The Baron and Baroness of Bling: How Sean Dunne and Gayle Killilea epitomised the spirit of the Celtic Tiger
When the Irish economy boomed in the years of the Celtic Tiger and the exuberance then quickly...
When the Irish economy boomed in the years of the Celtic Tiger and the exuberance then quickly...
They pitch their tents in a field near the woods by the shores of Lough Ree. They leap down water slides, buzz with excitement along zip wires -...
It was like a Wild West scene on a busy street in the centre of Drogheda in recent days when a young man jumped out of a car and fired off a gun just outside a supermarket.
A young couple with a toddler and a baby on the way are given notice to quit - as the landlord hikes the rent by €500 to nearly €2,000 per month.
The arrival of a newborn baby should be one of the most emotionally charged and fulfilling events in the life of any man. But the official statistics show that many Irish fathers don't bother to take...
Did you write much as a child? When I was growing up, I was more of an artist. I was a Blue Peter child. I was always making things with straws, pipe cleaners and double-sided sticky tape. I could perform miracles with washing-up liquid bottles. In a former life, I was a painter for years and my work was in a good few galleries.
Just before 3pm on March 30, 1979, just a few weeks before Margaret Thatcher became prime minister, a bomb exploded that shook the Palace of Westminster.
You tried to meditate every day for your book, The Doctor Who Sat for a Year. How difficult was it?
It is a dilemma facing tens of thousands of older people as they look to the future.
One afternoon in the mid-1990s, Barry Flanagan and Colm Grealy seemed unsure if their brave plan to put Ireland on the internet was going to work out when they stopped off for a break at McDonald's in Dún Laoghaire.
Your self-published book Fun Unplugged has been a bestseller. What's it all about?
It first met as a clandestine assembly 100 years ago in the Mansion House in Dublin. The first members were Sinn Féin MPs, who were elected to the parliament in Westminster, but refused to take...
Charles Byrne, a piano teacher from Drogheda, believes there is an agenda to erase the memory of Catholic Ireland, as if it never existed at all.
The woman who helped Princess Sheikha Latifa in her reported bid to escape from Dubai has said she still does not know if her friend is safe, after...
It is hard not to be moved by a video recorded early last year by Princess Latifa, daughter of...
Robots are now routinely milking Irish cows, but farmers are pondering whether they will soon be able to direct the cattle across the road, drive the tractors and plough fields.
What led you to write a novel about Alice Kytler, the woman accused of witchcraft in Kilkenny in the 14th century?
Why have you written a book for children about your life as a champion boxer?
We meet next to Treaty Stone across the river from the imposing battlements of King John's Castle as the Shannon waters roar by. This is the heart of Willie O'Dea's political fortress in Limerick city.
On a rainy Tuesday night, a group of men are giving up the comforts of home and live Champions' League football on the telly to unburden themselves of their emotions.
It remains the biggest case of unsolved mass murder on English soil in the 20th century.
Frances Black is a woman with three careers, and they are all running along busily at the same time. She barely pauses for breath.
Teachers and colleges offering grinds report a surge in demand as students desperately try to score higher grades in the Leaving Cert. The introduction of a new grading system in 2017 and a growth in numbers doing higher-level subjects, particularly maths, have boosted demand for extra tuition.
The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar once said that his favourite name for a children's hospital was the Starship.
It's time to get ready for D1ND. In case you have not been paying attention to Brexit, and your eyes glaze over at the mere mention of the word, the acronym stands for Day One, No Deal.
The balance of power has shifted from employer to employee in a growing number of Irish workplaces as companies struggle to recruit and retain staff.
As he faces into 2019, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar knows that he will have to grapple with some of the same intractable issues that dominated this year.
It was a year when we looked out in different directions from our small island in the Atlantic and found reason to tut-tut self-righteously at the erratic behaviour of others.
This week, there has been a massive €3m cocaine seizure and dire warnings of wild overspending by the Government.
