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

The holiday company is about to reveal models of its proposed resort in Co Longford. What benefits might its plan bring – and what(...)

 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

Piglets feeding on grain at the IFA protest outside the European Commission offices in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

European Commission urged to intervene and help falling agricultural prices

Pigs feed on grain as Irish Farmers Association members protest outside the EU Commission offices, on Lower Mount Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dairy, cereal and pork sectors in crisis as IFA protest outside European Commission offices

Policy analyst Michelle Murphy with SJI director Seán Healy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Issues that have ‘major implications’ for society neglected in pursuit of GDP

Paul and Caroline Martin of Glasnevin: with the  rifle discovered in their home. Photograph: Sara Freund

Rook rifle found in former home of IRA volunteer who was interned during conflict

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Centre Parcs UK chief executive Martin Dalby in Newcastle Woods during the announcement in April of 1,000 jobs for Co Longford with plans for a new Center Parcs in Ballymahon. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Leisure giant set to seek planning permission for 375-acre facility in Ballymahon

A consignment of cigarettes seized at Dublin Port represent a potential loss to the exchequer of €3.6 million, if assuming they would have displaced the equivalent fully tax-compliant quantity of cigarettes from the market. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Cigarettes would represent a €3.6 million loss to the Exchequer if sold on black market

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

Summer 2015 not that bad says Met Éireann - though colder and wetter than normal

 Barry Corcoran (39),  from Wicklow Town, who was last seen on the morning of  July 6th last in Ballyfermot. Photographs:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Jobseeker’s benefit not collected, funds not accessed and phone silent since July 6th last

Frances Fitzgerald: ‘I need to examine precisely where that decision  has come from.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Migrant Rights Centre ‘astounded’ that 25,000 names and addresses are accessible

Stuart Rosenblatt, president of the Genealogical Society of Ireland, and Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh with the genealogical lists at Dublin City Council’s Library and Archive on Pearse Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Volumes of births, marriages and deaths go back to the 17th century

Michael Collins, who was sent to Frongoch in Wales following the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Hulton Archive

Wales village became home to 1,800 republican prisoners following events of 1916

Dublin and Ireland feature strongly in most enjoyable city and country to visit

Mr Murphy’s  home remained sealed off on Monday as Garda technical experts continued with a forensic examination which is expected to last a number of days. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Handgun and iron bar used in raid at Kildalkey

Gene Simmons of Kiss. Photograph: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images

Bassist not under suspicion as police believe he may have been a victim of hacking

Rose of Tralee  Elysha Brennan pictured in Tralee’s town park  on her firse day as the Rose of Tralee . Photograph: Domnick Walsh

‘I’m not the next Maria Walsh, I’m the new Elysha Brennan,’ says medicine student

Roses arrive into the Dome in Tralee as Dathi Takes to the stage. Photograph: Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD

Ratings winner: Popularity boosted by social media as #roseoftralee trends worldwide

 Rose of Tralee 2015 Elysha Brennan.  Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus Ltd

Meath Rose Elysha Brennan (22) says she never imagined winning would be possible

Eibhlin’s daughter Dorothy Moriarty Henggeler was the Washington Rose in 2011.

Eibhlin Henggeler, who lost her daughter to a brain tumour two years after she was the Washington Rose, on the importance of the (...)

The conference featured some 250 business entrepreneurs, along with former competition winner Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin.

Rose of Tralee business conference told number of women involved has doubled

Kentucky Rose Emily Hughes   with Rose of Tralee host  Dáithí Ó Sé. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Definition of a talent stretched to include ability to recite the 32 counties in 10 seconds

The Roses walk in Tralee Town Park at the opening of the Rose Walk dedicated to 2011 Washington DC Rose Dorothy Henggeler, who died last year. Photogaph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

The Henggelers, whose daughter was in 2011 event, buy the Fels Point Hotel in Kerry

Smoke billows over the Japanese city of Nagasaki after an atomic bomb was dropped on the city August 9th, 1945. Photograph: Reuters

Salters Stirling, former academic at TCD, says there were at least another three there

Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh parachuting into Tralee Town Park  with skydive instructor Karl Carey, at the Skyfest Air Display on Sunday. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Skydiving holder ‘running on adrenalin’ as she completes one of the last tasks in her reign

Kevin Kilbane: I now understand what participation in sport actually means. Photograph: Getty

Thousands of participants and supporters to take part over two weekends

A Royal Irish Fusilier at Gallipoli in 1915 attempts to draw the fire of a Turkish sniper to reveal his position. Photograph: Getty Images

7th Royal Dublin Fusiliers suffered terribly in failed attack on Turkish positions

Francis Bailey says the war “was not a piece of history for me. It directly affected my life.”

