Detail of Maurice Harron’s sculpture of  Red Hugh O’Donnell  in Donegal Town.

By the time you read this, this year’s participants should be near their destination

 France’s Patrice Evra  and  Ireland’s Seamus Coleman at Euro 2016. Photograph:  Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

News review of 2016: Euro 2016 may well have been the Irish fans’ finest hour

Christmas carolling: fairy tale of New York or bleak midwinter? Photograph: Lambert/Getty

The Irishman’s Diarist conducts a carol service in traumatic memory of 2016

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

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