Lost Leads

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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(...)

The Steeplechase for the Metropolitan Plate at Baldoyle Racecourse in March 1926. Photograph: National Library of Ireland/Flickr commons

The battle was short. But it was violent. Those sitting in the reserved enclosure at Baldoyle Racecourse didn’t realise anything was wrong until they (...)

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. (...)

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