Maeve Binchy

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Oliver Sears holds a powder compact that was a courtship gift from his grandfather to his grandmother. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The first-time visitor to Auschwitz in Poland is often surprised by the richness of the natural surroundings – golden wheat fields and village gardens(...)

‘I am grateful to be taken safely across Dublin city from A to B, but unfortunately for taxi drivers, I’m rarely interested in talking while in their car.’ Photograph: iStock

Walking through my neighbourhood today, I found myself wondering how the late Maeve Binchy, our former columnist of glorious insights into everyday li(...)

Alan Cumming: ‘When I identified with LGBT in the late 1990s, I became a poster boy for queerness’

It is nearly 20 years since I last met Alan Cumming. This is worth mentioning because anecdotes in Baggage, his new memoir, press home how much has ha(...)

The caseroom in Burgh Quay, Dublin  where the Sunday Press, Evening Press and Irish Press were produced. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The dominant Irish politician of the 20th century, Eamon de Valera, attained and retained power for one-third of that century with the help of the new(...)

James Helm: ‘For five great years I had what was, without a doubt, the best job in the global operations of BBC News.’

A sunny morning in August 2011. I turned right out of the driveway one last time and the tears began. First it was me, then Charlotte, then each of th(...)

Des O’Malley on the plinth at Leinster House before his retirement from politics. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Born: February 2nd, 1939 Died: July 21st, 2021 Desmond (Des or Dessie) O’Malley, who was sometimes called “the best taoiseach the country never had’’(...)

Willie McGee, retired head of the fraud squad, and Charlie Bird, retired former RTÉ journalist, with The Irish Times newspapers from December 1979 through to February 1980 which contain ads used by the State to communicate with a foot and mouth disease ransom demand at the time. Photograph: Alan Betson

The typed letter that arrived into the offices of the Department of Agriculture on Kildare Street in Dublin, addressed to the minister, was clear and (...)

Caroline O’Donoghue: 'I feel so emotional about how fantastic life can be sometimes'

After suffering a double job loss, things turned around quickly for Cork writer Caroline O’Donoghue, as she landed a six-figure publishing deal for(...)

Paul Howard has been writing about the adventures of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly for 23 years. Illustration by Alan Clarke. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Paul Howard has been writing about the adventures of his south Dublin rugby jock for 23 years. As a collection of his best columns is published, he sh(...)

Michael Fitzpatrick with Grainne and John Duddy, who starred in his play Counting Apples

Michael Fitzpatrick, a playwright and journalist from Lucan, Co Dublin, lives in New York with his wife, Mei, a nurse practitioner at a Manhattan hosp(...)

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