Frank Mcnally

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Solas: the warehouse next to the shipping containers is home to a cavernous garden shop. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“Brilliant but useless, like a lighthouse in a bog,” appeared at number 88 in a history of Ireland in 100 insults written by the Irish Times diarist F(...)

Wear your mask. Photo: iStock

It is not uncommon for a major event or a significant year to give us new words. D-Day, Watergate (and almost any other word you can think of followed(...)

Limerick Gaol. The early 19th century was an era of great political unrest, and public executions were commonplace, none more so than in Limerick, a hotbed of agrarian agitation.

Frank McNally’s narrative (An Irishman’s Diary, January 14th) on the paucity of native Irish hangmen down the years, brings to mind one of the last of(...)

Teams prepare to start the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 2013. Photograph: Ben Duffy/Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge/Getty

It’s rare in life to meet families who quite literally do anything. But, a family living an hour and a half from my home in Millstreet have quite lite(...)

“So it was that, rather than to Seoul, I flew into my Dublin 8 kitchen on Monday at 7am, to log on to Zoom.” Photograph: Getty Images

I should have been seeing autumn in Korea this year.  In fact, I should have seen spring there, but thanks to Covid-19, an event called the World(...)

‘Derry Girls offers a telling depiction of a southerner in the North.’ Photograph: Channel 4

Speaking in the Free State Seanad in 1924, at a time when the Boundary Commission was considering changes to the Border, the poet WB Yeats predicted h(...)

 Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in the Martin Scorsese film The Irishman. Photograph: Netflix

As you can imagine, it’s a bit weird watching Martin Scorsese’s latest masterpiece when your name is Frank and “Irishman” is part of your job descript(...)

 Japan’s supporters cheer during the Rugby World Cup victory over Ireland at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa in Fukuroi, Japan. Photograph: Jiji Press/EPA

When he grows up, Donal Grace will probably not remember the time he attended a famous Japanese rugby victory in Fukuroi. He won’t recall his two week(...)

Iain Henderson and CJ Stander arrive at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan, ahead of the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The first and until now only time I visited Japan was in somewhat extravagant circumstances. It was 1988 and the trip was the prize in an essay compet(...)

“It had been several years since my last half marathon but unjustified optimism springs eternal”

For the first half of what Sky Sports would have called my “Super Saturday”, I had to run the River Moy Half Marathon, a race that begins and ends in (...)

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