Poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge was killed by a German shell on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele, July 31st, 1917. File photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Meath-born poet and soldier was killed 100 years ago at Battle of Passchendaele

Mildred Darcy  and Satya Darcy with their son son Kirin Darcy

Mildred Darcy (38) and her son Kirin Darcy (2) died in Dubai last month

An airline spokesman said the cause of the technical fault is still being investigated. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Passengers reported fumes coming from the cockpit

Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige speaks at a 2004 event in Madrid. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Church has purchased 1,200-capacity venue in south Dublin despite having just 87 Irish members recorded by census

The attempted assassination of Prince Alfred by Henry O’Farrell

The Prince and the Assassin’s story of a mad man’s attempt to kill Victoria’s son and the hysterical over-reaction still resonates(...)

Lenny Abrahamson said men like Weinstein are only able to get away with their actions because ‘people in a position to challenge abuse choose to look the other way’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish film director says he hopes revelations will leave other abusers ‘quaking’

The stamp featuring an image by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, of Argentine revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara is held up outside the General Post Office (GPO) in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

An Post confirms all 122,000 stamps with iconic image are gone and it will print new stock

A 1 7-year-old  girl was trafficked into Ireland after her brother had sold her for €300 in order for her to be married to an older man.

Nearly two-thirds of reported incidences of people trafficking were subjected to sexual exploitation.

Stretcher-bearers carry a wounded soldier through the mud near Boesinghe during the battle of Passchendaele in Flanders. Photograph: John Warwick Brooke/Getty Images

Review: Nick Lloyd’s Passchendaele: A New History

The Sunbed Association for UK and Ireland said   “responsible” sunbed use poses no threat to people. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Sunbed Association calls out Minister after VAT rate increase on sunbeds in Budget 2018

Dr Gerald Fleming, Met Éireann’s head of forecasting: “We don’t have an operational flood forecast centre which would allow us to predict flooding in any precise way.”

‘It’s about whether or not Mrs Kelly will have a half metre of water in her kitchen’

The Economist Intelligence Unit  report stated that practical support for Irish women returning to work is ‘highly limited’. Photograph: Istock

Many women forced to return to work because of financial strain, international study finds

 The iconic image of Che Guevera which Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick produced a year  after  the revolutionary’s death in 1968

Jim Fitzpatrick says it was ‘honour’ to produce image and praises An Post decision

Christopher Sayers (37), who was gunned down last Thursday.

Foreman Christopher Sayers (37) was shot multiple times by Samuel Perry (44)

President Michael D Higgins has called for a thorough examination of the ‘viciousness’ that was unleashed in Ireland’s Civil War. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Michael D Higgins says conflict ‘destroyed warm relationships’ in his own family

 Artist Jim Fitzpatrick with a promotional image of a stamp featuring his world famous image of Che Guevara.

Prominent Cuban-American radio host calls on An Post to explain its decision

 The award has been described as potentially “transformative” by Niall O’Brien, one of the community activists involved in the grow dome project.

Seven projects selected to receive cash and mentoring supports

Former leader of UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Auditor apologies after row over invitation to former UKIP leader

TCD researcher Collie Ennis holds a false widow spider

TCD researcher Collie Ennis says exaggerated fears and misconceptions surround ‘threat’ of spiders

There are 5,377 Airbnb premises in the Dublin City Council area. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Calls for new laws as fears grow that short-term lettings are squeezing renters out of city centre

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave stands in front of a photograph of his father WT  Cosgrave at the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre during its official opening in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

WT Cosgrave’s government was responsible for the execution of 77 anti-Treaty rebels during the Civil War, an action which caused l(...)

The office of Independent TD Thomas Pringle in Killybegs, Co Donegal. Photograph: Thomas Pringle/Facebook

Parts of town badly affected due to swelling river and high tides

Mochi and her record-breaking tongue. Photograph: Kevin Scott Ramos/GWR/PA Wire

St Bernard with 18cm tongue becomes face of ‘Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals’

Last week Ryanair  said it would implement measures to ensure affected passengers were fully aware of their ‘rights and entitlements’. Photograph:: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Airline accused of ‘lack of professional conscience’ and only communicating in English with passengers

Danielle McLaughlin: found in a field close to the tourist resort of Canacona in Goa in March

Family of Danielle McLaughlin (28) receive documentation in relation to her killer

False widow spiders.

