Baby John’s grave, in St Cronan’s cemetery in Roscrea. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over five decades dozens of newborns have been abandoned, most recently in 2016

Ryleigh’s outdoor terrace at The Mayson.

Cocktail shakers are the new kettle in the slick rooms in this North Wall Quay hotel

A protest against the manner of a Government move to accomodate asylum seekers at the Achill Head Hotel has been going on for the last few weeks. Photograph: Conor McKeown

24-hour protests continue against the acceptance of asylum seekers on Achill Island

The Department of Justice and Equality signed a three-month contract with the owner of the Achill Head Hotel for the use of the premises for emergency direct provision accommodation. Photograph: Conor McKeown

State is paying for the accommodation while protests prevent 38 asylum seekers moving in

Treasured friend: Forde’s barman Brian Crean with Elaine O’Sullivan and (right) Tony Keane, all of whom were friends of Ritchie Scanlan (centre). Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

How did the body of a man with friends and routines go for so long without being found?

The full Irish fry-up was the single biggest-selling food offering in Dublin Airport over the last year. Photograph: Getty Images/Image Source

For some passengers, the airport’s 40 food outlets are too expensive and limited

  Marie McMahon picks for a customer. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

As a ‘picker’ with a supermarket delivery service Marie McMahon never stops moving

Maria Symonds-Gooding: a green-painted wooden crane for pots and kettles to be heated over an open fire came from the house of Peig Sayers.

Artist Maria Simonds-Gooding settled in Dunquin in the 1960s in a Blasket islander’s cottage

A  flotilla  sails by in  Galway city for Culture Night 2016. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway is struggling with capacity problems and homelessness. A new travel award will not help

Lesley Kehoe and her partner, Gordon Bond, spent six months on the Blaskets. Photograph: E+/Getty

‘People are protective of island life. They said we would attract more tourists’

Mrs Krantz of Minneapolis beams at her apple pie baking in the oven in 1951.

The kitchen was sold as the domain of the woman – with the man paying for everything

Renia’s diary

For decades, Elizabeth could not bring herself to read the diary of her late sister

Samantha Power in Co Kerry. Photograph: Stephen Kelleghan

Obama’s UN ambassador on her traumatic Irish childhood, Trump and ‘that’ interview

A view of Liffey Street Lower,  in Dublin. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Pedestrians and business owners give their views on plans for the new Dublin plaza

 Bridie Higgins and Barbara Carroll  in the garden at Greenpark Nursing Home in  Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Partly, it’s fear of the unknown. We visit a Galway home to see what life inside is like

The Instagram-friendly feature wooden tree, which is encircled with soft seating in Dublin's new €55 million Marlin hotel.

Everything is Insta-ready, from a giant stylised tree to a Vespa and retro phone booth

In Corran, near Leap in west Cork, is a community of two contemplative nuns:  Mother Irene (61), Sister Anne Marie (21). Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Most days, Mother Irene and Sr Anne Marie barely break silence. Today is different

The first Sunday  College Green was closed to traffic and converted into a plaza with crowd control barriers along Dame Street. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Dublin City Council turns traffic-free Sunday into an ‘event’ requiring stern warnings

Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), which he also co-directed and choreographed

Film star's widow on curating her husband's archive, and the 47-year age gap

Sophia O’Brien (5) and Cora Gleason (6) at the Natural History Museum, Merrion Street, Dublin 2. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Natural History Museum displays new exhibition on theme of ‘predator and prey’

Ann Lovett, Joanne Hayes, Majella Moynihan – all victims of the highly conservative society of 1984

Keane’s, one of the colourful fronts in Gort, Co. Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

In 2014, Gort was identified as the place in Ireland hit hardest by the recession

The unmarked grave in Sligo Cemetery where the man who called himself Peter Bargemann is buried. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In Episode 3 of the new Irish Times original podcast, Senior Features Writer Rosita Boland wonders whether a decade-long mystery w(...)

The First Beach at Rosses Point where eyewitness Paula Lahiff saw Peter Bergman walking at sunset on the evening of June 15th, 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In Part 2 of a new Irish Times original podcast, Senior Features Writer Rosita Boland reveals more hidden secrets about the man wh(...)

Ten years ago a man was found dead on Rosses Point beach. Who was he?

A Garda photograph showing still image taken from CCTV of Peter Bergmann in Sligo bus station in June 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In a new Irish Times original podcast, Senior Features Writer Rosita Boland explores in detail the decade-long mystery of a man wh(...)

