Rhona Lucas feeding the cats at An Cat Dubh Sanctuary at her home at Kylebrack, Loughrea, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Rhona Lucas has turned her house in Galway into a cat sanctuary. Now she’s planning to move

Will you be one of the thousands of GAA fans descending on Croke Park this Sunday to support either Dublin or Mayo? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

All-Ireland fever, remembering the lockout - and the first international hurling festival

Independent senator and children’s rights activist Jillian Van Turnhout earlier claimed the contest should be cancelled as events like it ‘sexually exploit’ children at a young age.

Organisers insist contest will go ahead despite senator saying it ‘sexually exploits’ children

Minister Joan Burton made the announcement today, adding more than 20,000 interns took part in the JobBridge scheme. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

People on placement with the scheme can now stay in their placement for 18 months

Climbing Croagh Patrick in Mayo has been described as  the ultimate pilgrimage by Lonely Planet’s latest guide. Photograph: Alan Betson

Activities in Mayo, Sligo and Monaghan make it into Lonely Planet’s newest guide

Could we be in for an Indian summer?

Temperatures could reach up to 21 degrees as autumn weather turns sunny

 Richard Boyd Barrett TD joins  Trade Unions and  civil society organisations a calling on the public to join a People’s Assembly. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Organisers hope thousands will turn up for ‘people’s assembly’

The latest index is a story of two markets, according to the PRTB’s director. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Latest survey suggests strong growth in apartment sector driving rents upwards

Various groups will address the committee today. Photograph: Screengrab from Oireachtas broadcasting

Finance committee to hear from Social Justice Ireland, Simon Community and St Vincent de Paul

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