A selection of the books at Oliver Usher’s auction.

The contents from the former home of the late Jim and Miriam O’Donnell, who lived over their business, Days Bazaar on Oliver Plunkett Street in Mullin(...)

Fr Enda McDonagh: a powerful advocate of what he describes as theology at the fringe – a theology that puts the socially and politically excluded at its heart. Photograph: David Sleator

Enda McDonagh’s 90th birthday at the end of June reminds me that his close friend Seán MacRéamoinn, in a classic flight of fancy, once suggested that (...)

The wife of the Irish businessman who is barred from  leaving China   met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney but says she has had no further feedback since the initial meeting. Photograph:     Pavel Golovkin/AP

The wife of a Dublin businessman barred from leaving China for 15 months has made a direct appeal to the Irish Government to intervene and push for hi(...)

Sean O’Rourke: ‘I cracked it in the end and now I’m walking away.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When he opens his front door in Killiney, Co Dublin, Sean O’Rourke bows to me instead of shaking my hand. “That’s what Charlie Haughey used to like hi(...)

Former taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald at home in Ranelagh. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Garret FitzGerald was forced to flee when gardaí carrying batons charged a crowd trying to break into Trinity College Dublin on the eve of Victory in (...)

Then Irish Times editor RM Smyllie  got his revenge on the Irish government censors by rearranging the front page of the newspaper to make a V for victory sign.

At 1.25pm on May 7th, 1945 Germany surrendered to the Allies in the town of Rheims in France, the headquarters of Allied supreme commander Dwight D Ei(...)

A volunteer takes part in a clinical trial  in Cape Town to see whether the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine helps limit the damage caused by Covid-19. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images.

It is easy to be appalled and a bit morbidly amused by suggestions to sunbathe, inject disinfectant and swallow Clorox. This magical thinking and ir(...)

Sherry FitzGerald chairman Mark FitzGerald: “I’d say let’s prioritise the building . . . the retrofitting may have to wait. It would be ideal if we could do both but I’m not sure where we’d get the construction workers.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The chairman of Ireland’s biggest estate agent believes that the next government should focus its housing strategy on building new homes, rather than (...)

Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera. Photograph: Getty/Irish Times

If Wednesday’s historic announcement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael marked the end of Civil War politics, its beginnings can be traced to a vote on(...)

Prof Garret FitzGerald: ‘The irony is Trump supporters paid the price for his mistakes.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The United States is showing every indication it will outstrip China in coronavirus cases, and is already “not far behind them”, according to one of i(...)

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