Rosita Boland in Bangalore, in India: ‘That we go out of our doors in the morning and mostly return unscathed in the evening seems a small daily miracle to me.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Exclusive extract from Elsewhere: One Woman, One Rucksack, One Lifetime of Travel

Actor Saoirse Ronan at Scoil Chaitríona, Drumcondra, Dublin, during a Penguin Talks event for students.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Actor talks feminism, being talked over and saying no with fifth and sixth year students

Margaret Daly in her garden at Lullymore Terrace, Dublin, in 2006. Photograph: Frank Miller

Pen portraits of a wise, no-nonsense PR gem, always with a cigarette and a bag full of books

Yale University, whose alumni include more than 20 Nobel Prize-winners, is located in the gritty city of New Haven, Connecticut. Photograph: iStock

Even my American friends were baffled. ‘What’s there?’ they all asked. A lot, it turns out

In the slums of India, people gather raw materials for a multibillion-euro industry

Niamh Boyce: “I was thinking of women who are sacrificed so that the male establishment can maintain their own illusions. There isn’t a decade that women aren’t dying, because of male laws.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Niamh Boyce on her new novel, historic Irish fiction and modern day witch trials

A newspaper salesman in India organises his stock.  Photograph: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images

Bangalore Letter: The stories informing national debate in The Times of India

“Even though I rent, it feels like home”: Lynsey Black at College Gate apartments. Photograph: Tom Honan

With Dublin's MetroLink threatening their homes, College Gate residents say they are trapped

Monica Lewinsky at Vanity Fair’s Oscar  party last weekend. Photograph: Reuters/Danny Moloshok

The social activist and veteran of political scandal addressed the Talent Summit in Dublin

Marie Mullen and Seán McGinley: ‘We don’t talk about work at home.’ Photograph: Luca Truffarelli

‘The Children’ brings Marie Mullen and her husband on stage together for first time in 27 years

Aoife Abbey:  author of Seven Signs of Life. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

How do you tell someone they’ve less than a 6% chance of survival?

Walter Sekules, who was held in Soviet  camps during the second World War, pictured with his sisters Leah and Ruth (right) in 1948 after arriving to Ireland. Copy photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Walter Sekules and his family resettled in Northern Ireland after second World War

Mary Dillon, Greg Kennedy and Marie Galvin. Photograph: Tom Honan

‘I was in Africa for 54 years and not one person in Ireland has asked about it’

Elizabeth O’Kelly aged 30. Photograph Tom Honan/courtesy Maynooth University

The little-known Irish woman who left millions to charity had a life of privilege and tragedy

Josepha Madigan: “I don’t think we embrace culture in the way they do in some other countries, particularly with younger children.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Minister for Culture discusses arts funding, Galway 2020 and her own writing ambitions

 Ray Mooney  beside a snooker table which sometimes becomes a dining area  in one of the two billiards rooms in the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club could be a boutique hotel. The Kildare Street and University Club, a few doors down, is more se(...)

Noel Fitzpatrick with his dog Keira, his ’closest friend”.

Noel Fitzpatrick on his heroes, getting on with animals, and Pringles’ part in his success

Photograph for Rosita Boland story - Ballinasloe travellers. Martin Cawley on a  site at a rural location outside Ballinasloe,Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy. 1/11/2018

Casey’s comments verbalised what people think, say those close to the community

Bernard Loughlin: boldly expressive in every way – in opinion, in heart, in his love for his family

Rosita Boland recalls the thoughtful, irreverent, hilarious director of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre

Eoin McNamee: “I don’t see it as a crime novel at all.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The author on the Co Down second World War airbase that haunts his novel The Vogue

Chester Beatty Library: Simurgh rescues Zal in an ink-and-gold illustration from the Iranian epic The Book of Kings. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It’s 50 years since the philanthropist’s extraordinary donation. Now his library is showcasing its treasures

Alice Leahy: “I grew up in a community where we all looked out for each other. So I decided I would like to get back to working more with people.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Campaigner for the homeless on her memoir, poverty and books with a happy ending

Sharon Tate: murdered by followers of Charles Manson in 1969 when she was over eight months pregnant. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Exhibition of Manson murder victim Sharon Tate's clothes is ‘honouring her memory’, says museum

(L to R) Minister for Local Government Eoghan Murphy, Creative Ireland director Tania Banotti, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan at the launch of Local Authority Culture and Creativity Strategies 2018 - 2022 in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Wednesday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times.

Cultural strategies for local authority include skills exchange involving Syrian refugees

Esi Edugyan: “With any historical novel, the language of that era has to be reflected in the text. You can’t sanitise language.”