It is not every rugby international across the world who can quote a line from Aristotle, but members of the Irish rugby team have the words of the ancient Greek philosopher on the tips of their tongues.
In terms of luxury, Patsy Brogan's shed in the Bluestack Mountains of Donegal would probably not give the Shelbourne Hotel or Adare Manor a run for their money.
The economy is growing fast, unemployment has plummeted and house prices are at a peak. Consumers are preparing for a spending splurge in the run-up to Christmas, but there are stark warnings that we face danger ahead.
Up to 5,000 school pupils have already visited Microsoft's headquarters in Dublin to take part in its futuristic new Dreamspace learning initiative. DreamSpace, an educational activity space pioneered in Dublin at a cost of €5m, opened earlier this year at the Microsoft complex in Leopardstown.
It happened just six months before Bloody Sunday, and the same British army regiment was responsible for the killings.
A century ago at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the incessant boom of artillery guns suddenly fell silent all along the Western Front.
Your first book, A Reluctant Memoir, came out recently. Does writing come as easily to you as painting?
Have you ever wondered if milk can be turned into glue, or if you can charge your mobile phone with a banana? These are the kinds of questions that will be answered by thousands of primary pupils at the ESB Science Blast, which takes place in March next year.
There is a tide of extreme right-wing populism sweeping across Europe and the Americas, and the waves of intolerance only seem to be getting higher.
It started as a comedy, and it has quickly descended into farce. We may not have thought it possible that the Presidential campaign could get any worse, but it appeared to plumb new depths this week.
In the Monty Python biblical comedy, the Life of Brian, a Jewish official passes a sentence on a defendant who has been accused of blasphemy: "You have been found guilty by the elders of the town of uttering the name of Our Lord - and so as a blasphemer you are to be stoned to death!"
The whole issue of gender identity has become much more important in Irish primary schools. Teachers are having to work out ways to accommodate children who may not fit in with conventional or traditional ideas of gender.
Whatever about his ability to balance the books, Paschal Donohoe certainly did not wow his audience with magnificent flights of Churchillian oratory. Going 15 minutes over his allotted hour, the Finance Minister almost had them snoring in the aisles with his bombardment of jargon and platitudes.
The floppy-haired hero of the Brexiteers, Jacob Rees-Mogg, once took exception to a story doing the rounds that he went canvassing for votes in a Bentley with his nanny during an election.
The biographer of Big Tom on the humble country star - and his love for his 18 vintage tractors.
The fate of Ireland was sealed over half-drunk cups of coffee and convenience-store sandwiches in the middle of the night in the heart of Government Buildings exactly 10 years ago.
The children from Dunsany National School in Meath were excited as soon as they stepped into the new Discovery and Learning centre at Dublin Zoo.
The Minister for Education Richard Bruton is hoping that he can speed up the transfer of schools from the Catholic Church to non-religious patrons.
When Donald Trump steps off a plane in Dublin in November, with his overlong tie flapping and his inelegant coiffure ruffled in the breeze, Irish diplomats are likely to be fidgeting anxiously on the tarmac.
Josh Mulcahy, the publisher of 'The Phoenix' who has died at the age of 86, liked to cock a snook at the establishment while, at the same time, being very much a part of it.
They seemed like the bright young stars of Leo Varadkar's cabinet, the men who could sort out intractable problems in Housing and Health with their boundless energy and enthusiasm.
Novelist William Wall on a childhood boost from John B Keane, his pupil Cillian Murphy, and his singing ambition.
Novelist Sue Rainsford on leaving her book in a drawer, her musical inspiration, and a love of criminology.
When Pope John Paul II flew into Dublin on September 29, 1979 to scenes of rapture and delight, he landed in a country that on the face of it looked radically different to the Ireland of 2018.
Novelist Brian Gallagher on writing historical fiction, getting the detail right and talking to kids in schools
Killorglin is renowned as the only place in the world where a goat acts as king, and the people act the goat.
