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The Xtra-Vision store on the corner of Baggot Street and Waterloo Road in Dublin: Try to explain to a child of the 21st century what a video library was and watch confusion cloud their faces. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Last week, in an idle moment, Pricewatch took to Twitter and asked about the shops which have closed that people missed the most. The response was en(...)

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2010 contract.   Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Down Stephen’s Lane in the south of Dublin city centre, near what used to be Dobbins bistro, an empire sits behind a set of wrought iron gates. It doe(...)

Private George Edwin Ellison was the last recorded British fatality of the war.  He was 40, from Leeds, and left a widow and a four-year-old son.

At 5 am on November 11th, 1918, in a railway carriage at the forest of Compiègne outside Paris, an armistice was signed between the Allied forces and (...)

The Irish Times has decided to embrace the Christmas music dirgefest. Photograph: Getty

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when people across the land start decking their halls and dreaming of white Christmas and maybe even wishing (...)

Mince pies, baubles and candy canes ... all part of  festive tradition. Photograph: Getty Images

Christmas is all about tradition. Well, it is also about presents, overeating, family – plus anxiety about all three. But let’s stick with the traditi(...)

Kitty Joyce, who has died aged 84, was the owner of Cleo, one of the oldest surviving family-run shops in Dublin, famous for its earthy Irish knitwear(...)