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Mary Morrissey (probably being discharged from Newcastle Sanatorium) with nurses

As we hunkered down into our own family isolation and the obligatory “sorting out”, an old diary and cassette tape prompted thoughts about another (...)

All three All-Ireland finals in 1956 were delayed due to a polio outbreak in Cork.

This month 70 years ago, the world of Gaelic games was shocked to learn that PJ Duke had died at the age of 25. An established member of the Cavan foo(...)

They say that every cloud has a silver lining. It is a phrase beloved of incorrigible optimists, your classic glass-half-full types who find something(...)

 Robert Ballagh in his studio in  Arbour Hill, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

At 77, Robert Ballagh, one of Ireland’s most successful and controversial artists is still painting away at his studio on Arbour Hill in Stoneybatter.(...)

 John Lennon: preferred “get” to “git”. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

Long-time reader Damien Maguire has emailed with a raised eyebrow about my suggestion that the Hiberno-English “get” – as used by a political opponent(...)

Today is a peculiar day in our house. Our mother is 91. Our father is dead 20 years. Yes, he died on Mam’s birthday, August 24th, 1999. Typical of our(...)

John Wayne drags poor Maureen O’Hara across the windy turf like a cave man

Ask your dad about the mini-scandal that gathered around a TV series called The Spike in 1978. At this point Ireland was — to employ a term favoured(...)

Court was told the  nature and quantity of the firearms, ammunition and other items, warranted an inference that the ‘arsenal’ was assembled to ‘support and sustain organised crime of the most serious nature’.

A Kildare man who minded an “arsenal” of firearms and ammunition for the Kinahan cartel has been jailed for 10 years and six months. Declan Brady (5(...)

In 1967 just 3% of women attended a doctor in the last month of pregnancy and 6% in the final two. File photograph: The Irish Times Archive

Growing a baby in 2019 can bring a litany of symptoms, ailments and worries, so one can only imagine how more formidable it was when pregnancy was not(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

On a tour of Ireland, one might easily ask: where are the women? There are statues to a few (we counted just five), a smattering of commemorative plaq(...)

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