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Paddy McCann, president of the IPU outside the constituency office of Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Castlebar on April 11th protesting against post office closures. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Located between the display of Marie Claire tights and the hot food counter, Michael Healy-Rae’s post office in the Mace shop in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry i(...)

Blow off the cobwebs (and any tension between you) at Achill Walks Festival from March 31st to April 2nd in Co Mayo

Every day is Mother’s Day to the woman who gave you life, you ingrate. And yes, you are too old to get away with a handmade card, so how about flexing(...)

A psychiatric report confirmed Aidan Kerins had a bipolar disorder and the probation service found he was at low risk of re-offending. “Excellent references” from his employer were handed in to court

A chef caught growing cannabis plants worth €34,000 at his home in Kenmare was using it “as a form of self-medication” for his bipolar disorder, a cou(...)

MP O’Sullivan’s tobacconist on Academy Street, Cork: the original family business of local man James O’Sullivan who has passed away at Marymount Hospice.

Warm and generous tributes have been paid by political and business leaders in Cork to local businessman James O’Sullivan who passed away at Marymount(...)

Siptu division organiser Paul Bell: “It is clear that substantial capital investment is urgently required for the construction and refurbishment of existing ambulance bases.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Inadequate and antiquated equipment is one of the critical factors contributing to growing waiting lists and the cancellation of elective surgeries, (...)

 The HSE estimates   77 new emergency vehicles will be needed in the next five years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Only about a quarter of the country’s ambulance stations are fit for purpose, the Health Service Executive has estimated. In an internal assessment, t(...)

Francis Brennan, The Park Hotel, Kenmare: ‘There are no losers in this deal.’ File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Glen Dimplex boss Fergal Naughton has acquired a “substantial minority holding” in Kenmare’s Park Hotel. Hotelier Francis Brennan, who had owned the (...)

Loughmore-Castleiney manager Declan Laffan: has quietly built up one of the most impressive managerial resumes, guiding Loughmore to three football titles and one hurling title over the past four years with Pat McGrath. Photograph: inpho

It was after half past nine on Tuesday night when Declan Laffan left Loughmore-Castleiney’s training and headed for home, promising himself that he wo(...)

A bedroom at Ballyfin Demesne, voted number one hotel in the world, where staff devote an hour to cleaning  each room

Last week three Irish hotels were voted among the top 10 best hotels in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois (...)

What happens when your rent is raised a couple of hundred quid a month? There is no buffer. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

As I watched the details of last week’s budget announcements unfold, I waited to see whether, given the housing crisis the country is in, something wo(...)

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