New Zealand fans ahead of the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland left all black and blue after a brutally intense game

President Michael D Higgins’s name comes from the Old Scandinavian “vikingr”, meaning “sea rover”.

Study traces linguistic history and distribution of 45,000 British and Irish surnames

Julie Walters and Michael Caine in the film Educating Rita walking in the  grounds of Trinity College Dublin, where Frank McNally  too wandered as a wide-eyed young man

Apart from anything else, a few years in university would have eased the transition from freedom to work

Leonard Cohen  in Dublin in 2009.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

The late singer’s work was peppered with Joycean imagery and references

Towering figure: Michel Bach from Paris at the Dublin Marathon on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A winding but pacey narrative featuring Joe Dolan, Oscar Wilde and the Eiffel Tower

Still waiting for the Sam Maguire: Enda Kenny in 2006 with Mayo jersey and ball. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach’s decision to run again might ease daughter Aoibhinn’s political inheritance

On July 30th, 1916 an explosion at a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, damaged the torch of the Statue of Liberty.

Jim Larkin was in New York when a massive munitions explosion caused huge damage

Fans at the end of the France v Republic of Ireland Euro 2016  match: Irish fans, from  North and South, will be awarded the Medal of the City of Paris for their behaviour. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

The Irish supporters in France are winning medals . . . for getting drunk and singing

Irish fans cheer after the  match between France and Ireland at Stade de Lyon in Lyon. France won 2-1. Photograph: EPA

Fans from both sides of Border showed ‘exemplary attitude’ during Euro 2016

Dejected Ireland players after the 2-1 Euro 2016 loss to France at the Stade de Lyon. Potograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters

Eulogised Irish fans head for home as side falls just short of reaching dizzying heights

Irish fans celebrate during the Euro 2016  match between Italy and Ireland  in Lille, which  Ireland won 1-0.P Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Irish fans hope the French might love them enough to get them into the game

Robbie Brady: his late heroics shifted the focus south of the Border. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

After late triumph against Italy, Irish fans nurse their tonsils

Man of the moment: Robbie Brady celebrates scoring the decider against Italy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

On night to remember against reeling Italians midfielder clinches qualification spot

Republic of Ireland fans goof about  with a football in the Grand Place in Lille, France,  June 21st, 2016. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Euro 2016: There are musical events happening all over France. And some football

Robert O’Connor, Brian Sherrock and Gary Sherrock from Meath ahead of the match in Lille. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Euro 2016: Makers of cognac may have lesson for Martin O’Neill’s team as they face Italy

Fun and games: Republic of Ireland supporters  at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux on Saturday. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

GAA county colours are donned in Bordeaux to help get over trauma of defeat

Republic of Ireland fans appear dejected after the UEFA Euro 2016, Group E match at the Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux. Photograph: PA

Talk of Belgian disunity counts for little in comprehensive victory over Ireland

Republic of Ireland fans in  Bordeaux, France, for Euro 2016. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Supporters hope for a result in Belgium match that would extend their French adventure

Fans on tour: Republic of Ireland faithful show their devotion. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Forget about football . . . real competition is to decide which team has the best supporters

For a few moments, this man had a glimpse of what it must be like to be the pope, delivering his Urbi et Orbi address. Photograph: Jeanne b/Youtube

As fans head to Bordeaux, Parisians breathe a sigh of relief following ‘la folie Irlandaise’

Flying the flag: Conor Condon, Gary Seary, Jack Hughes, Darren Reilly and Carl Kearns from Templeogue, Dublin in Paris. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

The party continues in France, but now soccer fans’ thoughts are turning to Belgium

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