False widow bites can cause intensely painful swelling and feverishness in humans

Spanish police officers drag a man as they try to disperse voters arriving to a polling station in Barcelona on October 1st. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty

‘It is so humiliating... to see your neighbours, friends and compatriots being beaten like dogs’

Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan . Photograph: Diocese of Limerick

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan says he now accepts Gardasil helps prevent cervical cancer

Tim Redfern (48), who carried a “free, safe legal” poster, described the Eighth Amendment as a “weeping sore”. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

March for Choice: ‘Free, safe, legal’ is the slogan as thousands muster in Dublin

Repeal the Eighth campaign: March for Choice event proceeds past the GPO on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

March for Choice is first major march since timeframe of referendum unveiled

Martin Bell said the advent of the internet meant foreign news was being downgraded because it was “not a ratings winner”. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty

Former BBC foreign correspondent expresses concern over ‘celebrification’ of news agenda’

Prof Foster said the teaching of Irish history is in an “excellent place” as evidenced by the commemorations of 2016. Photograph: Ianthe Ruthven

Historian praised for ‘almost single-handedly creating the idea of Irish history in Britain’

Dublin Bus. File photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin Bus changes to facilitate new cross-city Luas lines

Shane Ross said ‘the Government decision to close Garda stations was wrong, and the worst case of it in the country was on my doorstep’. Photograph: Mark Hilliard

Varadkar says six Garda stations have been identified and ‘they are going to be opened’

 Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary. Britain’s aviation regulator chief said he was ‘furious’ with the airine. File photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Under-pressure airline warned by British regulator over potential illegal activities

The tournament will be hosted in 13 different cities across the continent in a change to the usual format.   Photographer: Crispin Rodwell/Bloomberg

Convention Centre Dublin chosen for December 2018 event

The Bishop of Derry Dr Donal McKeown said marriage used to make a ‘hugely significant’ transition from the single to married life, but that transition had been devalued. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/ The Irish Times.

Cleric says number of co-habiting couples means concept of union has been devalued

Reflections in Lake Matheson  near the Fox Glacier in  New Zealand which  is seeking Irish truck drivers.

‘Relaxed’ Kiwi lifestyle said to be one of the attractions for would-be Irish emigrants

The plane travelled approximately 70 metres and crashed into an electric fence in Mullinahone, Co Tipperary. It blew up and was destroyed. Photograph: AAIU investigation report

Pilot watched as the prop plane travelled towards electric fence before exploding

The pupils of Corduff National School. Photograph: princial Anna McKeown

Republican prisoner who died on hunger strike had a ‘vision for Ireland’

Sinéad Aherne signs autographs for young fans at Malahide homecoming. Photograph ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Cheering crowd of 2,000 turns up to celebrate football final victory over Mayo

On September 25th, 1917, Thomas Ashe died in the Mater Hospitals from complications arising out of a force feeding regime in Mountjoy Prison.   Photograph: National Library of Ireland

‘The funeral was the largest which has been seen in Dublin since that of Mr Parnell’

Dr Eamonn Martin: ‘People preferred to cling on to a history of difference and separation, rather than recognise and embrace our shared story of common suffering.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Eamon Martin say fact Catholics and Protestants fought together has been neglected by all sides

Eileen Quinn, Thomas Ashe’s niece, with her son Gregory Quinn at the State commemoration in Glasnevin Cemetery to mark the centenary of his death. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The republican’s multifaceted life is remembered 100 years after his death

 Mourners at the funeral of Darragh Nugent at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Clondalkin, west Dublin

Mourners at Darragh Nugent’s funeral told middle-class drug users partly to blame

Edward Dowse (85) from Wicklow  competing in the Special Horse Class on the third and final day of the National Ploughing Championships in Offaly. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Horse ploughing master began competing in national championships in 1950s

EU commissioner Phil Hogan has accused British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of indulging in “referendum rhetoric” over Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Agriculture Commissioner warns first phase of Brexit negotiations may be delayed

Martin Kehoe jnr (33) died at the family farm in Foulksmills, New Ross.

Martin Kehoe Jr (33), a father of three from New Ross, died at the family farm

Minister for  Energy and Natural Resources Denis Naughten warned that Brexit made it now essential that Ireland ramp up its production of renewable energy as much of our energy is sourced through the UK.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Renewable Energy Incentive scheme will not make same mistakes, says Denis Naughten

Ireland has 840,000 premises in need of high-speed broadband.

