The Late Late Toy Show was the most watched programme of the year to date with an average of 1.36 million viewers.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Friday night’s broadcast was most watched programme of the year, figures show

Colombia Three member Jim Monaghan. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Jim Monaghan given 17-year sentence for training Farc guerrillas in 2004

Former IFA president Eddie Downey: he was on a package of up to €200,000 a year. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

John Donnelly said he was only paid enough to employ one replacement on his farm

Irish volunteers went to war at the urging of John Redmond, but no one expected the huge numbers of casualties

 Flowers and  messages at the scene of the  stabbing of Lorcan O’Reilly at   the Oliver Bond Street  flat complex in Dublin on November 1st. Photograph: Collins

Lorcan O’Reilly (21) died while trying to break up a fight outside flats on Halloween night

The average portion size of a chicken tikka masala main course contained 1,249 calories, almost two-thirds of the guideline daily amount (GDA). Photograph: Getty Images

Most meals contain enough food for two people, new research finds

People entering the Republique metro  station in front of the makeshift memorial in tribute to  the victims of the Paris attacks at the Place de la Republique on Monday. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Parents asked to take children straight to their classrooms in wake of attacks

Brigid Maguire (43), a mother-of-two, was found in her home in Mullingar, Co Westmeath on Saturday evening. Photograph: Facebook

Man in his 50s remains in custody after body of mother-of-two found on Saturday evening

Randy Blythe, frontman with Lamb of God, who says he was attacked in Dublin by a gang of teenagers on Sunday night. Photograph: Getty Images

Spay and neuter your feral children, heavy metal singer advises citizens of capital

France to erect monument to Irish who died in France during first World War at Glasnevin Cemetery

Paula Douglas, who was adopted in Ireland and now lives in the United States, pictured with her daughter Caitlin

Paula Douglas’s birth certificate was forged and she cannot trace her birth mother

 British soldiers eating hot rations in the Ancre Valley during the Battle of the Somme, October 1916. Photograph: Lt E Brooks/IWM via Getty Images

Taoiseach says Irish dead of the battle was ‘a loss that has transcended generations’

A deserted street in Dublin during the Easter Rising in 1916.

Edward Murphy was killed in 1916 after he tipped his hat to a passing acquaintance

Three 8in howitzers firing at the Battle of the Somme in August 1916. John Fox, who won an All-Ireland with Clare in 1914, was injured during the battle. File photograph: Getty Images

Gap in GAA history ‘needed’ examination given silence around members’ involvement

Cork couple Kieran and Catherine O’Sullivan have won the prestigious Dairy Farmer of the Year award.

Kieran O’Sullivan wins dairy farmer of the year award

Louis Tomlinson tweeted: “We’re so so sorry for what happened tonight, it was out of our control ! Lots of love to Liam and thank you for being so understanding !” Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Two other planned concerts to go ahead at Belfast’s SSE Arena as Liam Payne recovers

Kathleen Clarke: described Roger Casement as someone who really knew nothing about Ireland.

Wife of executed Easter Rising leader reveals disdain for Casement on secret tape

Taoiseach Enda Kenny visiting the scene of the fire at the halting site in Carrickmines, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fifteen left homeless by fatal fire must leave temporary residence after Wednesday

 Hugh O’Sullivan  at Glenamuck Cottages on the road into the proposed site. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Rockville Drive locals have been waiting for passions to cool on controversy following fire

Flowers left at the site of the fire that claimed 10 lives on the Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Local opposition and concerns about antisocial behaviour blamed for underspend

Argentinian fans celebrate their win against Ireland in the Rugby World Cup upon leaving the Trinity Bar in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Trinity Bar on Dame Street packed with fans well before 1pm start of quarter-final

The Galway Regional and Divisional Headquarters at Murrough Road in Galway city will have 12,000 square metres of space of which 4,000 square metres will be a basement.

Divisional headquarters in Galway will have 12,000 square metres of space

Michael Conlan, from Belfast, with his daughter Luisne (three months) and the gold medal he won in the Boxing world championship in Doha, at Dublin Airport, Friday, October 16th, 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Bantamweight gold medallist Michael Conlan reckons he’ll be ‘doing the nappies from now on’

Tánaiste Joan Burton said all the posters had been prepared with the presses “ready to roll whenever the date was called”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste believes reaction to budget has been positive and that they struck ‘good balance’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanáiste Joan Burton. Mr Kenny has admitted he should have moved more quickly to quell speculation about a November election. Photograph: The Irish Times

Kenny says he should have dealt with date more clearly. ‘It will be held in the spring’

Tensions increase between Alan Kelly and Fine Gael over housing package

Major Easter Rising commemorations in Dublin city centre in April 2006 for the event’s 90th anniversary. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some €31m from budget allocation to finish major capital projects associated with 1916

Farming organisation have also welcomed an increase in the  threshold for Capital Acquisitions Tax to €280,000.

