A hat in the Shannon: The mysterious disappearance of an MP’s brother
- May 19, 2019, 07:00
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(...)
Ireland’s banshee: A delusion of peasants or a spirit with a mournful wail?
- May 5, 2019, 06:30
“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(...)
Did you hear the one about the rich widow, Mrs Duzenberry?
- April 18, 2019, 06:00
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(...)
Umbrella in the brain: A fatal encounter in Dundalk
- April 14, 2019, 06:00
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(...)
No right young man would marry a flirt – a letter from the 1800s
- April 11, 2019, 07:37
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(...)
Did you hear the one about the man who flirts with the servants?
- March 28, 2019, 09:30
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. (...)
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(...)
Very old jokes: Did you hear the one about Willie Winker’s new pony?
- March 21, 2019, 08:30
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(...)
‘A one-person newsdesk’: Predictions from an early computer age
- February 24, 2019, 11:04
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(...)
Bloodshed on a boreen: The mysterious murder of a Galway farmer
- February 3, 2019, 09:28
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(...)