Gay Byrne: as he  passed through the Pearly Gates, he was probably still asking “Why?” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/PA

During my seminary days at the Irish College Rome, which largely coincided with the Second Vatican Council, I had a line to say in one of the plays we(...)

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh promoting  My Legacy and 65 Irish charities to launch a nationwide appeal to the public to leave a legacy gift to charity in their will. Photograph:  Keith Arkins

In the room where Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh is waiting there is a table laden with stuffed sandwiches and pastries and a scattering of fruit. He stands(...)

  Anthony Lynam (80) from Inchicore, Dublin, who completed his Leaving Cert English exams. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anthony Lynam left school as a youngster in 1955 without ever sitting a major exam. Now, at 80 years of age, he has finally set that right – and beco(...)

 Sabina Higgins and artist Pauline Bewick with President Michael D Higgins  at Áras an Uachtaráin where Ms Bewick was presented with the 2019 Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award. Photograph:  Julien Behal

Artist Pauline Bewick has been presented with the Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin with President Michael D (...)

Ross McQuade, left, Richard Henry, Conor Yorke and Padraig Fallon in O’Neill’s

Ten years ago I was a law student at UCD, and the city which had become my second home was about to be snatched away from under my feet. I wasn’t very(...)

Douglas Kennedy: The Great Wide Open takes in the Nixon/Ford/Carter/Reagan years, with walk-on parts from Donald Trump and Brendan Kennelly

Douglas Kennedy chuckles when I say I never expected to read a novel which featured walk-on parts for both Donald Trump and Brendan Kennelly. The Amer(...)

Ailís Ní Ríain: “He phoned again.  I could barely form the words but I managed, and we discussed how I proposed using his work.”

The Time of My Life is a weekly column about a moment that changed someone’s life – for the better or the worse I remember watching the poet Brendan (...)

A file image of Sylvia Meehan. A  funeral service for her in Dublin was told on Monday of her belief in ‘equality and human rights’. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sylvia Meehan, rights activist and the first chair of the Employment Equality Agency (EEA), “believed in equality and human rights that left nobody be(...)

 The Hodges Figgis shop on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Hodges Figgis closed down for four hours in 1995. It was to allow for the legal transfer of ownership from UK company Pentos to new owners Thorn EMI, (...)

Full house at the modern dancing hall at The Galtymore Ballroom in Cricklewood

The poet Brendan Kennelly once told me that, as a young man in Kerry in the 1950s, he was occasionally approached by local lads about to emigrate, req(...)

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