Bibi Baskin at the Maryborough Hotel, Cork: ‘I don’t know anybody who’s older than me. And sometimes that’s a right pain in the a*se.’ Photograph: Jim Coughlan

“Who the hell gives a damn apart from me?” muses Bibi Baskin. We’re talking via Zoom on the occasion of her retirement this week, and with typical blu(...)

It’s very stressful trying to juggle my job with supervising homeschooling. Photograph: iStock

I’m working from home and have children in both primary and post-primary school. It’s very stressful trying to juggle my job with supervising homescho(...)

Conner Habib: 'Unpredictability is what makes Ireland feel that things are still run by people, not by algorithm.' Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Outside my house, when the thick black and white street cat harasses the robin at its nest, I try to love them both. The robin – different here than i(...)

Mick Clohisey in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon in 2018. He won the men’s Irish National Marathon title with a time of 2:15:57. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

9am I’ll squeeze in a six-mile run before breakfast along the Clontarf promenade. Then it’s porridge with milk, berries and lashings of honey. Some bl(...)

Josepha Madigan: “I don’t think we embrace culture in the way they do in some other countries, particularly with younger children.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

“Oh God, how did you find it, dare I ask?” asks Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan as I produce a book from my bag durin(...)

Restoration drama: the builder found a huge beam, riddled with woodworm, on a restoration project. After lengthy treatment it  became a unique mantelpiece.

Every summer we walked along a stony seashore, picking up bits of driftwood, coconut husks and metal buoys thrown up by the winter storms. On the adja(...)

Stephen Fry being interviewed by Gay Byrne for the RTÉ programme ‘The Meaning of Life’. Photograph: RTÉ

The writer Clive James defined blasphemy as mocking the sincerely-held religious views of people. It’s a fair definition. And even though many would (...)

Jimmí Chearra with his grandson Pádraic Ó Griallais, founder of Poitín Mhicíl. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When Connemara poitín maker Micíl Chearra wanted to earn a few bob in the months before Christmas, he had to chose the wildest stormy nights to conce(...)

Each Saturday on irishtimes.com/weddings we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)