Donal Foley

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President Michael D Higgins led the many tributes paid to the distinguished journalist and news editor Donal Musgrave:  “Recognised as a mentor to many in journalism, he will be remembered for a professionalism that included a kindness and a deep concern for the issues on which he reported,”

President Michael D Higgins led the many tributes paid to the distinguished journalist and news editor Donal Musgrave following his death on December (...)

One of Gordon Snell’s topical Christmas cards

Is the practice of sending Christmas cards diminishing? My own, output and input, have dropped considerably in the past few years. Digital, text messa(...)

Mary Maher:  born on this day 80 years ago

One of the unfortunate side-effects of the pandemic is that some milestones have passed unnoticed but Mary Maher’s friends are determined that this wi(...)

24 Cherrygarth, Mount Merrion, Co Dublin: a 193sq m (2,077sq ft) detached house on a good-sized garden near the end of the Cherrygarth cul-de-sac.

Houses in Cherrygarth, a development of nearly 60 detached dormer bungalows built in the early 1960s in Mount Merrion, Co Dublin, by developer PV Doyl(...)

Micheál Martin: he dominates Fianna Fáil but does not control it absolutely. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

For most of his leadership of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin privately accepted that he would be the first leader of his party never to serve as taoiseac(...)

‘The young man serving me got a tape, measured me  and then brought me the underpants needed’

In the early 1970s, the Pearl Bar on Dublin’s Fleet Street was a regular port of call for me at weekends. It was there I met many journalists, includi(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with FF TDs as they arrive for the first day of the 32nd Dáil. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

They don’t like the term, “grand coalition”, the Fianna Fáil grassroots. There’s nothing grand at all about the idea of serving as a junior partner, o(...)

 Spanish general Francisco Franco in the 1960s:  the dying Franco became the butt of jokes before his death in 1975. Photograph: AFP/AFP/Getty Images

Solemn music on state radio and television early on that chilly morning of Thursday November 20th, 1975, told Spaniards that Gen Francisco Franco, fas(...)

“Donal’s babes”: the Irish Times journalists Maeve Donelan, Nell McCafferty, Mary Maher, Geraldine Kennedy, Renagh Holohan, Gabrielle Williams, Christina Murphy, Mary Cummins and Caroline Walsh. Photograph: The Irish Times

Twentieth-century modernity The “Aeolus” episode of James Joyce’s epic of Dublin life, Ulysses, is set in the office of the Freeman’s Journal (and Ev(...)

Much of what has been said and written about Seán McCann since his death last week at the age of 85 has concentrated on his writing. First he was a jo(...)