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“I owe my new knowledge about geese and cider to Heather Heavenor Swinson, from Midlothian, who on foot of the previous columns, sent me a rather charming card with story attached.”

One of the more unusual Irish contributions to English is a word variously spelt as “Cockagay”, “Cackagay”, “Cackagee”, and in several other ways too.(...)

Claire Doyle and Eve Roseingrave, a couple from Dublin who live together in Melbourne, made the decision to move back late last month

After twelve years in Sydney, Elaine Benson, from Thomondgate, Co Limerick, says her penance for living in one of the world’s most desirable cities is(...)

Belvedere College, Dublin. Fr Joseph Marmion ‘abused boys sexually, emotionally and physically while he was on the teaching staff’ there in the   1970s, the Jesuits said. File image: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Jesuit priest abused boys at Belvedere College in Dublin’s city centre when he taught there in the 1970s, the congregation has confirmed, two years (...)

Nickey Brennan is hopeful the leagues can begin in March and the new rule will be first trialled before championship. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Opponents of the new rule aimed at eradicating aspects of cynical play in hurling and football may have been silenced by the decision at GAA Congress (...)

Brothers Willie and Paddy Hennessy  in 2009. The brothers were found dead in a suspected murder-suicide in north Cork. Photograph: Seán Burke/Provision

Gardaí remain at a loss to explain what prompted a man (59) to kill his two older brothers in a frenzied attack with an axe at their small holding nea(...)

Some 35.2 per cent of people in the Republic travelled further than 10km from their homes the week ending February 19th 2021. Photograph: iStock

More than a third of the population are not staying within 10km of their homes with increasing numbers in every county in Ireland breaking travel rest(...)

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health, addressing the media briefing on Monday evening. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Most of us find it tiresome sticking to public health guidelines but do so because of the importance we attach to preventing the spread of the virus, (...)

Garda at the farm near Curraghgorm, Co Cork, on Friday. The results of postmortems on the three men have not yet been released for operational reasons. Photograph: Brendan Gleeson/PA Wire

Gardaí investigating a murder-suicide incident that claimed the lives of three brothers in Co Cork are focusing on whether one of the men may have bec(...)

Laura Cunningham with baby Ziggy, pictured in Co. Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Life is still sometimes challenging for mothers raising their children alone, particularly during in a pandemic, but rarely, these days, are the ch(...)

Spare Tyres. Painting: Mary Burke
Art and the essence of farming

Mary Burke’s exhibition At Home on the Farm avoids bucolic cliche to catch rural functionality Farms don’t feature much in art, except as bucoli(...)

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