Niamh Towey

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St James’s Wood, Kilmainham. News of fire-safety defects first came to light in December 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

St James’s Wood, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. Built in 2000: News of fire-safety defects at this complex first came to light in The Irish Times in December 2(...)

Niamh Towey, with her new car in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I bought my first car off a man who kept chickens and half-dressed toddlers running around in the front garden with his various disused cars. Despite(...)

 Torre de Belem tower overlooks the  river Tagus in Lisbon. Photograph:  Stock image

Hurtling around Portugal’s capital city on a tuk tuk tour gives you a real sense of the grand colonial history of the place and the stark contrast tha(...)

 British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens. His   gentle guitar plucking transported me to another time.  Photograph: Getty Images

It is amazing how certain sounds or songs can flood your brain with memories so specific and detailed that you almost feel you are reliving them. My(...)

'In a sudden flash of mad brilliance, I decided I would buy, assemble, light and cook that evening’s dinner on a charcoal barbecue.'

It was one of the first truly hot days of the year and I felt a little cooped up in our city apartment. I was off work in the middle of the week – the(...)

Dear LinkedIn, Could we talk. I do not need to be connected with my esteemed colleague Conor Pope. He sits in front of me. Or Carl O’Brien, to my r(...)

This bird was seen dancing in Trinity College Dublin.

“Hi, it’s Niamh Towey from The Irish Times here. Great to be Friday, ha? “So, em, I was just wondering, could you tell me why seagulls were dancing (...)

Syrian refugee Almuthna Loulah meets President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday. Photograph: Maxwells

A Syrian refugee who made a violin from scratch after arriving in Ireland last March has presented the instrument to President Michael D Higgins at Ár(...)

More than 10,000 people turned out for Darkness into Light in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

Like many small, rural parts of Ireland, a lot of families from in and around Ballaghaderreen have been touched by suicide. Early on Saturday morning(...)

Safe space? “I found my hyperventilating father cowering in the shed, pretending to get turf.” Photograph: Getty

Christmas Day spent at home with family seems such an idyllic idea in theory, but let’s be honest: the reality can often prove quite the opposite. Gre(...)

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