Big Wheel at Adventure Land, in Bundoran, Co Donegal. Photograph: James Connolly/The Irish Times

The Donegal town is enjoying an unexpected tourist boom in the wake of lockdown

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nigel ‘Nidge’ Delaney in Love/Hate

From Nidge and Connell Waldron to Gretta Conroy, Rashers Tierney and Pegeen Mike

Lady Rosse at Birr Castle. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Held by the same family for centuries, the Castle is full of treasures and oddities

The cover story about the ‘naturist movement’ was by journalist Jeananne Crowley, with photographs by Tom Lawlor

Magazine was pulped after chairman ‘went ballistic’, but a copy has emerged for sale

Heavily reliant on North American visitors, Killarney has seen tourism drop sharply

Ireland could be “Scandinavia, but more fun” if we took a few simple decisions, David McWilliams told the opening night of the Irish Times Summer Nights online festival

McWilliams and Dermot Bannon were the first guests at the Irish Times Summer Nights Festival

 Bozoma Saint John and André Leon Talley: Vogue in Paris paid for his apartment, his restaurant and dry-cleaning bills, and a personal assistant who doubled as his on-call driver. Photograph: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

The long-time creative director at Vogue recounts the high life he lived around fashion

Hazel Chu, the new Lord Mayor of Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin’s new Lord Mayor wants a new party leader, and to ‘make a difference’ for the city

Suddenly, it was July, my aunt’s birthday month. My pale pink roses grown in memory of her were blooming. Photograph: Getty

I struggled through the lockdown as if stupefied, suspended in perpetual paralysis

Gary Cahill, food and beverage director at the Shelbourne, serving coffee in the Lord Mayor’s Lounge. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Times journalists sample the post-lockdown tourism experience

The Shelbourne: Rosita Boland outside the reopened hotel, on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The newly reopened Shelbourne hotel smells overwhelmingly of cleaning products

Women in Harmony covered Dreams to raise funds and awareness for Safe Ireland, a charity working with women and children experiencing domestic violence

Una Healy, Saint Sister, Imelda May and Soulé among 39 singers on cover of Dreams

Pubs reopening: barman Mark Ennis disinfects tables at O’Gorman’s in Portlaoise. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Pubs that serve food can open their doors on June 29th if they follow Fáilte Ireland’s rules

Photograph: iStock

HSE-funded 24-hour texting service moves from pilot stage to countrywide rollout

Dave McCormick of Weir’s: “Watches that have leather straps are put aside for 72 hours.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

One lets me try anything on. Another nothing. In a third, I can try a dress over my clothes

 Susanna Moore: In the Cut  is a transgressive cult classic. Photograph: James Keyser/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images

Susanna Moore’s memoir is delivered with calm serenity, which makes for some devastating reading

Henry Street shoppers: security staff make sure people follow social-distancing rules on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

After three months at home, people are keen to get out. But safety rules could make life tricky

‘The fallout from the current pandemic might accidentally achieve more good for the environment in the next few years than climate-change activists have managed for decades.’

Only 5% of world’s population has been on a plane. Maybe we’ll cherish it more next time

Oliver Callan at the Merrion Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘I came out to someone, and it was used as a controlling mechanism against me’

Meghan Markle: the duchess of Sussex spoke to the 2020 graduating class of Immaculate Heart High School, where she was educated, in Los Angeles

Duchess of Sussex tells students to use their vote in video message to graduating class

Selling Sunset: Heather Rae Young, Chrishell Stause and Mary Fitzgerald.

