Lost Leads

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Barges and boats at the weir on the Shannon at Athlone, circa 1895. Photograph: National Library of Ireland/Flickr commons

First, a hat was found floating in the Shannon. The other clue taken from the water near the saw mills in Athlone was a pocketbook. The name inscribed(...)

One Irish Times reader reported hearing a “low wail and after some time the most piteous sobbing I have ever heard”. Photograph: iStock

“I do not believe that the banshee’s cry is not now heard in Ireland. I most distinctly heard it about five years ago, previous to the death of my dea(...)

Who won the 5 shillings on June 18, 1893? Illustration: iStock

Cream of Jokes – where the jokes are old and often terrible. Cream of Jokes was a competition that ran in The Weekly Irish Times in the late nineteen(...)

Illustration: iStock

The out-of-work labourer was the worse for porter when he arrived at the barracks. Dundalk policeman Richard Costello might have guessed he would b(...)

‘God intended that all good women should be little less pure and good than angels. . .’ Photograph: iStock/illustration

Lost Letters looks back at some of the pieces that made the letters pages in previous editions of The Irish Times and The Weekly Irish Times. The fo(...)

Cream of Jokes: Gags from the late 19th century. Illustration: iStock

Another week, another handful of very old jokes. Cream of Jokes was a competition that ran in The Weekly Irish Times in the late nineteenth century. (...)

Lost Leads, 1900: John had not been out working in his cab for some time. Illustration: iStock

Thomas Neary was awakened by a noise as he lay in bed in the front drawing room of a house on Dublin’s Charlemont Street. It was loud, and merited inv(...)

Cream of Jokes was a competition that ran in The Weekly Irish Times in the late nineteenth century. Jokesters were invited to contribute their best ga(...)

Xybernaut wearable computer 133P, demonstrated on April 21st, 1998; the photo was published in The Irish Times on the 27th. Photograph: AP

In April 1998, Windows 98 crashed live on stage while Bill Gates looked on. Michael Cunningham, in his last outing as editor of The Irish Times “Compu(...)

A small crowd arrived to the scene of the shooting and carried John Moylan to a nearby house. Illustration: iStock/George Cruikshank

John Moylan wasn’t long back in Ireland when he was shot dead. By the end of 1883, the Galway farmer was just settling back into life at his farm at C(...)

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