Liam Collins: 'Time to blow the whistle on sports thuggery'
I was shocked at a recent GAA minor hurling match in south county Dublin at the undertone of violence on, and particularly off, the pitch.
I was shocked at a recent GAA minor hurling match in south county Dublin at the undertone of violence on, and particularly off, the pitch.
Murder victim Derek Hutch, who was shot dead in a gangland feud in Dublin, left an estate valued at €136,360, according to documents lodged in the Probate Office in Dublin last week.
Like a lot of things, you only really see them when you start looking. The older woman pushing a young child in a buggy; the grey-haired man...
What Jeffrey Bernard, who started each day with a vodka and orange juice for breakfast, was doing in Kerry seemed to be a mystery, even to him.
My daughter was coming home from babysitting one night recently when a fox casually trotted past her with someone's pet rabbit in its mouth.
The traditional music enthusiast and Guinness heir the Hon Garech Browne of Luggala, Co Wicklow, has left more than €4m in an eccentric 1985 will in which many of the beneficiaries, including his father and mother, Lord and Lady Oranmore and Browne, are already dead.
The owner of The Phoenix magazine, John Mulcahy, who has died in Dublin at the age of 86, was regarded by some as a muckraking publisher and by others as an editor who exposed the Irish elites to well-deserved scrutiny.
Writing this I'm listening, as I do around this time of year, to the plaintiff voice of Ronnie Drew on his final recording, singing Kurt Weill's September Song and thinking of the passing of time.
Michael O'Flaherty, who has died at his home in Guernsey at the age of 86, was the son of businessman Stephen O'Flaherty who made his fortune through acquiring the Volkswagen franchise for Ireland and England, becoming one of Ireland's richest men in the process.
The flamboyant horse trainer and gambler Mick O'Toole, who has died aged 86, had notable successes in training Davy Lad to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1977 and Dickens Hill to win the Irish 2000 Guineas, in 1979.
It was the sumptuous portrait of a beautiful woman dressed in Venetian carnival attire by the painter Sir Oswald Birley that caught the eye.
The well-known gardening writer, horticulturist and wartime codebreaker Ruth Ross, whose son is Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, left more than €4m in her will which went...
Treading water in the slightly snot-coloured Irish Sea off Blackrock, Co Dublin, one of the other swimmers pointed to the clear blue sky, splashed the water and said: "They still haven't found a...
Towards the end of his 1997 book Thanks a Million Big Fella, Sam Smyth concluded: "Then there's Michael Lowry, who after suffering personal and...
JUDGE John Blayney, who has died aged 93, had the distinction of scoring a spectacular try in his only appearance for Ireland at Lansdowne Road in February 1950, after running 40 yards with the...
When his rakish father John Stanislaus Joyce died in the Whitworth Hospital in Drumcondra, Dublin in December 1931, his son James requested that he be commemorated with a bench adjacent to the grounds where people could sit and chat.
If you put aside Shane Ross's obsession with the grey vote, his latest 'granny flat' grant is a very good idea on a number of levels.
Before there was the Playboy ''centrefold'' there was the erotic realism of Gustave Courbet's The Origin of the World which was painted more than 150 years ago and inspired one of the great mysteries of the art world.
"He was an ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life," Alan Carr said at the end of the funeral Mass for his father Bunny in Sutton, Co Dublin yesterday. "But most of all, his story was a love story of Bunny and our mother Joan, who are together now," he added.
While it has not yet lived up to Brendan Behan's prophesy that it would "beat the bejasus out of the Bible", The Ginger Man has sold millions of copies around the world and spawned an industry once presided over by its author, JP Donleavy, and continued by his literary heirs, his adult children Philip and Karen.
To a cacophony of church bells and helicopter blades, Pope Francis swept through Dublin city centre yesterday.
His leave-taking had little of the spontaneous entertainment that sometimes went on for days at Luggala, but then Garech Browne is gone, even if his spirit lives on in the brooding Wicklow fastness he once called home.
The photographer Art O'Callaghan had left Higgins's pub near the junction of Liffey Street and was making his way back to the newspaper's office in Middle Abbey Street, Dublin when a whirling mass of Chinese men spilled out of the doorway of a narrow little restaurant known as The New Universal brandishing meat cleavers, long kitchen knives and iron bars.
