Walk this way: allow for walking progress of about 20km per day

The walk to Santiago de Compostela has been on your to-do list forever. Here are 10 steps to get you there

Ready to deploy: Lieut Col Mark  Prendergast (centre) with Trooper Amy Crook, Sgt Maj Noel Callaghan, Capt Liam McDonnell, Cmdt Paul Kelly, Capt Phelim Carroll, Lieut Stephen Keane, Lieut Ronan O’Brien and Capt Cormac Brady at Camp Coolmoney, in the Glen of Imaal, before departing for UN duty in Syria. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This month the 48th Infantry Group of the Defence Forces took up duty on the Golan Heights. A new series follows their months of p(...)

Cormac Breatnach, “I went from a situation of being relatively innocent to feeling under siege.” Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Musician Cormac Breatnach’s brother was wrongly convicted of the 1976 Sallins Mail Train Robbery at the behest of a cohort within (...)

Formal ceremony attended by many family members and friends of the soldiers, together with dignitaries

A Rohingya Muslim boy recites verses from the Koran at a privately run school for Rohingya children refugees and asylum seekers in Kuala Lumpur. The Rohingya people of Burma remain almost entirely unrecognised by their own government. They are denied citizenship and may not travel freely. Photograph:  Olivia Harris

UN High Commissioner for Refugees forum will discuss 10 million without citizenship

The Taiwan Lantern Festival and its spectacular light show.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The Chinese New Year is in full swing. In Taiwan, the celebrations include a Lantern Festival of epic proportions, a spectacular l(...)

The concluding episode of Charlie revealed Haughey growing ever-more obsessed with his legacy as the narrative also sought to explain the man behind the image. Photgraph: Patrick Redmond

Brilliantly dramatised series ends with our anti-hero devoid of empathy and emotion

Actor Peter Coonan (left) and artist and former prison inmate Eric Boylan at the launch of the National Prisoner Art Exhibition in City Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

National Prisoner Art Exhibition has 100 works by recent and not so recent inmates

Mary Akrami, director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Centre, in Kabul and board member of the Afghan Women’s Network, was keynote speaker at the launch of Frontline Defenders 2015 Annual Report in Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /THE IRISH TIMES

Mary Akrami speaks at launch of the annual report of Irish NGO Frontline Defenders

Aidan Gillen’s Haughey seems at times detached from the events around him, his face displaying a sort of bored contempt for everyone, foes and allies alike, mildly exasperated that not everyone sees his own genius.

Episode two of RTÉ’s Haughey drama mirrors mad pace of Irish political life in 1982

Mr Haughey, with Mr Tony Gregory, TD, before he started a sponsored cycle from Dublin to Kilnacrott, Co Cavan, to raise money for a holiday home for inner city children in 1982. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The real people behind the characters in ‘Charlie’, the TV drama based on the life of former taoiseach Charles Haughey

The funeral of Chermaine Carroll at  St Mary’s Church Bennekerry, Co Carlow, who was killed in a collision along with her three friends. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Bereft family and friends pay moving tribute to loved ones cut down in prime of life

The remains of Gemma Nolan who was  killed in a road collision crash with her three friends arrives at the Holy Family Church, Askea, Carlow. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

More than 1,000 mourners attend funeral of second Athy crash victim in Carlow church

The remains of Chermaine Carroll, one of the Athy crash victims, arriving at St Mary’s Church, Bennekerry, Co Carlow. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Priest says 20-year-old victim of Athy car crash was ‘bright and bubbly’

“Last year, the Queensland minister for transport Scott Emerson announced a two-year trial of a minimum passing distance for motorists who are overtaking cyclists: one metre on roads with speed limits up to 60km/h and 1.5 metres on faster roads,” said Noel Gibbons, who is a road safety officer with Mayo County Council.

Former TD criticises new plans to legislate on cycling

The scene of the fatal accident on the N78 near Athy, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Important to secure surrounding area before attending to injured and dead

The Irish Times has chosen not to show video because of graphic content

The Last General Absolution of the Munster Fusiliers at Rue de Bois, a painting by Italian artist Fortunino Matania, depicting the front line near where Capt Arthur O’Sullivan took part in the 1914  truce during the first World War

A hundred years ago this week, first World War soldiers called a brief halt to carnage

David Anderson (@Dandelion933): “I liked her and I was very, very shy and I regret that now.”

Shy man from Scotland searching for Irish woman that left with his heart, but without his number

‘Talk to anyone involved in road safety and ask what single factor contributes most to road crashes, and they will all say human behaviour, most of them relating bad behaviour to speed.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Research for Anatomy of a Road Crash series revealed huge efforts to improve road safety

The first road deaths of 2014 occurred near Ballina, Co Mayo on New Year’s Day. Peter Murtagh reports on the inquest

Shortly after first fatal road crash of 2014, in which two men – Gearóid Scully and Terence Beagan – lost their lives, gardaí and (...)

