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Mary McKenna: “Somebody said to me ‘you don’t make money for the first three years’ and I said ‘who made up that rule’.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On the back wall of Mary McKenna’s office hangs a Ten Commandments-type edict – a poster with the guidelines by which she runs her business. Instead o(...)

 Last month Norwegian Air  stock took an upward jolt amidst speculation it may be acquired by Lufthansa. Photograph: Getty Images

MONDAY Indicators: Irish construction PMI (June); new vehicles licensed (June); German exports and imports (May). TUESDAY Results: PepsiCo. Ind(...)

The start of 2017’s mini marathon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What is it? According to organisers, it’s the biggest event of its kind in Europe. For the participants, it’s 10 kilometres of leisure/torture around(...)

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As you read this there are people about to experience what will probably be the greatest shock of their lives. They are about to discover their parent(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his friend Tom Murphy about whom Mr Higgins spoke affectionately. Photograph: The Irish Times

Playwright Tom Murphy was a “great vulnerable courageous being” and a “genius that we have lost”, President Michael D Higgins has said. Addressing a (...)

Tom Murphy in 1975: ‘His genius was to be able to create an immediate and vividly detailed social realism but somehow raise it to the heightened levels of the operas he loved so much.’ Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

Tom Murphy was a prolific playwright who thought of himself as writing music for the spoken voice. “When I hear music, I hear an emotion. When I liste(...)

Site of the former Magdalen Laundry on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What do we do with Ireland’s institutional history? After the reports are issued, and the apologies made, how should Irish society and culture incorpo(...)

It is when I have managed to superglue my sock to the floor, and am navigating a laptop keyboard with my elbow to avoid sticking to it, that I realise(...)

“If we had a kid I’d call him Opus”: St Patrick’s Day, aka Johnny Murphy. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Early on St Patrick’s morning I meet St Patrick. He has his trademark hat, crozier, robe, chewing gum and sunglasses. “My full name is St Patrick’s Da(...)

Bryan O’Brien, third from left, with his award at the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards in London.

Irish Times photographer and chief video journalist Bryan O’Brien has been named videographer of the year by the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards. O’(...)

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