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“We want a united Ireland as long as we get it for free.” Photograph: iStock

Leo brings it up, and we’re all talking about a united Ireland again. You know the calculus: the sizes of the respective communities in the North bare(...)

Lisa Tierney-Keogh: 'It really cannot be overstated how hard the loneliness is when you are away from home.' Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

There is a dog in my new neighbourhood in Dublin that never stops barking. Occasionally, another dog will join in, a sort of call and response of cani(...)

Blue mosque and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

Of the few places on earth that have mastered the art of metropolitan living while keeping its soul and intimacy alive, Istanbul is undoubtedly the mo(...)

In May 1969 St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Co Kildare, was causing a stir. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

Monday May 5th, 1969 Ireland, May 1969, and St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Co Kildare, was causing a stir. An Irish Times journalist paid a visit (...)

While dogs can survive on a well-balanced vegan diet, cats are obligate carnivores. Photograph: iStock

Pets are responsible for around one-third of the US’s consumption of meat and fish, a statistic which is set to grow due to the global trend for feedi(...)

Colin Stafford-Johnson has worked on wildlife productions for networks including RTÉ and the BBC

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your life? I was in my mid-20s before I decided to try my hand at being a wildlife cameraman. There w(...)

As well as making jam, or apple and blackberry pie, blackberries also pair well with fish. Photograph: iStock

Summer’s end is autumn’s beginning, and while the children are safe from school for another couple of weeks, August marks the start of a hazy season, (...)

Marks & Spencer: easy-iron regular-fit shirts €12-€24, blouses €12-€24

Skirts, trousers, backpacks, coats and shoes: as summer comes to an end the school wardrobe concentrates parents’ minds – and challenges their pockets(...)

Nude high-collar shirt €4, Age Action, Camden Street, Dublin 8; grey suit trousers €10, Oxfam, South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2; geometric tie €2, Age Action

“We share a passion for ordinary Dublin people and their places, and we wanted to document the visually striking space of the Smithfield fruit, vegeta(...)

Bairbre Duggan in Amsterdam where she has lived for 20 years

Bairbre Duggan has been living in Amsterdam for 20 years. Initially drawn by the prospect of spending a few years living in another country, the easy (...)

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