In the slums of Bangalore, people gather raw material for a multibillion-euro industry. Here, human hair is a valuable commodity that fetches a hig(...)

Mourners at the funeral of Eileen Battersby in Drogheda at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth.  Photograph: Donall Farmer

Literary critic, author and journalist Eileen Battersby was a “brilliant”, “beguiling”, “beautiful”, “courageous”, “dynamic” romantic who lived by her(...)

  Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams (at right, in case you’re unsure) standing alongside a completed wax figure of himself now on display at the National Wax Museum in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

In the bowels of the old armoury of the Bank of Ireland, a self-loathing figure Gollum guards the 12in thick entrance door to the vault where, in olde(...)

COLOUR: A reflection in the River Lee, Cork city. Photograph: John Finn, Cork

The Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the Year Awards seeks to recognise and reward great work by passionate, non-professional photographers thro(...)

“In tough times, he just listened to me over pints”. John Grenham, left, and Jonathan Hession. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

John Grenham is a genealogist who has developed genealogical software, Grenham’s Irish Recordfinder. He writes ‘Irish Roots’ column in 'The Irish T(...)

Samantha Mumba in the Long Hall, South Great George’s Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Samantha Mumba is sipping a half pint in The Long Hall, her favourite pub to visit when she comes home to Dublin from LA. She’s one of those instan(...)

Band members from Carrick-on-Suir stand to attention at the Gen Liam Lynch memorial for the annual commemoration in Goatenbridge, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish republicans should aim to achieve the unity enjoyed by Sinn Féin in 1918 if they wish to realise the vision of a genuine republic held by War o(...)

The fireworks display at the opening ceremony of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games at Croke Park. Photograph: Alan Betson
Special memories

Tracy Piggott, RTÉ presenterIt was such a magical experience with so much outpouring of goodwill and affection. I remember particularly one event in t(...)