Conor Pope visits the volunteers of Cara Rescue Dogs, a charity in Laois that has rehomed more than 900 abandonded dogs since its inception.
Take a look back at the week gone by as seen through the lenses of award-winning Irish Times photographers. Video: David Dunne
A rare celestial phenomenon known as an "anthelion" makes it appear as though three suns were on the horizon in Inner Mongolia. Video: Reuters. Music: "Snow Falling on a Quiet Valley" by Seth Partridge.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies and his brother Salman becomes king, the royal court in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam says in a statement carried by state television. Video: Reuters
Ukrainian soldiers brought to site of deadly bus shelling and made to kneel, while wounded are treated in hospital in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Video: Reuters
A US police video of officers confronting and then fatally shooting a black man in southern New Jersey has stirred anger over another death at the hands of police. Warning: Graphic content
Sorcha Pollak talks to teachers from St David's school in Artane to gauge their opinions on strikes over the proposed junior cycle reforms and how they propose to rectify the issue.
Taken off the coast of California, a paddle boarder fulfilled a long-term ambition by filming and interacting with a pod of wild orca whales. Video: Rich German
Having slipped into a two metre deep pit, an elephant calf needed some help from locals and the police to get back out. Video: Reuters
The Irish Times has launched a national survey to find out more about the origins of Ireland's cats. Prof Aoife McLysaght, a geneticist at Trinity College Dublin, explains what we can learn from the colour of your cat's coat.
Climate campaigner and former US Vice President Al Gore launches a major event aimed at bringing climate change back to the agenda ahead of the Paris climate meeting in November. Video: Reuters
Five crew members from an Aran Island fishing vessel were rescued after the twin-rig trawler began taking water and sank off the Scottish coast. Video: British Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
A man purporting to be the leader of Boko Haram claims an attack on the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga in which scores of civilians were killed when the insurgents seized a multinational military base. Video: Reuters
A Rice University student says he was inspired to turn his dorm room into a ball pit after reading comics in which a main character carried out a similar room overhaul. Video: Rice University/Reuters
"We've seen the fastest economic growth in over a decade... this is good news people," President Obama says in his State of the Union address. Video: Reuters
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) launches it's campaign to secure a “yes” vote in the forthcoming marriage equality referendum. Video: Bryan O'Brien
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe demands the release of hostages held by Islamic State militants. Video: Reuters
Pope Francis speaks about birth control during a news conference onboard the papal plane. Video: Reuters
Two Delta airlines planes are searched at New York's John F Kennedy Airport after a bomb threat. Video: Reuters
Russian cat saves a baby boy abandoned in the cold in a hallway of an apartment block. Video: Reuters