Esi Edugyan talks about her novel, 'Washington Black', set around a 19th-century plantation

Postman Paul Mullaney collects the final post on the last day of business at Ballindine post office. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Rosita Boland witnesses the final day of the local post office in Ballindine, Co Mayo - pop. 349

Kilkenny Arts Festival presents the world premiere production of a new Festival commission The Lightkeepers’ Last Stand, a free aerial circus show for all ages by the awe-inspiring Loosysmokes, one of Ireland’s leading modern circus companies. Photograph: Pat Moore

Evan Davis gave the annual Hubert Butler lecture at Kilkenny Arts Festival. Other highlights included a gaze-activated dress

The  Seabourn Quest at anchor in Killybegs, Co Donegal

The buses are waiting and local craftspeople have set out their wares when the big liners come calling

Singer and songwriter David Kitt: said he can no longer afford to live in his home town

What happens when a city becomes too expensive to sustain its creative community? David Kitt’s remarks about Dublin’s high rents h(...)

Vox Motus ‘Flight’ at the  Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Drew Farrell

Galway International Arts Festival review: President’s address, and hit show ‘Flight’

A view of the road between Letterkenny and Derry. Photograph: Jerome Keeney

The county is experiencing an epidemic of road safety issues, with tragic results

Chris Connolly: won the Tom-Gallon Trust prize of £1,000 (€1,121) for his short story, The Speed of Light and How it Cannot Help Us

Belfast poet Stephen Sexton takes award for poets under 30

Leaving Cert blowout:  Magaluf’s “Strip” is a frenetic neon-lit street lined with lap-dancing clubs, tattoo parlours, bars, clubs and fast-food restaurants. Photograph: Tomeu Coll

What really goes on in the Majorcan resorts? Drinking, drinking and more drinking

Irish-born Stanley Townsend will perform Incantata next month at the Galway Arts Festival. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Paul Muldoon’s long poem in memory of his former partner is premiering as a theatre piece at the Galway Arts Festival with a perfo(...)

Songbirds sent to Richard Manliffe Barrington which are now housed at the Collections Resource Centre in Swords.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The 19th-century ornithologist who hit upon a novel way of tracking bird migration

Trentino on the northern part of Lake Garda.

Food markets, petrol pumps of wine and coffee all part of the Italian experience

Virtually everyone has been here several times, or will return. Clear-cut cases are rare

Ann Lovett’s boyfriend: Ricky McDonnell. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ann Lovett died in 1984 after giving birth at a grotto in Granard, Co Longford – a tragedy that continues to resonate. Here, Ann’s(...)

Student James Ruffley serving an amuse bouche at GMIT’s Galway campus. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The GMIT training restaurant gives culinary students a chance to perfect their skills

Muriel Slevin and her son Morgan D’Arcy have been living  in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin since 2014.   Now 16, Morgan is due to be discharged, but they have nowhere to go. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Muriel Slevin has lived with her ill son in hospital since 2014. He is due out but they have nowhere to go

The grotto where 15-year-old Ann Lovett died after giving birth to her stillborn baby. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The 15-year-old who died after giving birth at a grotto in Granard would have turned 50 in April

Aran jumper: Grace Kelly and Steve McQueen

It is said the stitches in Aran jumpers were like unique family crests. Could this be true?

Irish fashion designer Sybil Connolly at her Dublin fashion house in 1965. The key to entertaining was “staff”, she said. Photograph: Getty Images

A book published in 1996 gave insights as to how the great and good of Ireland entertained

The National Wax Work Museum Dublin featuring the all-male Irish writers’ area. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Nine dead male Irish writers and no women – but Marian Keyes and Maeve Binchy are on a shortlist

Volunteer tour guide Noleen Bryan during the Azure Tour conversation in art, dementia-friendly tours in Chester Beatty Library, with Michael and Kay Coll and Gregory and Úna Barrett. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A tour at the Chester Beatty uses artefacts as a visual springboard into past events

Marc O’Leary:  a serial rapist who stalked and attacked a series of women  until he was caught in 2011

This true crime book about a serial rapist – to be made into a Netflix series – is an important piece of reporting but it fails to(...)

