Screenshot from Ryanair’s new US website which was launched on Tuesday. Photograph:

New website reminds American travellers ‘Uncle Sam says fly Ryanair’

Siobhan and Aisling Devine from Coolock, Dublin, at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on O’Connell Street, Dublin. A New York Times journalist found Dublin “rich not only with jovial cheer, but also an abundance of artisan offerings and a creative, literary spirit”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Capital described as a ‘newly energised city’ with a ‘literary spirit’ where Bono busks

Map of Sahar Village, Mumbai, where a young Irish man was found unconscious in a hotel. The man has since died. Photograph: Google Maps

Police treating Brendan Devenney’s death as ‘accidental’ pending postmortem results

The “best meteor show of the year” will peak on Saturday, December 13th, according to Astronomy Ireland,  when 20 times more shooting stars than normal will illuminate the skies over Ireland. File Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

‘Best meteor show of the year’ to peak with brightest shooting stars on Saturday

Snowy conditions have been reported around Letterkenny, Mallow and Carrick-on-Shannon with icy road conditions in Monaghan town and Mullingar. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Paddy Power says 4 to 1 chance of white Christmas for Cork city

Braving the elements: man and dog in Maugherow, north Co Sligo. Photograph: Colin Gillen

Likeliest chance of snow is in the west and northwest over weekend

The Dáil agreed  to officially recognise
 the state of Palestine and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

EU should consider letting them in if both sides agree on peace, says AB Yehoshua

Met Éireann predicted heavy showers and hail on Thursday afternoon which could turn to snow on higher ground. Snow has been reported in Co Donegal.   File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Waves over 60ft crashing into north coast, says former forecaster

Gardaí are assisting a coroner with the investigation into the death of toddler Fiachra McMahon in Wexford, which is being treated as a tragic incident.

Fiachra McMahon (19 months) discovered unresponsive at Wonderwise Montessori

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