in this Clonakilty home, which has been owned by two musicians, while t(...)

The White House in Rosscarbery is a substantial home commissioned by a rector in the 1920s, while David Bowie and Paul McCartney a(...)

Clare winner: the sun sets over Kilkee. Photograph: Alan Betson

This week Loop Head peninsula, in Co Clare, won the ‘Irish Times’ Best Place to Holiday in Ireland award. Why, and how, did it cli(...)

Flowers at the spot where Josef Pavelka was found dead in Ennis. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Was enough done to help a man who slept in a public toilet before he died?

Simon Bush of Sightsavers has dedicated his career to eradicating diseases such as river blindness

The Man in the Woman's Shoes

Mikel Murfi takes to the road with one-man show based on the stories of older people

The opening of the Lime Tree Theatre was seen as a positive development, but its sole remit is not to develop or support local artists

The arts community in Limerick is in crisis, thanks to cuts and closures, so how will the city live up to its city of culture stat(...)

Kids these days: with high levels of digital usage within families, there can be problems defining non-digital time. Photograph: Anders Andersson/Getty

Toddlers have tantrums when denied access to the iPad. Professionals never switch off from work. Couples forgo their smartphones o(...)

Extraordinary attention to detail and striking views of Cork harbour make this five-bedroomed property quite unique

The Coach House has a Mediterranean feel but the most eye-catching aspect of the property is the five acres of gardens

What does it take for modern man to survive a night in a ringfort? An umbrella, a microwave and an iPhone

Limerick coding and gaming event hopes to counter cyberbullying among young people

Irish project aims to give children of Kolkata slums what they most desire; an address

Biggest growth area in sales under ¤250,000

Rugby pundit and broadcaster George Hook, who has had gout for 15 years, says it’s a pain like no other. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

Gout is caused by excess uric acid in the body

John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh, Self-employed (53)

Nominee: Garrett Lombard. photographs: steffan hill and catherine ashmore

The four nominees for Best Actor at the 'Irish Times' Irish Theatre Awards talk about their acting lives and their futures

Cahalan during her stay in hospital.

Susannah Cahalan found herself in a hospital with no memory of how she got there, or why

Anthony Brady struts his stuff (image modified to avoid identification of subject).

‘As soon as the weekend hits, I get the tan and the thong on and I’m out the door,” says 29-year-old stripper Anthony Brady. …

Orla Kelleher, executive director of the Aisling Irish Community Center in Woodlawn, New York

Recent moves on immigration reform have given hope to the Irish community

When debt collector Anthony Kelly first moved to the picturesque village of Kilfinane in Co Limerick, he had to work to earn …

The female race

Do laps while learning lines, be brave and don't laugh at dodgy accents: the year's best actresses on their acclaimed roles

Durrus, west Cork €350,000: Almost every weekend for the last seven years, Ben Frow, former director of programming at TV3 and…

Following the Christmas period, many children’s bedrooms may look like mini digital hubs, with all sorts of new televisions, …

Kate O’Mahony (22) graduated as a nurse last December and is coming to the end of a temporary position at the Mater hospital …

Liam Heylin drew on his court reports and interviews with inmates for his latest play – so how did it go down when he brought…

Since his son Rory died of sepsis, Ciarán Staunton has raised awareness about the condition

When severe flooding struck last June, bar owner Peter Collins was tucked up asleep

In June, economist Richard Tol had a public spat with his former employers at the Economic and Social Research Institute

When a group of friends, all graduates of the University of Limerick, decided to join the masses supporting the Irish team at…

A selection of people assess their haul of Christmas presents, and share their accounts of December 25th

Reflecting on an eventful year, the model Rosanna Davison discusses posing for ‘Playboy’, the mini-marathon mini-controversy …

A funeral ceremony struck a chord with a businessman who changed career path

Building a panto set doesn’t involve a trip down the rabbit hole, but it does take a lot of time – and a …

IRISH LIVES: Champion grower Christy Kavanagh is working flat out until Christmas

An organisation in Cork is combating homelessness by helping people find work

IRISH LIVES A series on how we live Marchers want to highlight opposition to emigration forced by cuts

Cork City Ballet's 'The Sleeping Beauty' opens tonight, and its artistic director Alan Foley has bet his house on its success

Farm pay-off

A decision not to cash in on her uncle’s farm in 2004 looks to have paid literary dividends for Irish writer Selina Guinness. …

Irish lives: ‘Presidency seminars’ aim to tease out Ireland’s youth view

Irish lives: ‘Presidency seminars’ aim to tease out Ireland’s youth view

Cork €2.2 million: This glebe house on Blackrock Road in Cork is for sale for only the second time since it was built in 1878…

Campaigners say gay marriage would enable complete equality of status

SEXUAL AWARENESS: The stigma of HIV/Aids is painful and the reason awareness campaigns are needed

Recovering well

Why do people travel from all over the country to a fresh water well in Co Kerry?

The news this week that Joe Brolly’s donation of a kidney had failed drew attention to amazing acts of generosity that take place…

STATELY HOMES: A new book documenting the social, political and architectural history of more than 20 rural houses and castles…

GARDAÍ HAVE said they were “overwhelmed” by the large crowds that turned out in Dublin to celebrate Arthur’s Day on Thursday …

A Cork artist’s animated shorts, uploaded for a laugh, have become an internet sensation

Keeping care in the home

A pilot project is looking at new ways to support Alzheimer’s sufferers in Tipperary

OPINION: JUST INSIDE the entrance to RTÉ’s bureau in Westminster is a large sign listing the national broadcaster’s vision, …

FROM EXPLORING how to turn everyday rubbish into art to tracing your ancestry or learning how to dance a set, there’s a real …

The recent deaths of two men in Kinsale highlight the wide availability of new synthetic drugs

Rev Sun Myung Moon, who founded the Unification Church, died this week


Offaly Tomorrow and Sunday, The Irish Game and Country Fair takes place at Birr Castle and showcases country sports and rural…

David Bassett is director of Xtreme.ie , which is an adventure park in Balbriggan.

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