Credit of €5,000 per year for five years ‘significant and would help farm families’

Ruined buildings in Dublin after the 1916 Rising

Some 240 Easter Rising relatives interviewed for oral history project

Krish and Lelia Naidoo at their home in Dalkey, Co Dublin, in February 1993. He had said: “If you stand on Grafton Street any Saturday, you can pick out at least 20 Miss Worlds. They’re just scared to enter.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

S African businessman said Ireland gave him chances he would not have had at home

President Michael D Higgins signs a Book of Condolence  at The Mansion House, in  Dublin for those who died in the   Carrickmines fire. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Michael D Higgins says country ‘deeply moved’ by tragedy in which 10 people died

British nurse Edith Cavell was executed on October 12th, 1915

Centenary of execution of nurse

The Dublin Festival of History will conclude this weekend with a lecture by Trinity College Dublin historian Dr Stephen O’Connor about ex-British servicemen who joined the IRA during the War of Independence. He has counted 124 to date, the best known of whom was Tom Barry

History, horses and films - there is plenty of non-sporting activity this weekend

Rod Stewart performing at the RDS during a show on June 19th, 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Date set for next June, 5 Seconds of Summer also announce April show at Dublin’s 3Arena

Week 1, Lecture 1: Ireland in Rebellion An Introduction. Photograph: Trinity College Dublin/YouTube

14-week explainer series offered by university on its YouTube and iTunes channels

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly was forced to abandon his ministerial car after it was surrounded by protesters. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Ministerial vehicle pelted with stones and bricks during visit to Bluebell community centre

Tánaiste Joan Burton highlighted the role of women in the Rising. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Some 1,800 events announced for the community programme to remember 1916

Dr Dennis Slamon’s discovery of Herceptin in the 1990s has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of women worldwide, including an estimated 1,000 in Ireland.

Doctor’s discovery of breast cancer drug Herceptin saved lives of countless women

A Kerry event next year will remember Roger Casement’s landing at Banna Strand

Public response ‘overwhelming’ as 1,800 community events drawn up for 2016

The community programme of the 1916 commemorations will be launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Number of events reach 1,800 as community programme to be launched by Taoiseach

Event is ‘wonderful opportunity’ to look back at 1916 and to look forward, editor says

Aodhán Ó Riordáin was in Gallipoli with the Duke of Gloucester to pay tribute to the 10th (Irish) Division who left the peninsula in the autumn of 1915 for Salonika having sustained thousands of casualties. Photograph: Aodhán Ó Riordáin

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said those who died in British uniforms were often forgotten

The number of older people contacting Alone who are worried about housing has risen from 29 per cent in 2010 to more than 50 per cent last year. File photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

More than 50% of calls Alone received in 2014 related to homelessness or housing

Paschal Donohoe said making helmets compulsory would have an “instant and very negative effect” on city bicycle schemes being rolled out across the country. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Cyclists without helmets are three times more likely to suffer head trauma, study finds

Image issued by Suffolk Police of Julian Myerscough, who has been arrested in Dublin after  absconding from a British court  shortly before being convicted of downloading indecent images of children. File photograph: Suffolk Police/PA Wire

Ex-lecturer Julian Myerscough absconded from Ipswich court before jury convicted him

 Swimmers bask in  sunshine late last month, at Seapoint, Co Dublin. Met Éireann forecaster Pat Clarke said people should make the best of the good weather this weekend as more cloud and rain is forecast for next week.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Glorious Indian summer set to end as wind and rain forecast for next week

Actress Meryl Streep at the premiére of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa at the Savoy cinema in Dublin in September 1998. She played Kate Murphy in the screen adaptation of Friel’s play. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Playwright ‘part of the theatrical life of every theatre house’ in Ireland, Abbey director says

Levels of tolerance are similar in Ireland to the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark, the most tolerant countries in the EU. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish people more tolerant of those who are LGBT or from different ethnic backgrounds

Mary Hannon (10), wearing her great-grandfather’s old IRA service medal, with Sgt Amy Hopkins and Lt Stephen Cunningham  at a Defence Forces ceremony at St Raphael’s Special School, Celbridge, heralding  the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

National flag and copy of Proclamation to be presented to every school in the country

An Irish scientist examining photographs from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has found further evidence of water flowing on the surface of Mars increasing the chances of life existing on the Red Planet.

Timing of news after Nasa announcement a ‘coincidence’, Dr Colman Gallagher says

Pupils of Mount Temple Take part in red tshirt day. Photograph: Stephen McCullagh

Bernard Dunleavy says drowning of Aylan Kurdi moved people around world to respond

Gardaí have released a man they were questioning about alleged human trafficking in Co Donegal.

