Paddy Kelly

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The tallest of the academy secondrows is Waterford-born Thomas Ahern at 6ft 9in. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s a little under nine years ago that Leinster Rugby embarked on a project called ‘Route 6’6”’ to try and entice young men between the ages of 17 an(...)

Aston Villa fan club members, including chairman Philip Drew (right), watch a Premier League match in Temple Bar. Photograph: Alan Betson

Asked to explain how the so many people in the Ghanaian town of Juaben came to support Aston Villa, the chair of the local supporters’ club, Owusu Boa(...)

The former City Arts Centre occupies a prime waterfront site in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For 15 years between 1988 and 2003, the City Arts Centre on Moss Street forged a deserved reputation as one of Dublin’s most important cultural spaces(...)

If  Dermot Desmond  hasn’t invested for love, or for money, then it must be for the punishment. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

For somebody like Dermot Desmond with a personal fortune of about €2 billion, it must seem perfectly reasonable to punt the occasional couple of milli(...)

Chief Constable Simon Byrne: “The use of paramilitary attacks, beatings, breaking people’s legs, other limbs, in the name of the rule of law, is just odious.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The new PSNI chief constable Simon Byrne has raised the possibility that people involved in republican or loyalist paramilitarism would have their chi(...)

Developer Paddy Shovlin

At the height of the boom and at the height of his powers, Turnberry on Kerrymount Avenue, Foxrock, was the house that developer Paddy Shovlin called (...)

Miss Ellen’s Sweet Shop and Sweet Truck

It can often be a road less travelled, the decision to bring your product to the people rather than the other way around. But for one Irish entreprene(...)

It you like light, space and living the high life then number 79 Block B, Smithfield Market, in Dublin 7 could be for you. The triplex penthouse, whi(...)

‘We totally bought into Ireland’s growth story,’ says Simon Kelly of Redquartz of the mood before the crash. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

It was the tie that gave it away. Paddy Kelly, one of Ireland’s biggest developers, and his son Simon had just visited the headquarters of Anglo Irish(...)

The Market Bar on Fade Street, Dublin. Friday’s a deal was reached on the steps of the High Court with the bar’s owner, led by financier Niall McFadden. Photograph: Alan Betson

US hedge fund Carval has withdrawn a bid for the well-known Dublin venue, the Market Bar, to be put into examinership, after reaching a deal on the st(...)

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