John Ward, a Traveller making tinware near Galway, in 1971. Photograph: Pat Langan.

The emergence of Irish Travellers as a distinct group occurred long before the Great Famine, a genetic analysis shows. The study also indicates that(...)

George Boland  photographed in Dublin while on tour with the Irish Elderly Advice Network as  part of The Gathering. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

George Boland sat in his hotel off Dublin’s O’Connell Street yesterday and savoured a pint of Guinness. After six years kept captive by a group of (...)