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Kevin Lunney was abducted from outside his Co Fermanagh home and assaulted before being dumped on a road in Co Cavan last September. Photograph: BBC Spotlight

The State solicitor for Roscommon said he is hopeful that a file will be ready in the coming weeks for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in re(...)

Newspapers called it ‘The Witch Case’, very nearly across the board.

Newspapers called it “The Witch Case”, very nearly across the board. Similar headlines are rare in the archives of Irish newspaper titles; the most we(...)

Mary gave a piece of the potato cake to a young neighbour who visited the house in Meath. Illustration: iStock

On the day before he died, Nicholas Ledwithe went to the market at Carrickmacross. Taking an ass and cart, he went for the purpose of carrying goods b(...)

The Coming of Santa Claus by Thomas Nast. Illustration: iStock

The more colourful snippets published in the Lost Leads archive series, and particularly on the Twitter and Facebook pages, mostly come from The Weekl(...)

A woman sits near a bridge at Straboy, Co Donegal, not far from the scene of the chase, circa 1865-1914. Photograph: National Library of Ireland/Flickr Commons

In a remote area of Co Donegal, workers stopped to watch a man run across the fields. He carried a revolver in his hand. The runner was ragged, and a(...)

A general view of Sligo Town in the late 19th century. Pictured is Market Street, just off modern-day,  Grattan Street where the killing took place. Photograph: National Library of Ireland/Flickr Commons

Rosa di Lucia gave birth to her third child a little more than a week before she was killed in her bed at her Sligo home. In the days following the b(...)

A view of Market Street, Sligo, circa 1890s. Photograph: National Library of Ireland/ Flickr Commons

The residents of Ballymote, Co Sligo, were concerned to find the general shop closed on a Tuesday morning. Its proprietor was old, but active; W(...)

Derrybeg Chapel and its priest in the foreground. By Robert French, from a catalogue dated between 1865 and 1914. Photograph: Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Granite stones were strewn about the chapel yard at Gweedore, Co Donegal – loose material from the wall that formed the area’s boundary. As pari(...)

Do you know a story of historical significance? Photograph: iStock

Lost Leads is a series in The Irish Times that retells the best stories from the newspaper’s archive. Normally, we source stories by firstly going to (...)

A horse-drawn fire tender at the Curragh Camp in Co Kildare, circa 1902. Photograph: National Library of Ireland/Flickr Commons

It was a Saturday night in Dublin when the fire started and the streets were busy with people. Attracted by the light from the burning timber at the C(...)

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