Netflix’s reality series follows the beautiful people who sell high-end Los Angeles homes

Ignatius and Mary O’Connell  met when both were teachers at a school in Ballycastle, Co Antrim. Photograph: Bronagh O’Connell

Lives lost to Covid-19: Couple of almost 60 years died within three days of each other

Team work: Donald Trump has five valets, one of whom has tested postive for Covid-19. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty

He has five, in fact, to see to his every need. It all sounds a bit Jeeves and Wooster

Lives lost: some of the people who have died of Covid-19 in Ireland and among the diaspora in recent weeks

The public, private and very full lives of some of those who have died of Covid-19 in recent weeks

Hotelier Michael Vaughan of Vaughan Lodge at Lahinch, Co Clare. ‘This year is a total write off.’ Photograph: Eamon Ward

Businesses are considering halving prices and chartering planes to keep their industry alive

Teresa Kelly left the State at a young age to work as a housekeeper in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, and later Belfast.

Lives lost to Covid-19: ‘What she valued most in people was honesty and them being down to earth’

Brigid Sreenan was well used to ‘fighting her corner’. Photograph: Aileen O’Carroll

Lives lost to Covid-19: An independent woman who would not tolerate bullies

Betty Hart: Every autumn she was out picking blackberries, and there were many, many local recipients of her pots of blackberry jam over the years.

Lives lost to Covid-19: ‘She always said her 60s were the best decade of her life’

Florence Wylie always looked smart and loved to knit.

Lives lost to Covid-19: ‘It was one of those drapery shops that sold everything from bras to buttons to zips’

 Francis Musgravestarted work at CIE at 17 years of age and remained there until retirement in 1985.

Dubliner died on March 29th, two days before his Covid-19 test came back positive

Patricia Kelly died on March 31st, in Portiuncula Hospital, where her late husband had spent so much of his working life.

Lives lost to Covid-19: Patricia Kelly had a lifelong love of music and opera

James Hynes: “He was always doing things for us. All his tools are still out in the garage”

Lives lost to Covid-19: he gave up much of his time training junior teams, and treated the weakest player the same as the stronges(...)

Bewley’s: the Grafton Street coffee shop, with Harry Clarke’s windows, in 2004. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I spent hours in the Dublin cafe, yet no waitress ever tried to clear my table as I sat there

Childline helpline volunteer Donal Barrett. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Difficult domestic situations are now unbearable, say Childline, Samaritans and Women’s Aid

Imelda Ward delivers Paddy Collins’s favourite meal, a hot stew, to his door. Collins worked in Shannon Airport for 42 years. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Volunteers are bringing meals to isolated older people during the Covid-19 pandemic

All this ‘new normal’ will be over some day. And if I can help it, in the meantime, there won’t be a single dandelion in my garden. Photograph: iStock

Nightly video calls have become essential to stop me going out of my mind

Mountrath, Co Laois. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

In Mountrath and Nenagh, fallout from the crisis is evident, as is a spirit of perseverance

Best mates: Ying Ying and Le Le. Photograph: Ocean Park Hong Kong/AFP via Getty

Going on a bear hunt, flatshare lockdowns, Covid-19 doctors show their true selves

Bot is it art? Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as painted by AI Gahaku, a Japanese virtual artist. Source photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Leo and an art bot, touring an Everest base camp, analysing Covid-19 dreams, putting manners on our pantry

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan on Friday announced a €1 million fund for artists to make ‘new and original’ works that would be put on the internet for free. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Arts community ‘dismayed’ at Government plans to support the sector during crisis

Paul Keogan wins best lighting design for his work on Big Chapel X and others

Recipients of Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards discuss challenges of Covid-19 crisis facing artists

Jane Johnstone with her son, Evan from Bridgetown, Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Three carers on working during the Covid-19 crisis, and how they are coping

Coronavirus refers to any of a family of viruses that look like spiked spheres under a microscope. Illustration: iStock

How to read a coronavirus story without getting bamboozled, and remember who’s who

 Ciara Hogan  is one of the Irish citizens who flew back from Peru on Monday.

Coronavirus: Ciara Hogan was at a jungle yoga course when Peru went into lockdown

Cooking is to be done in advance, so nobody is ‘faffing about in the kitchen’

The host of one of many ‘virtual parties’ this weekend has set a few ground rules

People  wait at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Friday. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

It’s eerily quiet at Johannesburg airport as expats and tourists prepare to travel home

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

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