A statement from ESB Networks said the main areas affected by power outages due to lightning were Cork, Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Bandon, Gorey, Enniscorthy, and Thomastown. File photograph: EPA

Some 10,000 customers in southern counties lost electricity after lightning strikes

It’s time for wallet- and purse-purging exercises in providing all those materials needed for the new school year. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The holiday season has been far too short. But, it’s been far too long. Either way, it’s over

Daithí Ó Sé has been nominated to carry out an Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of charity on the Rose of Tralee show. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Rose of Tralee host nominated to endure Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of charity

File image: Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rainfall in Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan today. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Local flooding reported after warning issued for Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan

Garth Brooks stated: “To say I am crushed is an understatement. All I see is my mother’s face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason. As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one.” Photograph: PA

Singer responds to Dublin City Council position it cannot change ruling on five shows

A family fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul wait at a checkpoint in the outskirts of Arbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Insurgents expand their offensive closer to the Iraqi capital

Warriors going into the fray  during re-enactments at the Battle of Clontarf Festival in Saint Anne’s Park in Dublin last weekend. The 1,000th anniversary of the actual battle falls today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Anniversary of landmark event in Irish history falls today

Throughout May, hundreds of local and national events will be organised by See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership, as part of the Green Ribbon national calendar of activities.

Movement being led by partner organisations, volunteers and ‘campaign ambassadors’

The Green Party’s Eamon  Ryan said  there was no interest on the part of the Government “in the climate challenge we face. There is no discussion of how exposed we are to rising fossil fuel prices.” Photograph: PA

Ireland walking away from renewable energy, says Green Party leader

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