On January 1st 2014, two men died near Ballina, Co Mayo, in the first fatal road crash of the year.

Tom Lenehan who works at the Broken Jub Pub in Ballina, Co Mayo and was a witness to the crash on New Year’s Day 2014, which claimed the lives of Gearóid Scully and Terence Beagan. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Crashes touch an extraordinary number of people. New Year’s Day 2014 was no different

At 4.40am on January 1st two men died in the first fatal road crash of 2014, near Ballina, Co Mayo. This series of articles - now (...)

Brian Farrell presents televised coverage of the 1973 general election

‘Pioneer of political science’ also remembered as inspiring lecturer

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall says giving the office constitutional status would increase public confidence. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tyndall says change would reinforce independence and reassure the public

Intellectually connected to The Irish Times? The masthead of Vol 1, No 1 of the Bell, edited by Sean O’Faolain

Tribute paid by editors to contribution of independent 20th-century periodicals

Frederick Gibson Heuston (known as Fred), joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers and was part of the mass invasion at Suvla Bay on August 6th-7th 1915. He was killed on August 15th

The moving stories of those with connections to the Co Wicklow town are resurrected

Managing editor of The Irish Times Eoin McVey (left) with Séamus McCague at the funeral of Louis O’Neill at the Star of the Sea Church in Sandymount today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Funeral of former group managing director hears of family man who achieved much

Former PD leader Des O’Malley with Mary Harney at the launch of his memoir Conduct Unbecoming in the Mansion House in Dublin last night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Pat Rabbitte says memoir dealt with Haughey’s leadership of Fianna Fáil and setting up of the PDs

 Mary and Martin McAleese with TK Whitaker during yesterday's SDLP lunch in his honour. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Greatest Living Irish Person’ honoured at lunch organised by the SDLP in Dublin’s Convention Centre

Michael Laffan (left) at the launch of his biography of WT Cosgrave at the Royal Irish Academy yesterday with  former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave,  and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Johnny Bambury

Former taoiseach says book the result of exhaustive and meticulous research

Memorial tablets to Irish soldiers, Sergeant Wynn Ware (RIF) and Major Charles Henry Tippett of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, in Green Hill Cemetery, Suvla Bay. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Almost 100 years on it is hard to imagine the carnage that ensued in this peaceful, Turkish seaside resort. Only the graves bear t(...)

Ian Paisley  jnr speaks at the memorial service yesterday at the Ulster Hall in Belfast. Photograph: Presseye - Pool /Getty Images

Late DUP leader’s life celebrated through song and sermon

Boats moored on the shores of Lough Derg
Messing about on boats

A tranquil weekend trip along the Shannon and on Lough Derg

The SFA claims
 the Government has broken a promise to end the 3 per cent USC charge imposed earlier on the self-employed.

Imposition of 11 per cent USC on self-employed earning over €100,000 deemed unfair

Dublin Airport. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Earlier Bosnia-bound jet took off and landed twice with technical problems

Cenotaph in London. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ireland’s Ambassador to Britain will lay a wreath on November 9th – the Sunday closest to Armistice Day

 Dr Anne Merriman’s calling grew into helping bring palliative care to the underprivileged. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish Lives: Former nun Anne Merriman was up for the Nobel prize for her hospice work

John and Diane Foley, parents of the murdered US journalist Jim Foley. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

John and Diane Foley do not blame Islam for the death of their son James

“Loneliness is common, extreme loneliness is not uncommon.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Community can make a difference in combating unwanted solitude

 Simon O’Connor, of the Little Museum of Dublin, in the new Irish Times room. Photograph: Eric Luke

RM Smyllie, the man widely known in 1950s Dublin as ‘The Editor’ was larger than life. He’s remembered in a very small exhibition (...)

TK Whitaker: “a brilliant man, a man who made a singular and peerless contribution to life on the island of Ireland, a national treasure”

Launch of book by Anne Chambers on economist credited with modernising Irish economy

David O’Morchoe: held in high esteem within the Royal British Legion

Suspension of David O’Morchoe casts shadow over big annual event

President Higgins and his wife, Sabina Higgins, leaving the new homeless facility in Wicklow Town following its official opening. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

‘Well over’ 200 homeless persons in Wicklow and number is heading towards 300

Named Operation Archimedes, police say  1,027 people have been arrested so far, drug seizures have included 599kg of cocaine, 200kg of heroin and 1.3 tonnes of cannabis, and that 30 Romanian children have been saved from trafficking. Cannabis plant pictured. File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

1027 people arrested, 30 children saved from trafficking and multiple drug seizures during operation

