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 Laurelmere, the recently restored cottage, at Marley Park. Photograph: Eric Luke

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Cleaning up in Westport, Co Mayo: Environment  is key to the Tidy Towns competition. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

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Belcamp College, part of Belcamp House, showing signs of the disrepair into which the property on the Malahide Road, Dublin, has fallen.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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IVF: mitochondrial donation offers new hope. Photograph: Zephyr/SPL/Getty

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Couple returning from Spain discuss three-year wait for subsidised accommodation in Kildare

Louth county council has granted Kevin Woods planning permission for a ‘leprechaun cave’ which he has built on his own land in Carlingford. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

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Public Health nurse Margaret Scargill in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

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Jessica Kingston, theatre nurse and winner of RTÉ’s “Ireland’s Fittest Family”, took on Dr Owen Power at the “Smoothie Bike Challenge” during Health and Wellness Awareness day at the Bons Secours Hospital in Cork.

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