Pádraig Mulligan with Frank Giblin and Colin McCusker in Mulligan’s Hardware and Bar, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The woman was a stranger to Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, that night about two years ago. It was quiet, and dark. The visitor was surprised. “Everybo(...)

Westport House, Co Mayo. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister of State for Tourism Michael Ring has said negotiations between the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) and Mayo County Council on the fu(...)

An artistic retreat from ‘Cabins’ by Taschen

The early weeks of January are special. Whether you’re a resolution-maker or not, the new year hasn’t yet had a chance to disappoint you, or you to d(...)

David Finn, chief executive and founder of AmaTech. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

At the age of 43, David Finn decided to pack in his working career. He’d invented the contactless payment system, started a company, floated it on the(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys said she was “delighted” a plan had been agreed to complete Galway Picture Palace. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Galway’s long-delayed arthouse cinema has been granted completion funding of €735,000 by Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys. The Picture Palace, (...)

 Justin Lynch, partner, Fountain Healthcare Partners, Eamon Brady, CEO, Neuravi and John O’Shaughnessy, chairman, Neuravi

Galway medtech firm Neuravi has raised €19 million to continue to commercial rollout and development of a breakthrough therapy for stroke patients. T(...)

 Helen Rochford Brennan: “Aggie is one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Helen Rochford Brennan was given a diagnosis of Younger Onset Alzheimer’s three years ago. She is now a leading spokeswoman on dementia who is also(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in response to Mr MacLochlainn’s question over the Western Development Commission, said “we are in a new space in which they all must apply under the Public Appointments Service”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Appointments to the Western Development Commission (WDC) will be handled in future by the Public Appointments Service (PAS), the Department of the Env(...)

Taking off at Ireland West Airport Knock, in Co Mayo. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is coming under renewed pressure within his own party over the future of Ireland West Airport Knock in his home constituency of (...)

The theme of this year’s one-day Douglas Hyde Conference is ‘The Unsaved Harvest: Rural Ireland’s Cultural Heritage’. File.  Photograph: Frank Miller/ The Irish Times

The theme of this year’s one-day Douglas Hyde Conference is ‘The Unsaved Harvest: Rural Ireland’s Cultural Heritage’ and it takes place in Ballaghader(...)

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