Michéal Martin among the many Irish people whose relatives fought in the Far East

Seamus O’Hara, chief executive of Carlow Brewing Company, also known as O’Hara’s Brewery. “Independent breweries are run by people who are interested in beer; the beer conglomerates are run by accountants.”

Founder of Carlow Brewing Company sees potential for further significant growth

Ray D’Arcy will still have his afternoon show on RTÉ Radio 1. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/RTÉ

Veteran presenter to vie for guests and ratings with the Late Late Show

Former Tory cabinet minister Michael Portillo, pictured at Glasnevin Cemetery, is to make a documentary about the Easter Rising for RTÉ.

Documentary to be made for RTÉ to tell story of 1916 rebellion from British perspective

Bullet For My Valentine: "Venom is our best album. It’s exciting times."

Michael Paget from Welsh metallers Bullet For My Valentine takes time out from their US tour with Slipknot to talk about new album(...)

Studies among 7,000 surgical patients found patients were significantly less anxious after surgery having listened to music. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Music can reduce pain and anxiety during the surgical process, ‘the Lancet’ reports

Annual celestial extravaganza will reach its peak after midnight

Rose of Tralee compere Dáithí Ó Sé  enjoys the event’s launch with contestants at RTÉ. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The 32 hopefuls vying to be Rose of Tralee have stories of triumph and tragedy to tell

‘Charlie Hebdo’ on a newsstand, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Blasphemy expert tells Parnell Summer School that an entire community was stigmatised

François Hollande: intervention in Greek crisis was part of France’s “historically self-imposed vocation to represent the cause of humanity”. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP/Getty Images

Parnell Summer School told France has always had a sense of its own importance

 Former World War Two pilot  Ted Veal (93)  and friend Ann Colfer on the front row of Tayto Park’s Rollercoaster ‘The Cú Chulainn Coaster’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Wicklow-based Ted Veal was the sole survivor of a bomber which crashed in Italy

 Dr Aidan MacCarthy, from Cork, of the RAF, who survived Dunkirk, the fall of Singapore, having his ship torpedoed and time in a POW camp, before being in Nagasaki on the day on the atomic bomb was dropped

Dr Aidan MacCarthy was in POW camp: ‘I thought we had arrived at Judgement Day’

Cian O’Connor riding to victory on Good Luck. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

First Irish win for three years brings return to good old days of showjumping

 Greg Broderick  (left) and Bertram Allen  parade after winning the Aga Khan Trophy during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Rides by Allen, O’Connor, Broderick and Kenny secure first Nations Cup in three years

Eddie Downey: said the Irish Farmers’ Association’s proposals were centred on sustainable job promotion.  Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Government must help if a ‘two-tier recovery’ is to be avoided, IFA president Eddie Downey says

Laura Jayne Halton, winner of best dressed at Ladies’ Day at the  Dublin Horse Show. Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Laura Jayne Halton scoops Ladies’ Day prize at RDS with monochrome dress and cape

The mushroom cloud over Hiroshima. Photograph: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Inset: Sr Julie Canny

Sr Julia Canny: ‘Everywhere people lay either dying or dead from the flash of radiation’

A Royal Irish Fusilier at Gallipoli in 1915 attempts to draw the fire of a Turkish sniper to reveal his position. Photograph: Getty

A hundred years ago, Irish soldiers fought at Gallipoli, and suffered terrible losses

Shanbally Blazer looks on as Maria McNamara from Galway takes a phone call, at the Dublin Horse Show, in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke

Every corporate hospitality package sold out weeks ago for the five days of the RDS show

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