More than 90% of State’s premises to be covered by fast broadband by end of decade

Students at St Cronans Boys’ National School, Bray, Co Wicklow, taking part in a Music Generation class. From left: Tutor Tim Doyle, Casey Earls, Ultan Moran, Ronan Hogan, Luke Shiel, Christopher Jensen and Alex Coogan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ambitious plan aims to provide musical education for as many young in Ireland as possible

Garda at the scene of the fatal shooting near Citywest in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Victim in his late 20s was shot multiple times as he sat in a car at Fortunestown Lane

Dublin fans in Smithfield Square. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kevin McManamon is saviour turned singer as jubilant fans celebrate three-in-a-row

Dublin’s Dean Rock lifts the Sam Maguire Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Lord Mayor praises All-Ireland winning team as ‘one of the best we have ever seen’

Irish Times readers share their experiences of shared toilets and one-bar electric heaters

Among Ryanair’s cancellations yesterday and today were 17 flights in and out of Dublin Airport. Photograph: Andreas Arnold/AFP/Getty Images

Cancellations to last six weeks as airline works to improve ‘system-wide punctuality’

Ryanair says it intends to cancel 40 to 50 flights a day over the next six weeks because its staff need to catch up on holiday entitlement. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Airline warns of mass cancellations as staff need to catch up on holiday entitlement

Eurovision song contest: Ireland has failed to qualify for the final on the last four occasions. File photograph: Getty Images

Only professional songwriters and performers wanted to break dismal losing streak

Associate editors Dr John Borgonovo, Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Crowley  launching  the ‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ in Dublin. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography

Authors hope detailed 1,000-page book will inspire young historians 20 years from now

Eimear Kennedy (15) who got an A in Italian having learnt the language using the Duolingo website and app, and watching  YouTube clips.

Eimear Kennedy (15) picked up the language from online tools Duolingo and YouTube

100 years ago this week L-Sgt Jack Moyney from Rathdowney,  won the VC for an extraordinary act of endurance.

Rathdowney man Jack Moyney endured days of enemy fire before leading men to safety

 Among the tweets Dr Steven Salaita sent were: “If you’re defending #Israel right now, you’re an awful human being. Photograph: Armando L Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images

Dr Steven Salaita sued university after being denied job because of anti-Israel tweets

Councillors in the Tuam area of Co Galway have opted not to remove a memorials to Confederate soldier Richard ’Dick’ Dowling. Image: Wikipedia.

Councillor says removal of memorial celebrating Richard Dowling not a ‘top priority’

Baroness Nuala O’Loan after receiving an honorary life membership to the RDS. She said an outsider would not come with the “historic baggage of what had gone before”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former police ombudsman says new commissioner must show ‘integrity is not negotiable’

Claire O’Dwyer (75) training for the Liffey Swim, which takes place on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Record-breaker Claire O’Dwyer wants to see more women her age swimming at her level

Prof Steven Salaita became a cause célèbre for academic freedom in the United States, whose case contributed to the resignation of the chancellor of the University of Illinois, Phyllis Wise, in August 2015. File photograph: Armando L Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/MCT/Getty Images)

Prof Steven Salaita, who lost out on academic post over tweets against Israel, to speak at event

Nine items of Nazi memorabilia will go on auction as part of Whyte’s The Eclectic Collector auction on Saturday

‘It is history. I defend the right of collectors to collect what they like,’ says Ian Whyte

The footage was captured on a mobile phone and shows a man riding the pony through the Cabra House pub

Footage shows customers cheering as horse is ridden by man through north Dublin pub

Walter Becker (L) and Donald Fagan with their Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album for 'Two Against Nature' in  2001. Photograph: Sam Mircovich/Reuters

Band are due to play their first gig in Ireland for more than 20 years in October

Electric Picnic: apparently abandoned tents in Stradbally. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

It's a sad way to end what's been a great weekend, says Friends of the Earth

 Chris Rock:  Ticket holders will be given a device called a Yondr Pouch in which their phone will be locked for the duration of the comedian’s performance. Photograph: Patrick McMullan/Getty Images

Comedian urges fans to stop becoming the ‘paparazzo of your own life’

Irish summer: there was plenty of umbrella weather this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was wetter, cooler and duller than average nearly everywhere, according to Met Éireann

All-Ireland champions: Galway captain David Burke with Martin Cummins at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, in Crumlin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joe Canning: ‘I went to bed at 1.30am. I couldn’t stick it’

Chris Patten will speak about his recently released biography ‘First Confession: A Sort of Memoir’. Photograph: David Levenson/Bloomberg

UK’s Chris Patten, novelist Robert Harris and war correspondent Martin Bell to attend

Gardaí searching in the Wicklow Mountains where the remains of  Patricia O’Connor were found. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Remains of Patricia O’Connor (61) found scattered in Wicklow Mountains in June

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the homelessness crisis was “neither resources, nor money nor ideology. A huge amount is being done but clearly more is needed.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister urges councils to come up with ‘tailored’ solutions ahead of emergency summit

A rainfall radar image from 11am on Saturday slowing a band of rain moving over the country from the southwest. Met Éireann has warned of the potential for flooding overnight in some counties with up to 50mms of rain forecast.