 Unhelpful welcome: refugees on the roof  of  Port Hedland   detention centre in Western Australia in the 1990s

Speaker compares Irish and Australian treatment of asylum seekers

No evidence emerged to challenge the official version of events surrounding Haughey’s injuries in April 1970

Peter Murtagh recalls the events surrounding Haughey’s 1970 budget

Sam Pizzigati: “The modern corporation is the engine of inequality in our world. Look at the amount of cash that the billionaire class is putting into elections.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The US writer and activist has long argued income should be capped – and he is newly optimistic

Archivists Hazel Menton and Natalie Milne. The website will help genealogists and historians. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Irish Archive Resource website means Bosco and others `can go through the Magic Door'

 Ian Paisley with his wife  and children before a service in his honour at the Martyrs’ Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Firebrand politician is remembered in town of Ballymena where he grew up and lived

Jack Downs after receiving a letter from President Higgins on the occasion of his 100th Birthday.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘If there’s a mess to be made, I’ll make it,’ Jack Downs says as he eyes his birthday cake

Former members of the Defence Forces at yesterday’s commemoration at the Curragh. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former troops at inaugural Veterans’ Day call for continued presence of peacekeepers

Emergency ordinance survey bomb disposal engineers take part in a training exercise as some of 130 soldiers from the 46th Infantry Group go through final preparations at the Glen of Imaal ahead of deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force in the Golan Heights region of Syria. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Coveney says Ireland could withdraw from UN mission if changes not forthcoming

 Croke Park: fans and ticket touts face exclusion for selling tickets above the actual price. Photograph:  Frank Miller

Buyers and sellers face punishment for trading tickets at greater than face value

The operators of Dublin’s Luas light rail system, Transdev, have signed a new contract, extending for a further five year period their management of the passenger transport system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Transdev says it is strongly incentivised to grow passenger numbers and reduce costs

The coffin of former taoiseach Albert Reynolds arriving at Shanganagh Cemetery  following his funeral service at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook. Photograph: Maxwells/PA

State funeral goes from Donnybrook church to Shanganagh Cemetery

Suvla Bay on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. ‘The landings at Suvla, which involved, among others, the 10th Irish Division, occurred in August 1915 and were the final phase of fighting before Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand withdrew, defeated, between December 1915 and January 1916. The place where it all happened is now so calm, so serene, so relaxed.’ Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Suvla Bay Letter: 99 years ago 28,000 died in an allied attempt to take the peninsula

 In September 1961, 150 soldiers from A Company were ordered to protect the local population.  Photograph: Defence Force Archive

Shooting to begin next year in Ireland and South Africa, with Jamie Dornan in role of charismatic commander Pat Quinlan

 Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, modern Turkey’s founding father: he led the Turkish  army at Gallipoli  through June 1915, in battles  which   were  lost by the British at a terrible cost

Soldier singled out for mention by Prince Harry one of scores of Irishmen to die in Gallipoli

 Natasha Murtagh on the Portuguese camino

The Portuguese camino takes a while to get into its stride, but it’s worth it

Lobster trays being off-loaded from the fishing boat Golden Venture at Greystones Harbour today. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Protesters accuse harbour developer of failing to deliver on promise of quayside access

 President Michael D Higgins  speaking at the ceremony for the  unveiling of the Monumental Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery to commemorate the thousands of soldiers from Ireland who died in the first and second World Wars. Photograph:  Alan Betson

President Higgins urges respect for those who fought in first World War

A flag bearer stands to attention at the unveiling of the Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Republican groups interrupted ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery with catcalls

Re-enactor Stephen O’Leary from Fermoy, Co Cork, at the launch of the ‘Lives Remembered’ exhibition   at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin yesterday.  Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Metal sculpture unveiled at exhibition in memory of those who fell in first World War

Andrew Smith,  education officer, at the  Tree of Remembrance in St Patrick’s Cathedral. Photograph: Alan Betson

Interactive exhibit, created to mark centenary, explores locality’s connections to war

Members of the Lord Edward’s Own historical re-enactment group at Kilcoole’s heritage weekend marking the north Wicklow village’s role in the Irish Volunteer gun-running 100 years ago. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The north Wicklow village celebrates centenary of role in Irish Volunteer beach landing

Members of the Lord Edward’s Own historical re-enactment group taking part on Saturday in Kilcoole’s heritage weekend marking the north Wicklow village’s role in the Irish Vonunteer gun running 100 years ago. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Local people decorated their homes with the national flag and applauded parade

Jimmy Kearns of Kearns Fruit Farm, Curraghgraigue, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, in one of his strawberry fields. Photograph: Mary Browne

Ireland’s 100 strawberry growers produce a crop worth €38m at the farm gate

Annual report shows 13,763 files were referred to office last year compared to a high of 16,144 in 2008

 The Asgard in 1961 after the yacht was bought by the government. Photograph: Trinity College Dublin

One of the remarkable aspects of this little-known gun-running episode at a small seaside town in Co Wicklow is the leading role (...)

