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(...)