Pat O’Brien, ‘the priesht’, at his home in Claremorris before returning to his island parish in January 1980

The last time I saw Pat, “the priesht”, he blessed me outside the Quays pub in Galway. It was November 2019, and I was staying in a hotel on the prom(...)

It isn’t that it’s the proverbial elephant in the room, but it is certainly a question that needs to be asked: who or what exactly are The Blizzards? (...)

MedoSync co-founders Séamus Cooley and Martin Rochford

Irish start-up MedoSync, which has developed a technology platform to provide real-time healthcare billing, has raised €1.2 million in investment. F(...)

Author Michael Harding in the Poisoned Glen, at the foot of Mount Errigal, in Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Michael Harding has a new book out called, A Cloud Where the Birds Rise: A book about love and belonging. Here, he talks to Una Mullally about find(...)

One of Tom Hickey’s last appearances was in a performance of Beckett’s poems, directed by Alan Gilsenan. File photograph: The Irish Times

Irish actor Tom Hickey, who died on Saturday night, came to public attention in the definitive RTÉ television drama The Riordans. But he will be remem(...)

Michael Harding lives on the border between Co Roscommon and Co Leitrim, having bought the land 25 years ago. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We’re in Arigna in Co Roscommon but “everything you can see”, Michael Harding tells me, is Co Leitrim. We’re in Harding’s garden looking down from a h(...)

Thady Hunt: ‘I’m not afraid. I’ve never slept better than I’m sleeping now’

I’ve never seen anything like this in my 84 years. My father was alive in 1918. School pals of his, three of that family, lost their lives to the Span(...)

Cillian Sheridan in action for Wellington Phoenix during his time in New Zealand.

When Cillian Sheridan was travelling up to training in Dublin on Bus Éireann, he probably couldn’t have imagined he would end up on a journey that has(...)

 Ciara Kelly told her listeners that she had contracted coronavirus. File photograph: Tom Honan

It was the week when the full reality of the global pandemic hit home, and not just because presenters were broadcasting from their own houses. On Mon(...)

Emma Donoghue: “My advice to anyone with an eating disorder would be don’t try and deal with it on your own. Talk to anyone, a friend, a teacher, a parent or a professional. Get that stress off your chest.”

It would be far too simplistic to say that not liking Harry Potter as a child was the start of Emma Donoghue’s problems, but it is something that came(...)

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