George Smith (right),   celebrates his 100th birthday in John Kavanaghs pub in Glasnevin, commonly known as the Gravediggers, with his children (from left),  Gerard, Freddie and Teresa. George has been frequenting the  pub every week for several decades. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Born in 1915, George Smith worked as a docker until his retirement 35 years ago

Willie Penrose: “The people who are tramping the highways and byways of Ireland are the people I want to be seen given an opportunity by RTÉ.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister says French-style quota system should be introduced by broadcaster

Broadcaster Ray D’Arcy. An Oireachtas committee has heard how sponsorship secured for D’Arcy’s new radio show more than covers his salary. File  photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Oireachtas committee hears how Volkswagen will help cover cost of new programme

Dr Andrew Horne’s first World War pictures of international interest in centenary year

Michael d’Alton from Dalkey, Co Dublin, said he accepted the award on the “clear understanding” that it was not for him alone but for the “10s of thousands of Allied servicemen who served on D-Day”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Michael d’Alton given Légion d’Honneur by French ambassador Jean Pierre-Thébault

Michéal Martin’s father Paddy in an Irish Army uniform

Fianna Fáil leader’s background shows Irish family connections can be complicated

D-Day veteran Michael Dalton. His abiding memory of the day was the demise of a tank crew who had disembarked from a landing craft only to sink into a large underwater hole

Michael d’Alton joined the royal navy to ‘try and stop that awful German monster’

A commemorative parade on April 16th, 2006, on O’Connell Street, Dublin, marking the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Russian Bolsheviks and Indian nationalists among those inspired by seminal revolt

Nelly and  Nora makes its debut on RTÉjr next month.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland’s Nelly and Nora to air on RTÉjr, CBeebies and broadcaster ZDF in Germany

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