Gay Byrne says he was belted and thumped by the Christian Brothers for one reason or another at school in Synge Street in the 1940s, but he is grateful to the order for giving him an education.
I first catch a glimpse of the towering 767 jet through a fence opposite the caravan park on the road out of Enniscrone. There it is in front of me, a Russian jet airliner with its white and blue body, gleaming in the twilight.
Novelist Shari Lapena on how she got into crime fiction - and staying at home with her coffee, her chocolate and her cat.
It is an unlikely headquarters for an age-old congregation that used to be one of the most powerful and feared institutions in the State.
Novelist Patricia Gibney on leaving her job, selling one million books and her love of painting.
Farmer and writer John Connell on his 'Cow Book', dreaming up ideas on the tractor, and his Brian Friel tattoo.
Your novel Grace is set in the Famine. Do we shy away from the topic in Ireland?
At a training session in a Dublin hotel, women hoping to run for election are being taught how to "grip and grin". They are advised on the importance of making good eye contact, how to offer a handshake with a smile - and, above all, how to get to know the voters. They are told that it is a cardinal sin of politics to leave a doorstep without asking for the number-one vote.
Four Irish universities are now classed as "Universities of Sanctuary" as they introduce specific initiatives to welcome and support asylum seekers and refugees on their courses.
Novelist and poet Anne Haverty on Constance Markievicz, Charles Haughey and why children of gardaí become writers.
Jon Kenny is working hard, feeling good and perfectly happy to be - when the mood takes him - a bit of a cranky auld bollix.
Novelist Felicity Hayes-McCoy on living between London and Dingle, and having Maeve Binchy as a teacher
Miriam Varadkar, mother of the Taoiseach, once said of Leo's childhood: "Everyone adored him. He was adorable, a gorgeous baby - and then he went into Fine Gael."
Mary Robinson famously said in 1990 as she became President that she was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system.
Jastine Valdez could have been anybody's sister, anybody's daughter walking along a busy road on a bright May evening - when she was bundled into a car, and later savagely murdered by Mark Hennessy.
Novelist Justine Delaney-Wilson on the 2007 furore over her first book and the solitary experience of writing fiction
Courses in social sciences, arts and humanities in Irish universities are undergoing a radical shake-up as colleges try to make them more relevant to the workplace.
To the English, during the good times we were the funny friends next door who came over to regale them with Woganesque Blarney.
Darach MacDonald on his Brexit travelogue Hard Border - and a world of secret roads and smuggling.
As she relied on the kindness of strangers, her friends and family to pay for her cancer treatment in recent weeks, Vicky Phelan had good reason to be scandalised by the behaviour of the State.
The issue of abortion is being debated in schools as thousands of pupils, aged 18 or over, prepare to vote for the first time in the referendum on May 25.
Novelist Nicola Pierce on her book about the Titanic, the animals on board, and the musicians who continued playing.
Doing Pana sounds like performing an exotic South Sea dance, but to residents of Cork city it involves ambling down Patrick Street, window shopping and talking to whomever they might meet along the way as the traffic trundles by.
Fianna Fáil TDs could be forgiven if they find their present co-existence with Leo Varadkar's Fine Gael government an irksome and humiliating experience.
Novelist and playwright Frank McGuinness on his obsession with Joyce, and writing lyrics for Marianne Faithfull.
At the Beechhill fishery near Belfast, anglers relax next to the pond and reel in their catch on a showery spring afternoon.
Novelist Louise O'Neill on Disney movies and obsessive love, changing attitudes, and being useless after lunch.
The trial inside Court 12 in the Laganside courts complex in Belfast is finally over and all the defendants have been acquitted. But the case of rugby international Paddy Jackson and his friends will continue to prompt questions about the nature of consent, the sex lives of young people in Ireland, the use of porn and our dependence on alcohol as a social lubricant.
