‘The boy’s eyes welled up with tears and his bottom lip protruded slightly. And is it any wonder?’ Photograph issued by the Irish Defence Forces

Did he leave his family behind? Did he get to say goodbye to his grandparents, or had he watched them succumb to the water too?

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Many people have a negative seagull story, but crows have maintained their integrity

Fine Gael and Labour are now attempting to frantically sprinkle some magic pixie dust on the nation ahead of the 2016 general election

My question for candidates in the forthcoming election is simple: ‘Has anything really changed?’

Sometimes it gets out of hand and the teams start fighting, or as the TV commentators say, ‘passions run high’. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Our Spanish student, Pablo, knows nothing about the Gaaah. So I try to fill him in . . .

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It is the responsibility of men and the parents of men to change male behaviour

‘I sought vindication online for my penchant for a nice piece of steak, cut fresh from the beast, sizzled in the pan long enough so that it is singed on the outside and still red on the inside.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Follow my Gimme More plan for a healthier life. Possibly

‘Amid the thunderous roar of the engines, you could tell the passengers were gritting their teeth and clenching their buttocks.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

As the engines roared and we surged back up into the air, I planned my funeral

A Renault 4: ‘There wasn’t much to separate the passengers from the engine. This was a great feature in the winter’

I’ve owned lots of cars, but none is more fondly remembered than my French ‘leg end’

Mark Little: no certainty of what he will do next

Former RTÉ correspondent founded social media agency in 2010

‘An underpinning principle of the cycle was that nobody be left behind.’ Above, cyclists participating in the Console charity cycle. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

It was heartening to see a group of Irish people working together with common purpose on a recent charity cycle from Celbridge to (...)

‘I ran out of room in the attic years ago.’ Photograph: Getty Images

My wallet, car boot and attic are all victims of my weakness for accumulating rubbish

‘I cried at the moment each of my three children was born. It took me completely by surprise when it happened the first time.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

I’ve cried at the end of In the Name of the Father . . . when Spain beat Ireland in Euro 2012 . . . when my children were born . .(...)

‘Jean Byrne is donning her Sisters of Mercy concert-going garb. A nation holds its breath as the sponsor message plays out’

The Met Éireann bulletin is like one big security blanket for the nation

An invited audience listens to questions from politicians as part of the banking inquiry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Irish public life loves an inquiry, a report, a taskforce or a review. How about a commission of investigation or an announcement (...)

‘Sometimes my children feel the brunt of somebody annoying me at work, the fact that the car has broken down, that I’ve put on weight or have a hangover. It happens. It doesn’t make me a bad parent.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

During a chat with my son about the dangers of alcohol, I caught myself looking for a wine refill. The more I thought about it, th(...)

Five more years: Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron waves as he arrives with his wife Samantha at Number 10 Downing Street this morning. Photograph: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

Cameron, the DUP, the resignations, the shock of it all...

‘At a dinner party, “lovely” prawns dripping in garlic butter were served up. Herself gave me that knowing glance across the table, partly sympathetic, partly delighted at my predicament.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

My better half has made it her life’s work to get me to eat fish bodies and slimy matter from shells. She will not succeed

He has licked pretty much every plate in the house. We wrestle with him on the ground and he pretends to attack us. I often talk t(...)

Is your salary spoken for two days after you get paid? Photograph: Thinkstock

Has the economic crash brought out an occasional bitter streak in you that is hard to shake it off? You are not alone

‘I eventually settled on a navy one with white polka dots’

The seemingly simple task of buying a new shirt leads one man down a path of indecision, humiliation and self-loathing

Sister Teresa (Johanna Mary O’Dwyer)

Remembering Sister Teresa

While not reaching boomtime peaks, sales of Mercedes and other luxury cars increased significantly last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

High-end brands like BMW, Mercedes and Porsche record significant sales increases

 “If you are a commuter you will share the love/hate relationship with your mode of transport. Train users, particularly, are a breed apart.”

‘Commuting puts you in contact with all sorts of people, some of them a little strange’

Hallelujah: the singing Co Meath priest Fr Ray Kelly, in the video that went viral

Wars and water charges don’t make the list but a singing priest, Kim Jong Un, Garth Brooks and Peaches Geldof do

Michael Noonan: I’ve defined what the squeezed middle is in money terms. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance confirms marginal tax rate will fall if Government re-elected

Hashtag was the least favoured word in our poll that has been running since last Thursday

Thousands voted and commented on the language they hated most

‘GCHQ director Robert Hannigan argued democratic governments and big tech companies needed to come to a “new deal” to help combat that kind of terrorism and protect everybody else in the world.’ Above, British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Photograph: EPA/GCHQ / Crown copyright

Opinion: ‘The big tech companies – Facebook, Google and others – have a lot to prove to their customers in the wake of the Edward (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, at the press conference in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Coalition promised a ‘democratic revolution’

Tractors on main street: rural Ireland - to know it is to love it.

All this talk of ploughing got us thinking about how unique rural Ireland is

Tellers struggle with tiredness during the count in  Ingleston Hall,  in Edinburgh. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Here’s what happened overnight...

It’s that time of the year again... File photograph: Frank Miller

One minute it’s beers on the patio and the next you’re hunting for a bale of briquettes

St John’s College Ballyfermot students very happy with their Leaving Cert Results last year...  from left Dean Hogarty, Luke Noonan, Eoin de Lecy, Nathan Doyle, Robert Swaine, Jordan Doyle Mathew Murphy Kalim Teeling and Dean Cullins.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Two of our resident old fogies look on the bright side of life on the eve of results day

2Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald pictured at a press conference today after the publication of the Report of the Independent Review Group on the Department of Justice. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Review follows report by Seán Guerin into Garda malpractice which was critical of the department

My friend Oliver and I would often cycle to Pat’s Supermarket in Laytown for 99s (with lots of sprinkles) – weather and inclination allowing, of course. If it happened to be a Monday we would sometimes stock up on cans of Fosters lager, bold teenagers that we were.

A recipe for fun in the sun in Meath

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking during a television interview at the count centre for the local and European elections in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar Co Mayo today.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach says Gilmore position matter for Labour party in wake of election losses

Fine Gael facing ‘internecine battle’ as Sinn Féin poised to make gains

A screen grab of the orginal Telegraph article posted earlier today.

Telegraph top 20 British novels features five Irish authors

It’s easy to find excuses not to go running: putting the gear on and getting out the door is the hardest part

The article written by Christian Zaschke and translated by Derek Scally topped the Irish Times most read list

Crime, sport, sex and animals reach the top, but talking-point stories have staying power

Horses grazing at Dunsink parkland in Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times.  Horses grazing at Dunsink parkland. File photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times.

DSPCA says ‘depraved’ incident is worst ever seen

Giant mirrors erected to send sunlight to town during long, dark winter

Tiny dancer: Lily-Mae Morrison, who was diagnosed with a rare children’s cancer in 2012, is now in remission

Claregalway girl (5) diagnosed with rare children’s cancer last year

Seán Mac Connell hiking in Wicklow in 2004. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Journalist had career spanning 45 years

Department says ‘processing issue’ has caused one-day delay

Paul Gogarty in the Dáil

Norris has used ‘f-word’ in the Seanad previously

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