Noo Saro-Wiwa, daughter of executed Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, with Sr Majella McCarron, at Maynooth University. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Two decades after Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged with eight colleagues for opposing the oil industry’s activities in Ogoniland, his death ha(...)

John Mulhare as Jesus Christ during  rehearsals for the passion play in Ballylinan, Co Laois. Photograph: Alf Harvey/

Jesus reads his lines on his daily commute from Laois to Dublin. Mary Magdalene’s day job is organising the National Ploughing Championships. And e(...)

Harp-maker Colm Ó Meachair

The harp-maker Colm Ó Meachair, who has died aged 66, was a key figure in the revival and development of the traditional Irish harp. His instruments a(...)

Luke Morrissey, Jack Morrissey, Matthew McKienney and Dylan Morrissey from Tipperary and Donegal at the National Ploughing Championships, Ratheniska. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was said to be the most successful National Ploughing Championships in history so there was no surprise when it was announced that the event would (...)

A section of the bumper first-day attendance at the National Ploughing Championships, at Ratheniska , Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke

Where else would you get it? Hundreds of people were gathered around a shed in Ratheniska, intently watching a herd of 40 cows. Occasionally a cow app(...)

Mickey, Cormac and Cathal Mac Connell at the funeral of their brother, Seán Mac Connell, at the Church of the Divine Word, Rathfarnham. Photograph: Frank Miller

The funeral took place in Dublin yesterday of former Agricultural Correspondent of The Irish Times Seán Mac ConnellHis death earlier in the week at th(...)