In the shadowy world of online political campaigning uncovered this week, it was hard to know what was real and what was pure make-believe.
Former actress Lisa Harding on her sex trafficking novel, making a living as a writer, and her love for Winnie the Pooh.
A new book of John Redmond's letters offers an insight into the man who came within striking distance of heading an Irish government.
Crime novelist Steve Cavanagh on reading 'Silence of the Lambs' at the age of 12 - and becoming an accidental lawyer
When the first tremors of the financial shock arrived in Ireland 10 years ago, it took some time before we realised what was really happening.
To the Olympic gold medallist Ronnie Delany and millions of sports fans of his generation, Roger Bannister, who died this week, was like the first man on the moon.
Seán Hogan, the man in charge of Irish emergencies, is probably hoping for some quieter days ahead in the aftermath of Storm Emma.
Children will stay in single en-suite rooms with a spare bed for a parent. They will be able to play games, watch films and order their meals on their bedside "patient portal".
We do big weather events differently nowadays. It is not like the past when we looked out our windows with an element of surprise and the storm or the blizzard was happening before our eyes.
Debut novelist Danny Denton on his Roald Dahl rip-off poems, dragging himself from the bed to write, and his love of rain
In December 1918, Ireland went to the polls in the most momentous general election of the 20th century.
When Constance Markievicz made history in December 1918 as the first woman ever to be elected in a Westminster election, she was locked up as a prisoner in Holloway jail in London.
In fifth class at Mercy Boys National School in Galway, lessons can sometimes be a bit of a high-wire act.
Novelist Sophie Kinsella on her Irish backgrond, planning stories with spreadsheets and coping with pressure.
It was the morning when World War I came close to Dublin's shores, as the Germans attacked.
Satirist Blindboy Boatclub on writing stories, his plastic-bag persona and an unusual lawnmower ambition.
The Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is the sort of chap whose idea of being casual is to wear a tweed jacket and tie at weekends, rather than his normal workaday double-breasted pinstripe suit.
March 1918 was a catastrophic month for thousands of Irishmen serving on the Western Front in World War I.
This month, there has been snow on the ground at Attymass National School under the Ox Mountains in Co Mayo.
Historian Marianne Elliott on 'Hearthlands', her memoir about growing up in Belfast before the Troubles
Ireland is on the brink of a waste-management crisis following China's ban on imported plastics.
It only takes one visit to a recycling plant in Dublin to realise that we are not a nation that likes to comply with any kind of rules.
Susan Stairs on the attack that inspired her new novel, and her yearning since childhood to be an archaeologist.
Novelist John Boyne on finally broaching Irish themes in his fiction, and what he learned working in a bookshop
When Gerry Adams finally steps down as Sinn Féin leader at a special Ard Fheis on February 10 after 35 years in charge, he will pass the republican torch to a new generation.
Alice Taylor on her runaway bestseller, writing with a pencil and rubber, and her love of Biggles stories
If there is a general election this year, the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin knows it will be a fight to the political death for himself personally.
Crime novelist and RTÉ broadcaster Sinéad Crowley on family noir and identifying with her detective character.
In the summer of 1912, there were scenes of uproar in Dublin as a flying hatchet thrown by suffragette Mary Leigh narrowly missed the head of the visiting Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, before grazing the ear of the Home Rule leader John Redmond.
At the height of the recent Frances Fitzgerald crisis, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gave a frank account of the difficulties he faces in doing his job. As his Tánaiste resigned amid controversy over her handling of the garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe, Leo said: "It is not difficult to identify some of the obvious problems that exist in our country and in some deep parts of our State.
For our round-up of the biggest news of the year, we are highlighting the people who were at the centre of the most talked-about stories of 2017, in politics and beyond.
It is an idea that many would shudder to contemplate. Some time in the 2020s, Irish soldiers could go to war under the blue flag of the European Union.