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According to the story, some of the cargo of a wrecked ship at Ireland’s Eye was salvaged by people on the coast. Illustration: Thomas Faull/iStock/File photo

Barney Sullivan apparently wasn’t an upstanding character. By the estimation of one Irish Times correspondent, the labourer “existed more by his wits (...)

Two men made a shocking discovery while working in a field in Limerick in 1878. Illustration: iStock/file

On a winter morning in Singland, near Limerick city, two labourers made a horrible discovery while turning manure belonging to their employer, Mr Deeg(...)

The remains of Russellstown House, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Paul Leonard/Geograph.ie

For some time, Edmund Hart had not been himself. It was 9pm when concerned neighbour Michael Finn stood at the half-door of the hut at Ballyknock, Co(...)

People bathe at the public baths at Dún Laoghaire, circa 1925. Photograph: Dillon Family/National Library of Ireland Flickr Commons

“May I draw attention to the urgent need for better bathing places for ladies near Dublin, and particularly at Dalkey?” Nearly 100 years has passed si(...)

November 1931: Evening dressed drinkers buying at a US bar during prohibition. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

“I can say honestly that in twelve days in America I saw more cases of alcoholic intoxication than I have ever seen in Ireland for three times that pe(...)

Murder weapon: In 1881, a man accused of murder in Monkstown didn’t own a razor, but preferred to go to a barber’s in Dublin. Photograph: Illustration/iStock

A labourer watched his neighbour, Fanny Collins, volley a tirade of insults through the window of her house at Monkstown Avenue, Dublin. As she stood(...)

Rathfarnham, circa 1905. Photograph: National Library Ireland/Flickr Commons

In Rathfarnham, people were terrified of Peter “Garibaldi” Wade. For years, the 25-year-old had worked a day here and there in manual labour and spen(...)

Constables were sent to number 48 Cork Street to investigate the claims. Photograph: iStock

It was early in the morning when Francis McConnell arrived to door of the police station at Newmarket in Dublin city. The out-of-work builder’s assist(...)

The Mall, Waterford, in January 1901. Photograph: National Library of Ireland/Flickr Commons

Eddie was in agony, gripping the iron bars protecting the window of an old house on Yellow Road in Waterford. The nine-year-old’s sister, Mary, a chil(...)

Dancing at the Metropole in Dublin in 1968. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

“Dance halls should be closed at 11pm at latest - otherwise, they (are) a menace to morality.” Bishop Patrick McKenna of Clogher didn’t mince his word(...)

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