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George had a lifelong love of Patrick Kavanagh’s poetry and had met him on a couple of occasions.

Minutes before Daddy died I sang him a verse of Raglan Road down the phone. Even though I was snottering and wailing I could hear him breathe so stron(...)

 A depiction of conditions on a slave ship

The entrance to Trinity College Dublin through the College Green front gate is one of Dublin’s best-known images. Few know it was built with money in (...)

Project Ireland 2040 was one the flagship initiatives of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s time at the helm of the Fine Gael-Independent minority government in the last Dáil. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

A significant number of roads projects committed to by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar must go ahead because contracts have already been signed to build them,(...)

Dubliner Eamonn Cronnolly on a walk around Lake Immala in Finland: ‘I came here with only a cabin bag’.

My wife and I walk by Lake Immala in Finland, which is large enough to have a sandy beach and stretches to the Russian border. The silence is broken o(...)

Supermarkets emptied of eggs, Britons are seeking hens for their back gardens – such a bonanza for the UK’s urban foxes. Illustration: Michael Viney

The song thrush joins me half an hour before dawn, perching on the bare, topmost branch of the hawthorn outside my workroom window. He sings steadily(...)

The Octagon in Westport, Co Mayo. Photograph: Eye Ubiquitous/UIG via Getty Images

Noel Kavanagh will have invested just shy of €6 million between his two businesses on Westport’s Octagon by the end of this year. “The timing couldn’t(...)

A healthcare worker at  Shamrock Rovers’ Tallaght Stadium in Dublin which is being used as a testing centre for Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned of an “exponential increase” in cases of coronavirus as the confirmed number in the Republic reached 223, and in the(...)

Payslip founder and chief executive Fidelma McGuirk.

Co Mayo-based fintech start-up Payslip, which is led by former Taxback chief executive Fidelma McGuirk, has raised a further €2.7 million. With it he(...)

A general view of the Quay in Westport, Co Mayo, where the fatality occurred. Photograph: Google Street View

The man in his 30s who died in Westport at the weekend has been named locally as Sean Hynes from Ballina. Mr Hynes’ body was discovered in the water (...)

No king’s ransom: You won’t need to pay anything to visit King John’s Castle in Limerick on Tourism Day, as all participating attractions are free of charge. Photograph: iStockPhoto

There will be free entry to more than 100 tourist attractions across Ireland in the middle of April as part of a new tourism initiative aimed at showc(...)

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