Met Éireann says 50mms of rain expected in Kerry, Cork and Waterford over 12 hours

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said he would not use his contacts with the IRA to help in the investigation into Tom Oliver’s murder because of his experience with the Stack family. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sinn Féin president says he is reluctant to use his ‘influence’ in Tom Oliver murder inquiry

Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor, a former school principal, said she believes ‘everyone who does the same job deserves the same pay’.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform says issue cannot be dealt with in isolation

NUI Galway confirmed there are 90 toilets across campus for students with a physical disability of which 14 are also designated as gender neutral

Disabled campaigner describes change as political correctness

New name: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Photograph: PA

Broader remit sees new title of Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Alan Hawe  with his wife Clodagh and their three children, Liam (14), Niall (11) and Ryan (6). Fr Felim Kelly, the parish priest of St Mary’s Church, Castlerahan, Co Cavan, who said Mass for Alan Hawe this week said, “My role as a priest is to preach the gospel”.

‘Mass is offered for sinners, saints and whomever. We don’t discriminate’

Alan Hawe (40) who killed his wife Clodagh Hawe (nee Coll) and their three boys, Liam (14), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) a year ago. Photograph: Hawe and Coll families/PA Wire

Small crowd attend anniversary Mass for killer of wife and children in Cavan

Junior infant Joe Fahy from Dundrum on his first day at school at  St Olaf’s NS, Balally Drive, Dundrum, Dublin 16.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Most new junior infants at St Olaf’s in south Dublin see school as part of an adventure

Thomas “Bang Bang” Dudley

Plaque erected to Thomas Dudley, a playful son of the city who always stuck to his guns

Tim Findlen and Joel Eckhaus with Tony Boland (R), director of Sunday’s Ukelele Hooley in Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland’s annual ukulele festival demonstrates the instrument’s phenomenal appeal

Rory Cowan with his mother, Esther, in 2012. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Actor Rory Cowan is happy with his decision to quit hugely successful comedy show

 A general view of the boardwalk on the river Liffey. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Owen Keegan said he witnessed drug taking around the council offices in Wood Quay

Cork celebrate with the O’Duffy Cup after their victory in 2015. The All-Ireland camogie final has been designated free to air. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Games join Olympics and World Cup as deemed to be ‘of major importance to society’

The plaque to Major Richard ‘Dick’ Dowling which was erected in Tuam Town Hall in 1998. Photograph: Wiki Commons

Man arrested for attempted bomb attack on statue to Tuam-born Richard Dowling in US

The divers drifted far away from their dive boat because of strong currents around Dalkey Island.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two men were swept away from their dive boat by strong tides at Dalkey Island

Michele McCormack (Chicago Rose 1985)

‘I know the Rose of Tralee drives the Irish crazy. But it is nice to be part of something bigger’

A rainfall radar image from Met Éireann at 1pm on Sunday showing rain clouds sweeping across the country.  Photograph: Met Éireann

Met Éireann issues weather alert for 19 counties and warns of flooding risk

A memorial to Irish soldiers who died during the Battle of Passchendaele being unveiled near the village of Zonnebeke outside Ypres in Belgium. Photograph: Daphne Vangheluwe

Monument placed where nationalists and unionists together in Belgium 100 years ago

Phillip Leonard (34) died on Monday from injuries he sustained during an attack on a city centre street in Birmingham.  Photograph: Richard Vernalls/PA Wire

Phillip Leonard (34) died two weeks after an assault in the city centre

Garda handout picture of Craig Boylan (16)

Craig Boylan (16) last seen in his native village on Tuesday

Heavy rain over the next 24 hours will be followed by the remnants of Hurricane Gert now crossing the Atlantic.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Rain and heavy winds expected to add to an already exceptionally wet month

The distance between Dover and Calais is 34km in a straight line, but the current took Wesley Nolan in an S shape across the channel, so by the end he had swam 61km. Photograph: Facebook

Wesley Nolan swam for 16 hours to raise funds for Irish Deaf Society

Mark McAuley on Miebello picked up 12 faults during his final round. The Aga Khan Trophy was won  by the all-female American team. Photograph: Alan Betson

Flamboyant Frenchman commands 12 horses in mesmerising display

Venezuelan anti-socialist protesters face off against a pro-Venezuelan government demonstration outside the US embassy in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Workers’ Party hosts protest outside US embassy, Venezuelans rally opposite them

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