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Looking for a haunting tonight? We’ve found 13 of Ireland’s most haunted places

irishtimes.com — Haunted Ireland by Tarquin Blake, Collins Press, is an absorbing Halloween read and a guide to the spookiest places to visit in every hidden dark place in Ireland tonight. It's oiche shamhna - the Irish word for the night when the boundary between life and death vanishes.

Let me introduce you to Priscilla, my fake leg

irishtimes.com — This month marked my 10th anniversary of being an amputee, and this is also the year I got a bejewelled prosthetic leg. When I was 17, I had my right foot amputated for medical and aesthetic reasons.

Government’s wiggle-room on water charges limited

irishtimes.com — The Government has limited room for manoeuvre in cutting water charges to consumers, if it wants to keep the costs of Irish Water off the State balance sheet. This is the crux of the problem it faces as it aims to defuse public anger at the charges.

Apple warns it may have to pay Irish back-tax

irishtimes.com — Apple has warned shareholders it may have to pay a material amount of back-tax to Ireland if the European Commission's inquiry into its arrangements in the Republic finds they constituted state aid. The company has further warned shareholders that a ruling against Ireland could mean the company would have to pay more tax on its profits in future years.

National Museum considers closures and entrance fees to deal with 2015 funding crisis

irishtimes.com — The National Museum of Ireland was last night considering radical proposals to deal with a funding crisis, including closing of some of its sites from January or introducing entry charges. The museum is due to receive funding of €11.3 million in 2015, equivalent to its 2014 allocation.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @sineadgleeson: The National Museum at Collins Barracks may close sections and charge entrance fees in a bid to stay open. irishtimes.com/news/ireland/i…

Oct 31, 2014

The National Museum at Collins Barracks may close sections and charge entrance fees in a bid to stay open. irishtimes.com/news/ireland/i…

Donald Clarke meets Mike Leigh

irishtimes.com — Donald Clarke meets Mike Leigh to discuss his latest movie: Mr. Turner.

Ireland’s ‘oldest known separate map’ expected to fetch €3 million

irishtimes.com — The oldest known separate individual map of the island of Ireland has come to light in a 600-year-old atlas which is expected to sell for more than €3 million at auction in London next month. Christie's auctioneers said the extraordinary 15th century map - "aptly bordered in bright green" - was the oldest known separate, individual map of the island.
Oct 31, 2014

Should be in national collection Ireland’s ‘oldest known separate map’ expected to fetch €3 million irishtimes.com/culture/irelan… via @IrishTimes

A sneak preview of tomorrow’s books pages in The Irish Times

irishtimes.com — To whet your appetite for our four pages of books coverage in The Irish Times tomorrow, here is a sneak preview of what you have to look forward to.
Oct 31, 2014

Brian O'Driscoll, Dessie O'Malley, Graham Norton and Nick Hornby reviewed... “@fotoole: Tomorrow's books pages irishtimes.com/culture/books/…

Fire forces France’s public radio off air

irishtimes.com — A fire erupted at Paris' public radio house on Friday, forcing an evacuation of the building as radios went off-air. Pictures on Twitter showed large dark clouds rising out of the top floors. "We are forced to interrupt our programmes and evacuate," a journalist said on France Info radio.

10 scary stories for Halloween

irishtimes.com — 1. The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm One of the finest short novels in the German language, it has everything: ambition, passion, revenge, churning water, despair and a white horse. Published in 1888, shades of Goethe's Faust mingled with the wrongdoings of the world of men are juxtaposed here.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @MartinDoyleIT: Wooooooh! Our literary correspondent Eileen Battersby picks her 10 scary stories for Halloween irishtimes.com/culture/books/…

Abbey Theatre records profit of €700,000 for last year

irishtimes.com — The Abbey Theatre last year swung back into profit after cutting costs by €2 million, new figures show. The theatre recorded a profit last year of €718,130, 12 months after posting a loss of €1.4 million in 2012. At the start of this year, the theatre was budgeting to record a modest €42,000 loss for 2014.
Oct 31, 2014

On the other hand, @AbbeyTheatre Theatre has recorded a profit of €700,000 for the last year iti.ms/1ubj1kU

First map of Ireland without Britain expected to fetch €3m

irishtimes.com — The oldest known separate individual map of the island of Ireland has come to light in a 600-year-old atlas which is expected to sell for more than €3 million at auction in London next month. Christie's auctioneers said the extraordinary 15th century map - "aptly bordered in bright green" - was the oldest known separate, individual map of the island.

Panti Bliss says memoir reflects ‘a changing Ireland’

irishtimes.com — Rory O'Neill, the entertainer and gay rights activist better known as Panti Bliss, said his newly published memoir was a reflection of a changing Ireland told through the prism of his own life story. O'Neill was speaking at the launch of A Woman in the Making at Panti Bar in Dublin, where he was introduced by former RTÉ news anchor Anne Doyle.

Hoard of 17th century artefacts found at Rathfarnham Castle

irishtimes.com — A near perfect hoard of 17th century artefacts has been discovered in an underground lair of Rathfarnham Castle, revealing intimate details of the lives of the family who lived there and wider Irish society during that period. The hoard was discovered about a month ago by construction workers installing a lift shaft at the castle.

Ivor Callely won’t be released early, say prison sources

irishtimes.com — Reports that former Fianna Fáil junior minister Ivor Callely was set for early release from his prison sentence for lodging bogus expenses claims have been dismissed by prison sources. The Irish Prison Service declined to comment on widespread media coverage today suggesting the 56-year-old was being readied for release in coming days, around two weeks before his five-month sentence was due to expire.

Michael Harding welcomes lifetime achievement award for Paul Durcan

irishtimes.com — The lrish literati were out in full force this morning for the announcement of the 2014 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards shortlist. With 60 books shortlisted in 12 categories, a host of well-known faces attended the event at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

Four accused of Mairia Cahill cover-up decline meeting with Taoiseach

irishtimes.com — The four people who allegedly conducted the IRA investigation into the rape of Mairia Cahill have declined the offer of a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The offer of a meeting arose during Dail exchanges last week when Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams challenged the Taoiseach to meet the four people named in the BBC Spotlight programme.

Man arrested over Jean McConville murder

irishtimes.com — A man has been arrested in connection with the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972. The 73-year-old from Dunmurray was detained by detectives from the Serious Crime Branch of the PSNI this morning. "He has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning," PSNI detective inspector Neil McGuiness said.

Words the most enduring monument in former battlefields of Flanders

irishtimes.com — Driving through northern Flanders, the flat, agricultural farmland is dotted with cemeteries, a visual reminder of the bloodshed that unfolded here a century ago. Around the Ypres area alone there are more than 130 cemeteries run by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the resting place of thousands of men who fought on the allied side in the first World War.
Oct 30, 2014

Comrades' graves, murderous madness, soulless military logic MT @suzannelynch1 on WW1 for 'Europe Letter': bit.ly/1rCpU7n