Immigrant Council of Ireland says Government must now implement action plan

Work begins on the demolition of the Clydagh Bridge near Moycullen in Co Galway on Tuesday. Photograph: Shayna Davidson

Protestors say destruction of bridge near Moycullen is act of environmental vandalism

  Former press ombudsman Prof  John Horgan with    the author of John Redmond: A Life Undone, Irish Times foreign editor Chris Dooley,  at the book launch at Hodges Figgis in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘John Redmond: A Life Undone’ tells story of how Redmond’s Home Rule project fell apart

Six people were injured, including two children, when a car which had earlier been pursued by gardaí crashed into another car in Co Kildare.

Gsoc inquiry into Monasterevin incident involving vehicle earlier pursued by gardaí

 Dara Murphy: “I do regret if people feel that I did something inappropriate.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister of State says he had no alternative way to make trip from Cork to Dublin

Countess Constance Markievicz as a captain in the Irish Citizen Army.

Election of Countess to House of Commons an ‘important footnote’, Labour leader says

A  file photo taken on October 8th, 2014 shows a lunar eclipse as seen from Tokyo. A total eclipse of the moon will occur in the early hours of Monday morning and Irish skywatchers will have an excellent chance of seeing it. Photograph: Yoshikazu TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images.

Clear skies for most of Ireland as nature reveals one of its most spectacular sights

Stormont culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin, Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister  Martin McGuinness and Minister for Heritage  Heather Humphreys  in Newry, Co Down at the  National Famine Commemoration ceremony. Photograph: Paul Faith.

Cavan lost 43% of its population through death or emigration between 1845 and 1851

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission says it made right call in 1992 to change the name on a headstone from an unknown Irish Guards lieutenant to that of Lieut John Kipling.

Authors of ‘My Boy Jack’ suggested resting place belonged to Dublin-born Arthur Jacob

Ploughing champion Eamonn Tracey on the last day of the 2015 National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

World ploughing champion Eamonn Tracey prepares to defend title in Denmark

Eva Nolan (7) from Wexford with  EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan  at a farm safety demo at the Macra stand at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Pat Moore.

EU agricultural commissioner says 2016 will be ‘year of action’

National  Ploughing Championships managing director Anna May McHugh with  Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  reigning ploughing  world champion Eamonn Tracey of  Carlow (left) at the championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois, September 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Managing director Anna May McHugh awarded Ordre du Mérite Agricole medal

Tallanstown,  Co Louth - a former winner of the  Tidy Towns competition. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

All winning towns to get seven Sessile Oaks next year as part of 1916 commemorations

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described Paddy Cosgrave’s decision to relocate the Web Summit as “an individual choice”, saying it was not a question of the Government’s failure to reach Mr Cosgrave’s demands. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Decision to relocate annual technology gathering ‘an individual choice’ says Taoiseach

The Taoiseach was speaking at a press conference at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Package to boost ‘attractiveness, sustainability’ of rural communities

Ploughing Championships: Sunshine and horse power at the national event  in  Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: The Irish Times

President Higgins praises rural highlight as World Ploughing chief marvels at scale

Patrick MacGill: war, he would write, was “an approved licence for brotherly mutilation”. Photograph: Getty Images

‘The Great Push’ and the London Irish Rifles

Enjoying the afternoon dancing at the Spa Wells during the Matchmaking festival in Lisdoonvarna on Sunday. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Matchmaking festival brings some for love and others for a second chance

Kerry-born teachers Denise Kearney and Aine O’Connor lost in a sea of blue Dublin fans at Scoil Bhríde  in Blanchardstown prior. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Pupils of Scoil Bhríde get together to celebrate being Dubs – with their Kerry teachers

Thomas (left) and William Kent being marched by British soldiers across Fermoy bridge in May 1916

William Kent sought payment for sacrifices ‘my family made, both in life and property’

The remains of Commandant Thomas Kent before the remains are carried into St. Nicholas’ church, Castlelyons, Co Cork by Defence Forces Pall Bearers followed by Nora Riordan (grand niece), Kathleen Kent (niece), Prudence Riordan (niece) and Michael Riordan (grand nephew) during the reinternment state funeral.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Funeral ‘writes the final chapter in a long ordeal for the Kent family’

Only two known copies exists of briefing note for Pope Benedict XV in 1916

 Richard Boyd Barrett TD:   has   described the recommendation to remove the clause as “outrageous”.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Richard Boyd-Barrett accuses DLR council of ‘outrageous’ bowing to demands of KFC

Dublin football fan Deirdre Flynn, with her children Caoimhe (16), Cianna (10), Naoise (8), Tiarnan (6), four-year-old Roise and friend Richie Larkin, at her home.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Mother-of-five Deirdre Flynn writes and records song in support of boys in blue

August 1960: George Harrison (second right), Paul McCartney (centre),   Stuart Sutcliffe (fourth left) and Pete Best (right)  of the Beatles’ then current line-up, with members of their touring party, at the Arnhem-Oostberbeek War Cemetery, the Netherlands,  as the band journeyed from Liverpool to Hamburg. File photograph: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Pte Henry Harrison killed during Battle of Loos in France on September 25th, 1915

Wicklow film maker Simon Fitzmaurice at  the international festival premiere of his first feature film My Name is Emily at the Toronto Film Festival.

