Westmeath is a county in Ireland.
He may be the most written about man in the world at the moment — but in a small village in the Irish midlands, far from the bright lights of Hollywood and the drama of a US courthouse, actor Johnny Depp is fondly remembered as the man who came to lunch, and charmed everyone he met.
Elizabeth Cullen (‘Ireland must be peacemaker to prevent further loss of life’, Letters, May 19) asks for the preservation of Irish neutrality and says we might position ourselves to act as peacemakers between the belligerent countries of the world.
Army veteran Michael Tighe, who has died at the age of 83 , was one of the last of the Irish soldiers involved in the September 1961 Siege at Jadotville in the Congo, which was the subject of a widely praised Netflix film in 2016 starring Jamie Dornan as company commander, the late Pat Quinlan.
At the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa on the outskirts of Limerick City on Monday – almost two years to the day when Covid was first detected in Ireland – Paul Fitzgerald was getting accustomed to not wearing a facemask for a two-day gathering of general managers and senior teams from Cliste Hospitality’s hotels.
Lily Haskins, vice president of international transformation at New York-headquartered Diligent Corporation, spent a year examining 25 cities to identify the best location for a European hub for the provider of corporate governance software tools.
Last Thursday morning at 8.30am Donie Cassidy left his hotel in Galway and drove in his ministerial-style black Mercedes to Rahoon Cemetery to visit the grave of his sister-in-law, Stella Carroll, as he does every time he stays in the city.
The Irish language is booming. It’s also dying. So what exactly is going on? In the 2016 Census more than 1.7 million people claimed to speak Irish. There are more than 400 gaelscoils and all-Irish colleges on the island and that number is growing year on year.
Perhaps you want to take a post-Christmas breather or spend a few days looking ahead to 2022. Maybe you enjoy ‘Twixmas’ getaways in the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, or prefer to wait until it’s all over and have a quiet break in early January. Either way, you will need to book now – and cross fingers and toes that the latest Covid surge has abated and hotels remain open.
These days it’s the headquarters of Bus Éireann, but for almost a century, Broadstone was one of Dublin’s main railway stations, the capital’s gateway to the west coast. On the first floor of this imposing neoclassical building in Phibsborough Road, virtually unchanged in 160 years, is an office with a dark secret.
Aoife is six months pregnant and afraid to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Her pregnancy journey has already been full of heartbreak and complications, notwithstanding the pandemic. She’s gone through gruelling rounds of IVF and suffered miscarriages over the past two years.
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