The crowd at Ballybrit Galway races yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

JP McManus comes up trumps with first two winners

Sema Opad and Amy Opad, from Saudi at the Galway races this evening. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Second day of racing in Ballybrit underway

A Muslim woman and children at an ice-cream van at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh, Dublin, during the festival of Eid-al-Fitr. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

About 2,500 people attend event at Clonskeagh mosque to mark end of Ramadan

The merger of Irish NGOs Gorta and Self Help Africa last Saturday has created one of the largest non-profit agricultural organisations in Ireland and Britain.

Merged NGO says they need to pool resources if they are to make a significant difference

Making hay while the sun shines: Anneliese Hogan (13 yesterday) at Mount Maulin farm, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Carlow tops temperature charts with highs of 27.7 degrees recorded, Met Éireann confirms

A one day strike by Siptu workers at Iarnród Éireann is due to take place on August 25th after the rail company said it will implement cost saving measures.

One-day stoppage and work to rule are a response by staff to cost-saving measures

A dole queue on Bishop Street, Dublin. The 2014 UN Human Development report calls for a commitment to full employment, which it says brongs social benefits.

Development levels ‘go backwards’ for first time in Ireland, Greece and Spain

Protesters on Dublin’s O Connell Street earlier this month demonstrating against Isreal attacks on Gaza. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Campaigner says decision ‘disgraceful’ while Israel ambassador criticises rights council

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service said it needs to collect 3,000 donations a week and has called on people to make a particular effort to give blood during the summer.

Transfusion service says reduced usage of blood by hospitals is forcing it to cut costs

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