Canada trip is first out of Ireland for director, who has Motor Neuron Disease, since 2008

Joan and John Mulcair, whose baby Caoimhe died 39 minutes after birth at Limerick maternity hospital.

John and Joan Mulcair claim HSE appeared to hope they would give up seeking answers

 New shadow chancellor in Britain John McDonnell:  was involved in the campaign to secure the Irish in London their first St Patrick’s Day festival in 1999. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

New shadow chancellor has highlighted issues of discrimination Irish immigrants face

Garda Eireannach, as they call themselves, already have a kit designed by O’Neill’s. Their socks include their nickname ‘the Micks’. Archive photograph: Mark Richards/Reuters

Casting vote at deadlocked meeting secures affiliation for Irish Guards club

Fr Joseph Mallin, son of executed Easter Rising leader Michael Mallin.

Fr Joseph Mallin has been a Jesuit priest in Hong Kong since 1948

It is envisaged that all national schools will have received their national flag by Proclamation Day on March 15th, 2016. Photograph: Ed Pritchard/Photographer’s Choice/Getty

All 3,300 national schools will receive copy of flag and the Proclamation by March 2016

 Seán Kavanagh in action for Tyrone. The arson attack badly damaged his Tír na nÓg clubhouse.

Sinn Féin claims early hours attack on Tír na nÓg clubhouse near Dungannon sectarian

The man’s lower leg bones in his grave. Photograph: Thorsten Kahlert

Skeleton of teenager who suffered violent death discovered in tree roots in Co Sligo

Paddy Finucane would have flown a Spitfire similar to this one seen at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Plane was flown by one of most famous Battle of Britain pilots Paddy Finucane

Tape sent from Maidstone Prison to Greg Smith, who died after 1995 assault in Dover

Nicko McBrain: “This is early Maiden, this is progressive Maiden”. Photograph: Joby Sessions/Rhythm Magazine via Getty Images

The Iron Maiden drummer talks about going back on the road, Bruce Dickenson’s cancer diagnosis and answers rumours that the band a(...)

Paul Murphy at a Anti Austerity Alliance event:  “We will be appealing this blatant political policing all the way through the courts.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Paul Murphy TD accuses Chief Supt Orla McPartlin of ‘blatant political policing’

U2 perform at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam as part of their 2015 tour. The band said it will give the profits from its Irish concerts to Music Generation. Photograph: Paul Bergen/AFP/Getty Images

Rosaleen Molloy says gift brings goal of universal musical education a step closer

At least 29 examples of the phrase found in advertisements from the 19th century

U2 will perform in Belfast on November 18th and 19th, and in Dublin on November 23rd, 24th, 27th and 28th.

Ticketmaster says decision to ensure public safety

Artist’s impression of the  planned  resort at Newcastle Wood, Co Longford: The plan envisages building 500 chalets on the 375-acre site in the midlands. Photograph:  PA

Adventure village to be biggest tourism development in the history of the State

 Minister for Arts and  Heritage Heather Humphreys  with Dr Sandra Collins, Director of the National Library of Ireland (right), and Paul Shovlin, a member of the outgoing board, at the launch of the library’s annual review for 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Library ‘operating on a third of the resources’ of European equivalents, board member says

National Library of Ireland (NLI) digitisation project gets huge response globally

Noel Skehan, former Kilkenny goalkeeper, with flags in Bennettsbridge: ‘I don’t know what Kilkenny would do if we weren’t in an All-Ireland final. What would you do with the first Sunday in September?’   Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan

All-Ireland finals have become a habit no one in the county is ready to give up yet

Parcs life: Center Parcs’s Whinfell Forest village, in England

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 Umbrella weather as heavy rain falls on Dublin, July 26th, 2015. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally looks like being cool and dry for the weekend

Blur’s headline set on  Saturday night is expected to be one of the highlights of   Electric Picnic 2015. File photograph: PA

Blur and Grace Jones among star attractions at Ireland’s biggest music festival

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy: “We’re being punished for our political status.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish Water campaigner to appeal decision on fundraising for Anti-Austerity Alliance

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