Charlie Byrne

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Chapters bookshop, on Parnell Street, brought the curtain down on almost 40 years of value reading. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Another year of Covid and another year of closures. Since the start of 2021, businesses of all shapes and sizes have shut up shop or announced their i(...)

 Geraldine Byrne, (left) daughter and Maria Byrne, wife of Charlie Byrne, prepares a violin for sale while waiting for the last customers before the closure of the family owned music shop after 150 years in business. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

What is believed to be the oldest family owned musical instruments shop in Ireland closed its doors on Saturday after over 150 years in business. Own(...)

Irish retailers are facing a tough Christmas with new Covid-19 restrictions closing non-essential outlets

We have been overwhelmed, in the best possible way, by the response to our original list, a few weeks ago, of 100 Irish websites where you can buy lov(...)

Shopping online doesn’t mean you can’t shop local. Photograph: iStock

Last week we ran an item on the move online by many small Irish businesses and the desire amongst consumers who shop online to shop local during this (...)

It’s a month to the day since the first case of coronavirus, also know as Covid-19, was diagnosed in Ireland. On February 28th, Michelle and Damien Ma(...)

“How had the Irish Catholic Church gone from being such a powerful political institution in the late 1960s, with 34,000 priests, nuns and brothers, supported by an income of €1 billion per annum, to almost total collapse 40 years later, and having presided over the systemic abuse of thousands of children and its cover-up?” File photograph: Getty

As a young man I worked as a missionary in the Philippines. By 1973 I had departed the Philippines and the priesthood. On return to Ireland I was app(...)

The Book Centre, Waterford. Photograph: Jennifer O'Connell

This wasn’t how it was supposed to be. The digital revolution was going to kill off physical books and bookshops altogether. It’s true that between r(...)

World Wars 1, 2 and 3 by Cristina Sampaio: “This cartoon is obviously controversial in its assertion, but it has an impact that can’t be ignored,” says festival director Richard Chapman

“From here, you get a breathtaking view of what will happen in the 20th century. The Holocaust, the Khmer Rouge, Rwanda, former Yugoslavia. But also t(...)

Irish fashion designer Sybil Connolly at her Dublin fashion house in 1965. The key to entertaining was “staff”, she said. Photograph: Getty Images

A friend once gave me a pocket mirror with a vintage photograph of people wearing party hats, and the words “She was a hostess with the mostess” on it(...)

Playing Cards in front of Custom House, 1969. Photograph: Nutan

It’s a hot Sunday in June, and the photographer known as Nutan is doodling unselfconsciously on a piece of paper as we talk in the heat of his wild Bu(...)

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