Eighty-year-old champion Bridge-playing barrister Barbara Seligman was wheeling her 14-year-old miniature toy Pomeranian dog Topaz in a pram towards the apartment she rents in Gorey from Mary Bowe - owner of Marlfield House - when a neighbour stopped her to admire 'the baby'.
There is an unexpected solemnity about Gavin Duffy, as he officially opens his campaign to seek a nomination to contest the Presidential election, which is expected to take place on October 28.
As if on cue, the "snot green sea" beneath the Martello Tower in Sandycove took on a Mediterranean-like hue as the sun came out to give a Bloomsday of "mild morning air".
Leafy Eglinton Road doesn't so much drip wealth as ooze it. It is quintessential Dublin 4 with its mixture of red-brick villas, semi-d's of a very different kind to the suburban estates on the outskirts of Dublin, and some modest, but expensive properties, at either end.
Sports commentator and journalist Jimmy Magee left more than €1.7m in his will, according to documents lodged last week in the Probate Office in Dublin.
There was a certain air of one-upmanship in the sunshine-bathed government guesthouse Farmleigh, at the opening of Anthony Palliser's 'Irish Portraits' exhibition.
"Tom used to say the Greeks thought there was only one question worth asking about a man when he died: was he passionate?" Tom Murphy's widow, Jane Brennan, told the attendance at his funeral service yesterday. When they applauded, she continued: "Well, that answers that.".
When Modigliani's Reclining Nude was on display in Room 45 of the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin for six years, it didn't cause anything like the stir that erupted after it was sold in Sotheby's "tepid sale" in New York last week for €133m, or indeed when the Parisian police closed down the gallery where it was first exhibited in 1917.
To President of the United States John F Kennedy she was 'Dear Dot' - and his warm and informal letters to her in the wake of his Irish visit typified the close relationship between her and the Boston/Irish clan which lasted a lifetime.
Former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave has left more than €33m in his will, including €6,000 for Masses to be said for his soul.
The showjumper Tommy Wade on his ''glorified'' Connemara pony, Dundrum, not only electrified audiences at the annual Horse Show in the RDS, Dublin in the 1960s but can be credited with popularising the sport of showjumping, then regarded as an elitist pursuit of the Anglo-Irish ascendency.
Archbishop Thomas Croke and Michael Cusack must have been spinning in their graves but that didn't bother the rubber-lipped Mick Jagger and his ageing band of British rockers, the Rolling Stones, when they stormed Croke Park with the opening chords of 'Sympathy for the Devil'.
After a sojourn of more than five years, the heart of St Laurence O'Toole was returned to Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin last Thursday evening with all the pomp and circumstance befitting an 800-year-old desiccated relic.
Maureen Haughey, wife of the former Taoiseach Charles J Haughey, has left more than €9m in her will, one of the largest personal legacies recorded in the Probate Office this year.
"I could not think of a nicer homecoming than you have given me here today," an emotional and entertaining Sir Anthony O'Reilly told an audience of old school and international rugby friends at the opening of the O'Reilly Room in his old clubhouse in Dublin yesterday.
Maureen Haughey, wife of former Taoiseach Charles J Haughey, has left more than €9m in her will, according to papers lodged in the Probate Office in Dublin last week.
From the sophisticated radio and television studios where his music was rarely played to the by-ways around Oram where he was laid to rest last Friday, Big Tom exited stage left with a final chorus of Gentle Mother echoing behind him.
'I am the last of the vaudevillians," he says - and like most of his kind, Noel V Ginnity has that melancholy streak common to comedians, a moment when laughter turns to tears as he talks emotionally about a pivotal moment in life when he realised he'd almost thrown it all away.
On Friday last, The Irish Times published almost a full-page interview with businessman and political activist Declan Ganley in which he claimed that he never had "personal animus" towards businessman Denis O'Brien, who recently had him "joined" in what are now "conspiracy" allegations in the High Court.
I'm sitting in The Swan, a fine Victorian pub in Aungier Street, Dublin, having a usual Friday evening pint. But this Friday, it just doesn't quite seem the same.
'I'm good at this sort of s**t," declared Karl Brophy, the man behind Red Flag Consulting, in a text to the one-time Fianna Fail TD Colm Keaveney. They were texting back and forth about the billionaire businessman Denis O'Brien and how much he paid for his loans and the purchase of Siteserv from the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC), formerly Anglo Irish Bank.