Frank Murphy of Lily May’s cafe in Moate, Co Westmeath: “For Moate, the downturn came at the same time as the bypass.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

10 years after Moate was bypassed, finding parking is easy. Running a business is not

The District Court in Virginia, Co Cavan, sits four times a month before Judge Denis McLoughlin. Photograph: Garrett White

Assault, drink-driving, parents who do not talk ... It’s all in a day’s work for the District Court

The Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Tipperary, which was mother and baby home operated by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from 1930 to 1970. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

At least 200 people adopted from Ireland to the US in the 1940s-1960s fear for their future

Neil Paul,  manager of Books@One, Louisbourgh, Co Mayo. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

You outline what a community bookshop could do for the rural towns you live in

Peig Sayers: her mournful memoir was required reading for a generation of Irish school students. Photograph courtesy of University College Dublin

The Blasket Island storyteller received visitors in a Dublin hospital 66 years ago today

Louisburgh, Co Mayo, has a population of 434. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Books@One, a community initiative, has the potential to reinvigorate Irish towns

“It’s glaringly obvious to us that Milly was set adrift, as were we.” Above, Fiona and Tim Tuomey. Photograph: Tom Honan

The parents of Milly Tuomey (11) want a suicide prevention body to be established

Fiona and Tim Tuomey are continuing to campaign for the establishment of an independent Suicide Prevention Authority. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Response ‘would have warranted an immediate assessment, treatment and support’

Good Neighbours: ‘When I came out of the house later that day, there was an offering of fuel at my back door’

The kindness of neighbours: Fuel for the fire and a hundred chats over the wall

Joyti Singh, who was fatally assaulted by six men on a bus in Delhi. Photographs: Arkaprava Ghosh / Barcroft India via Getty Images and Natisha Mallick

The death of the New Delhi student sparked a wave of protest but her parents say the situation for women is now worse

Gheorghe Filip from Romania making hand-made Christmas cards  at the Mendicity Institute. The cards will   go on sale this Sunday at the Mendicity Institute Christmas Market.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Up to 50 homeless men from eastern Europe avail of Mendicity Institution’s services

Trevor Deely who disappeared in Dublin 17 years ago

‘You can’t tell us a story about Trevor that we haven’t heard,’ says his brother Mark

Spike Island: its rivals include the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the Great Wall of China and Mount Kilimanjaro

Next week, Spike Island in Co Cork could be named world’s best tourist attraction. Is it?

The Ingalls family in the TV series ‘Little House on the Prairie’

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s oeuvre of a pioneer family had a flexible relationship with truth

Zita Psi  members in College Park, Trinity College, from the fraternity’s Facebook page, which stopped posting new content in 2015

Theta Omnicron, a 100-strong fraternity, is unknown even to most current students

The home of Jimmy   O’Neill (left) and his wife Kathleen, on Manor Road in Mountmellick, after the floodwater receded. “My wife wants us to move back in, but how can we? And if we fix it all up, what happens next week, next month or next year?” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Householder asks: ‘If we fix it all up, what happens next week, next month or next year?’

Home-economics students Nicola Murphy, Eimear Lacey and Louise Brennan, making pasta at the food science lab at St Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Co. Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Food month: Once aimed at home-makers, the subject now targets a wide range of students with focus on balanced diets and food labe(...)

Mark and Sue Gilnagh with their children from left; Mary, Emma, Michael and Daniel, at their home in Ballybrittas, Co Laois. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Being a living kidney donor to his wife `scares the bejaysus’ out of Mark Gilnagh

Volunteers Deborah Rodden, Christine Murphy, Sandra Taylor, Emer Curran and Damien Fagan at the food bank in Boyle. Photograph: Brian Farrell

An ad-hoc food bank at the Boyle Family Resource centre has seen a surge in demand from local families and beyond

Part panto, part theatre, part medieval-themed cabaret, the banquet at Bunratty Castle has been serving visitors since 1963. So ho(...)

Olivia O’Leary: “I go in, I do my column, and I bugger off. I’m at that age where the internal politics of RTÉ don’t interest me anymore.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The broadcaster shares her thoughts on grief and regret, politics and poetry with Rosita Boland

The ethos of Open House is to celebrate exceptional architecture and make it accessible to the general public.

Homeowners on opening their houses to the public for the architectural festival

A ‘Missing’ poster of Trevor Deely near what was then a Bank of Ireland at Baggot Street and Haddington Road in 2000. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

After six hopeful weeks, investigation in Chapelizod fails to bring closure to 17-year campaign

The Armagh Food and Cider Festival celebrates the produce from 40,000 acres of orchards in the county, most of them in one fairly small region south of Armagh city

With more than 40,000 acres of orchards, Armagh is well stocked for its annual food and cider festival

Living with schizophrenia: Nicola Wall with her husband, Kieran. Photograph: Keith Sullivan

Nicola Wall and Brian Scallan share their experiences of a widely misunderstood disorder

Anna May McHugh pictured at  the National Ploughing Association’s headquarters in Ballylynan in Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

National Ploughing Association director Anna May McHugh looks back on her 66-year career

Denise and David Heather in their store which specialises in outsized shoes at Arran Quay, Dublin which is now closing down. Photographs: Bryan O’Brien

David and Denise Heather’s retirement marks the loss of another independent store

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