Victor Edmonds with a Christmas card sent home by his grandfather Samuel Edmonds during the World War I Roadshow in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

The hugely successful event was a day of excitement, emotion and revelation

Trinity College to host “informative and thought-provoking day concerning Ireland’s part in World War One”.Photograph: Frank Miller

College to host a series of lectures, tours and ‘pop-up’ talks

Palestinian farmer Basem Bani Jaber inspects his property which Palestinians said was burnt by Jewish settlers in in the West Bank village of Aqraba, near Nablus this week.

Israel has occupied certain lands in contravention of international law, says DFA website

Minister for Development Joe Costello said Ireland continued to deliver substantial overseas assistance during difficult financial times in part because of “strong legacy reasons going back to the famine”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Overseas assistance declines slightly as percentage of GNP

A security guard walks in front of the Planalto Palace In Brasilia as it is lit up in the colours of the Brazilian national flag ahead of the World Cup. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

It’s a bit like 1960s G-Plan furniture: interesting, kitsch and rather soulless

 On the road: Peter Murtagh and Geoff Hill on their 2,800 km round trip from Rio de Janeiro by motorbike

Soon it will be all about football, but in search of other goals, Peter Murtagh put on his leathers and set out on a 2,800km round(...)

Firefighters Mark O’Shaugnessy (left) and Brian Murray at the scene where they died in a fire at a disused building in Bray, Co Wicklow, in 2007. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Transcripts of Garda interviews with senior fire service officials and county manager reveal how they responded to inquiry into de(...)

A picture of firefighters Mark O’Shaugnessy (left) and Brian Murray at the scene where they died in a fire at a disused building in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Niall Carson

Three in charge of Co Wicklow’s fire service declined to answer 1,300 questions on firefighter deaths

Philip Sheppard of Sheppard’s Irish Auction House  in Durrow, Co Laois, with a letter dated October 1, 1964, from Jaqueline Kennedy to Fr Fagan at All Hallows College in Dublin in relation to Father Leonard’s death. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Durrow auctioneer to become the centre of media attention in June

Hazel O’Brien, partner of Bray fire fighter Mark O’Shaughnessy, with (right in sunglasses) Mary Murray, widow of fire fighter Brian Murray and friends and supporters. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Ruling comes after 17 days of evidence in longest inquest ever in Dublin

Rethinkpylons.org suggests converting Moneypoint power station to biomass-based electricity production

Firefighters Mark O’Shaughnessy (left) and Brian Murray  died in a fire at a disused building in Bray Co Wicklow in 2007. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bray firefighters Brian Murray (46) and Mark O’Shaughnessy (26) died in 2007

The fire-damaged disused ink factory at Adelaide Villas in Bray, Co Wicklow, where firefighters Brian Murray and Mark O’Shaugnessy died in 2007. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Former chief fire officer tells inquest he feared accusations of ‘grooming’ witnesses

Firefighters Mark O’Shaugnessy (left) and Brian Murray, who died in a fire at a disused building in Bray, Co Wicklow, in September 2007.

Council fire officers say supplier told them specialist training was not required

Visitors traverse elevated walkways between former liquid sugar storage tanks at the old sugar factory in Tainan city that is now home to the Ten Drum group. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

An abandoned factory has been given a new lease of life by a pioneering percussion group

Firefighters Mark O’Shaugnessy (left) and Brian Murray who died in the factory fire in 2007.

Senior fire official said no formal debrief took place after fatal factory blaze

Lt-Col Dick Hely-Hutchenson:  A letter to his father  describes the reality of life in the trenches in horrific detail. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Wartime letters from Lt-Col Dick Hely-Hutchinson to form core of exhibition

Firefighters at the scene of the blaze in 2007 in which two firefighters died

Garda crime investigator tells inquest that he took 93 photographs at the scene

Nuala O’Rahilly Price and John Connolly, grandson of James Connolly, with members of the Save No.16 Committee and Moore Street Traders Assoc. at the launch a new website and virtual audiovisual tour of a proposed Commemorative Centre and Museum, for the 2016 commemorations of the Rising, and the preservation of 16 Moore St. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Area linked to surrender of leaders of 1916 Rising

People line the street to pay their respect at the funeral of fire-fighter Mark O’Shaughnessy at Bray, Co Wicklow in 2007. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Brian Murray and Mark O’Shaughnessy died in September 2007

 The Anzac Day Dawn Service that  took place at the Grangegorman Military Cemetery.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dawn service of remembrance at Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin

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