A glamorous socialite with a glass of "bubbles" in her hand, Vi Lawlor became a by-word for style with the social columnists at a time when celebrity was in its infancy in Ireland.
The fascinating world where big business, lobbyists, politicians and the media intersect was aired over two days in the High Court last week, illuminating a web of texts, clandestine 'non-meetings' and secret briefings that led to front-page stories and headlines on television and radio news bulletins.
Two of Dublin's most respected clergymen over recent decades, who died within months of each other, have left contrasting fortunes according to documents lodged in the Probate Office in Dublin last week.
Some of those who became lifelong friends (the poet John Montague and film-maker John Boorman among them) would at first dislike the young Garech Browne, believing him to be a trust fund toff playing at being Irish with his Aran sweaters, tweed suits, his interest in antique horse-drawn carriages and the lavish entertainments at his remote castellated Wicklow home.
Whether or not newspapers can influence the outcome of an election or a referendum is arguable. But certainly the world's most powerful media mogul Rupert Murdoch believes they can, otherwise why would his newspapers continually intervene in everything from the Brexit referendum in Britain to the looming battle over the Eighth Amendment in Ireland?
Catherine Nevin, who became known as 'The Black Widow' in sections of the media following the murder of her husband Tom at Jack White's Inn, near Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow, was convicted of his murder and conspiracy to murder after a lengthy and highly publicised trial nearly 18 years ago.
We've all lived with Ireland's 'urban/rural divide' and claims that major infrastructure projects tend to go to Dublin, with the population shift which inevitably follows.
For historic reasons Waterford is lopsided, all on the south side of the deep River Suir which runs through the heart of the city. The north side was once the industrial port but when it moved to a new purpose-built site at Belview, in the early 1990s, the land on the north side of the river became largely redundant. Since then the city has continued to expand southwards into its Waterford hinterland.
The sudden volatility in the financial markets tumbling all last week on Wall Street should be a warning to Paschal Donohoe and the Government that the time has probably arrived for the State to get serious about cashing in its chips and bailing out of Allied Irish Banks.
Carpet king Des Kelly left a gross estate of more than €13m in his will which included charitable bequests to two Dublin homeless shelters and €71,425 for the canonisation of Matt Talbot.
Paddy Harte, who has died aged 86, said he was persuaded to stand as a candidate for the Letterkenny ward of Donegal County Council only because his father James had twice failed to get elected and following his sudden death at the age of 49, “I simply wanted to complete something he had started”.
An Irish nun has left more than €10m in her will.
She was the most famous Irish actress most people never heard of.
It should be very clear to us by now that politicians and civil servants cannot solve the housing crisis.
A casual observer might wonder why it took seven weeks, including 24 full days in the High Court in Dublin, to decipher an email headed: 'Pilot update: what the markets are saying about Ryanair'. Even some of those in court were perplexed by the length of a trial that was expected to last three weeks and ended in a humiliation for the Irish airline.
Stephen Ward, portrayed as a dark and malign figure in the life and downfall of the beautiful young Christine Keeler, reported here last week, was the wayward son of an English vicar and Irish mother, who came from a distinguished Irish landed family.
There was a glaring, if not unexpected, lack of analysis of Irish Times DAC's acquisition of Landmark Media Investments, the company behind the Irish Examiner newspaper and related provincial papers and radio interest, last Wednesday.
Before the first passenger-carrying tram glided from the GPO to Broombridge yesterday, the Taoiseach set guests at the official opening a riddle: "How many Ministers for Transport does it take to extend the Luas?"
Ah, but it's very, very cold," they say. But nothing, I reply.
Werner Braun was sitting on the bed waiting for his wilful wife Heide when she returned to her bedroom in the Imperial Hotel, Cork, where she had hid for a week to escape their crumbling marriage.
Walking through the streets of Dublin on Friday night, with young people spilling out of restaurants and bars, sipping pints and smoking cigarettes in the cool night air, suddenly transported me back to another time, another place, a drab city of the not-so-distant past that now seems like an alien land.
Colourful publican and businessman Oliver Hughes, founder of the Porterhouse pub chain and Dingle Distillery, has left more than €20m in his will, according to documents lodged in the Probate Office in Dublin.
For those of us indoctrinated with claustrophobic nationalism, seeing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wearing the 'shamrock poppy' in Dail Eireann last week, ahead of Remembrance Sunday today, was a milestone in our maturity as a nation.
