At Provost House, Trinity College, at the awarding of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature were Patricia Rooney, the winner Colin Barrett and former US ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘A shimmering debut’ from a ‘dazzling writer’

Seamus Heaney’s  grave beside St Mary’s church in Bellaghy, Co Derry,  is covered in a tidy rectangle of peat moss,  with a brass plate at the heart of its wooden cross that says: “Seamus Heaney 1939-2013. Rest in Peace.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A year on from his death, poems and private prayers pay respect to Nobel laureate

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Sr Conchita McDonnell and Sr Monica Devine. They have spent their lives educating the poorest of women. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Serving others for years, some nuns never provided for themselves

  German President Joachim Gauck: “This war began in western Europe with Germany’s completely unjustifiable invasion of neutral Belgium.’ Above, with French President François Hollande at the Allies’ Memorial, in Cointe, near Liege, on  August 4th.  Photograph: Julien Warnande/PA

German invasion of Belgium ‘completely unjustifiable’

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David Sleator: his organisational skills and pleasant manner ensured the ready co-operation of all who had dealings with him. Photograph: Frank Miller

David Sleator: ‘A gent. Quiet. Mannerly. Easy to deal with at all times’

The removal of Irish Times photographer and Joint Picture Editor David Sleator  at Rialto church today. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Family, colleagues and friends pay respects to ‘person who will be sadly missed’

The Islamic Cultural Centre Ireland (ICCI), based in Dublin’s Clonskeagh, has strongly condemned Islamic State (IS), which , it says, is acting contrary to the teachings of Islam.  Photograph: :Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Isis acting contrary to teachings and murder ‘is strictly forbidden’ cultural centre says

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