Jennifer Guinness, who was at the centre of an eight-day kidnap drama in the mid-1980s, left €9m in her will according to documents lodged in the Probate Office last week.
The future of Dublin's skyline hung in the balance last week as one of the country's Lazarus-like developers, Johnny Ronan, battled to save his 22-storey development on an elbow of the River Liffey facing Liberty Hall.
Audrey Charteris, wife of the creator of debonair television sleuth Simon Templar from The Saint, has left estate in Ireland valued at nearly €400,000.
There is a widespread view that The Irish Times is sailing perilously close to the edge with its 'exclusive' talks to purchase Landmark Media Investments, the disaster-prone publishers of the Irish Examiner newspaper.
If Conor Killeen harboured any ambitions to become a newspaper magnate, then the changing of the guard at Key Capital appears to have put an end to them.
The greatest distraction about Atlantic Philanthropies is, ironically, its founder Charles 'Chuck' Feeney, the secretive Irish-American billionaire who gave all his money away, yet left nothing behind bearing his name.
The former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave was laid to rest yesterday in Dublin in the way he wanted - with a simple religious ceremony and none of the trappings or pomp of a State funeral.
Liam Cosgrave, who has died in Dublin at the age of 97, was a former Fine Gael leader, Taoiseach and member of the 'old guard' of the party, which he led from 1965 to 1977.
When his wife Vera died late last year Liam Cosgrave rang his friend, Monsignor John Wilson, in Ballymore Eustace and told him he wanted a low- key funeral for his wife and for himself when his time came: "no speeches and no nonsense", which, the priest added, "was the type of man he was."
If not exactly the end of Michael O'Leary, this week looked very like the beginning of the end.
No Mass booklet was needed to remind mourners at his funeral yesterday of what he looked or sounded like.
THE ATTENDANCE of notorious killer Malcolm Macarthur at the launch of Alan Shatter's memoir has been described as "appalling" and "despicable" by one of Ireland's leading crime detectives.
NOTORIOUS killer Malcolm Macarthur mingled with politicians and members of the legal fraternity at the launch of former justice minister Alan Shatter’s memoir.
One of Ireland’s wealthiest businessmen, Irish Volkswagen heir Nigel O’Flaherty, who died last year at the age of 79, has left almost €60m in his will.
One of Ireland's wealthiest businessmen, Irish Volkswagen heir Nigel O'Flaherty, who died last year at the age of 79, has left almost €60m in his will.
In some ways, JP Donleavy was a one-hit wonder with his novel The Ginger Man - but what a hit it was.
Irish musicians are losing millions of euro in royalties, according to one of the most respected figures in the industry, Paddy Cole.
Donald 'Don' Cockburn, who has died at the age of 87, was an accidental news reader in the sense that his early ambition was to join the Irish diplomatic service, to which end he learned Russian and Spanish - an interest he maintained for the rest of his life.
As an old-style reporter Valerie Cox has never been the story herself until now, when she least expected it.
A lifetime in the bear pit of politics and the cauldron of business has prepared Ivan Yates for the challenges and the tyranny of a late-night political television show. But what of his co-presenter Matt Cooper? Has he got it in him to present The Tonight Show, which has been billed as the centrepiece of TV3's political coverage in the autumn.
James Osborne packed much into his 68 years on earth and it was this zest for life and laughter, his devil-may-care attitude and his charming smile and laser blue eyes that were celebrated at a memorial service in the Examination Hall of Trinity College Dublin on Friday.
Family and friends of the late James Osborne were joined by hundreds of leading figures from the corporate, business and legal worlds at a memorial service in Trinity College Dublin yesterday to mark his life and achievements.
When a William Scott painting, Blue Still Life, was sold at Whyte's Irish & International Art Auction in Dublin earlier this summer for €460,000, observers of the art scene began to sit up and take notice.
When I missed a mortgage payment and had to put €3,000 on the credit card to pay college fees for one of the kids, I knew that financially I was in real trouble.
The first time those outside the trucking business heard about Robert 'Pino' Harris was a grainy, black and white BBC documentary back in the late 1960s. It showed a priest walking along a line of Hino trucks waving his aspergillum vigorously as he shook Holy Water over the assembled fleet before they were exported from the North Wall to England.
It was a Whit bank holiday weekend - and while most ordinary folk were heading off to enjoy the holiday, a small but dedicated band of gamblers spent the days leading up to that Saturday night in smoke-filled backrooms, plotting a coup that would make headlines around the world.
It is high summer in Kilnacrott, Co Cavan. Not even the ominous evergreen trees that surround the one-time Norbertine house and its small graveyard can darken this glorious summer's day.
It emerged from the wreckage of the unrequited love affairs between Monaghan peer Lord 'Paddy' Rossmore and the heroin-addicted Marianne Faithfull. That glamorous story of the 'swinging 60s' masked the harsh reality of drug addiction that is swamping therapeutic services, but inspired the founders of Coolmine in west Dublin.
It is a tribute to Martin Molony, who died last Monday at the age of 91, that although he retired from horse racing in 1951 at the age of 26, his exploits as a jockey were still remembered and celebrated well over a half a century later.
It was ironic that racing legend Tommy Carberry, who died last week at the age of 75, made his name on a horse called L'Escargot, or The Snail when translated from French.
The headline said it all: "Haughey's Humiliation - former Taoiseach counts the cost of his £1.3m gift".
When Malcolm Macarthur opened the door to No 6 Pilot View that Friday evening in August, the Attorney General Paddy Connolly, in whose apartment he was staying, was accompanied by John Courtney, head of the 'Murder Squad', and two of his ablest detectives, Noel Conroy and Tony Hickey.
Des Hanafin, who died last Thursday aged 86, was a Fianna Fail senator and fundraiser, businessman, campaigner against divorce and abortion and a heroic drinker before giving up alcohol altogether.
Over the past few years a casual observer of the landscape of some of our more salubrious streets and suburbs would have seen some far-from-subtle changes.
Fred (Frederick) Cogley was 'the voice of Irish rugby' in the pre-professional era when the Interprovincial series and the four-yearly internationals, including the Triple Crown, were the highlight of the rugby calendar.
Six weeks after their first meeting in 1981 "we decided to spend the rest of our lives together", Children's Minister Katherine Zappone told those gathered at the funeral service for her wife Dr Ann Louise Gilligan (61) who died last Wednesday from complications following a brain haemorrhage sustained 87 days before.
Last Friday night was a fitting occasion to commemorate the literary and life work of the poet and writer Anthony Cronin, who died two days after last Christmas.
The judge appointed to investigate the fiasco at the Rio Olympic Games has concluded there was a concealed relationship between Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey and British ticketing agent Marcus Evans and his company THG.
For a bright, shining moment Scruffy Murphy's pub became a place where you could meet almost anybody, and almost always did!
Felicity Fox, a vivacious and pioneering female estate agent, died of a rare form of cancer at St Vincent's Private Hospital, at the age of 49.
When the staff of the Central Bank left their iconic offices in Dame Street, Dublin, for the last time one recent Friday, they walked out leaving behind over a thousand desks, computers, chairs and pieces of office furniture - and into a brand new fully-fitted office block on the quays.
When the credits roll at the end of The Late Late Show next Friday night, that of 'executive producer Larry Masterson' will be running for the final time.
The colourful criminal lawyer John Devane, who represented leading members of rival Limerick gangs during the murderous feuds of the 1990s and early 2000s, has died at the age of 54.
A recent encounter with an Irish Times staffer made for a sobering experience. Usually a bon viveur with the optimism of a Leaving Cert student heading to Magaluf, this Irish Times veteran couldn't hide their melancholy. Asked how the mood was in the grand old institution that is the Irish Times, they reflected momentarily, cast their eyes down and after a short pensiveness, looked up and replied: "Like the Mary Celeste."
One of Ireland's richest men is set for another high-profile clash with the Turf Club, the governing body of Irish racing.
The jockey Johnny Roe, who has died in Dublin aged 79, was involved in a dramatic upset in the 1975 running of the 1,000 Guineas classic at Newmarket, England, on the unfancied Irish raider Nocturnal Spree.
The author and photographer Jacqueline O'Brien, wife of Vincent, the late founder of Ballydoyle Stud in Co Tipperary, left almost €6m in her will.
Phil Meagher, the son of a Dublin publican, who has died at the age of 90, was a gregarious and colourful figure in the drinks industry for decades and helped 'invent' the Heineken Cup when he persuaded the Dutch brewery to make its first foray into rugby sponsorship.