Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a female Asian elephant calf. Photograph: Dublin Zoo

Calf is mother Dina’s third baby born at Dublin Zoo in the last three years

Meath County Council is sending the largest delegation of six to New York for St Patrick’s Day.

More than 50 representatives from 22 councils are travelling for St Patrick’s Day

Uniformed gardaí followed a man on foot to a nearby park after he fled his car in Collinstown.

Officer in first week of job involved in Collinstown chase; handgun recovered during search

Donald Trump tweeted in 2012: ‘Kate Middleton is great--but she shouldn’t be sunbathing in the nude--only herself to blame’

Trump said Kate Middleton had ‘only herself to blame’ after topless photos leaked in 2012

Several flights between Dublin and London have been cancelled on Monday morning due to freezing fog. File photograph: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

UK met office issues warning for ‘dense and freezing fog’ over London area on Monday

Prince George meets US President Barack Obama at Kensington Palace in London on April 22nd, 2016. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

His funniest and most charming moments from Joe Biden memes to #ObamaWithKids

Gardaí are investigating the ’unexplained death’ after an incident at a house in Bohola, Co Mayo, on December 28th.

‘Unexplained’ death of four-month-old at house in Bohola on December 28th investigated

Cars drive through snow on the A26 in Ballymena, Co Antrim. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

A status orange snow and ice warning is in place for many parts of Ireland

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon: “It is crucial that all sides of this debate show respect to these refugees,” says local resident Debbie Beirne.  “The people themselves should never be seen as the problem.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon

Roscommon town expecting up to 200 Syrians stands ready to help, but needs support

Safe space? “I found my hyperventilating father cowering in the shed, pretending to get turf.” Photograph: Getty

A day marking the birth of Jesus is often more like the Second Coming than the first

Clarins Relaxing Weekend Collection €59.

Niamh Towey finds six makeup and beauty gifts that will make anyone's Christmas morning

Collins dictionary defines Generation Snowflake as “the generation of people who became adults in the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations”

Broadside: Phrase used to dismiss argument simply because it comes from young person

The Luas is closed in both directions between Tallaght and Belgard because of the collision

Red Line closed in both directions between Tallaght and Belgard after midday collision

Met Éireann has forecast this ‘exceptionally mild’ spell to last until the end of the week. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Met Éireann says the ‘exceptionally mild spell’ is to last until the end of the week

Hatchimals retail for €70, though we can’t speculate as to what kind of a discount or wholesale agreement Santa might have with retailers. Photograph: Getty Images

Hatchimals, PAW patrol and Lego friends all feature in list of 10 most searched-for toys

The 4kg bag of cyanide which was handed in to the EPA’s farm hazardous waste collection in Roscommon on Saturday. Photograph: Denis Naughten/Twitter

Man brings 4kg of hazardous chemical to waste disposal after keeping it for 40 years

Needing to test products for acne-prone skin Niamh Towey got her little sister on the case

Products to alleviate  redness and treat acne prone skin

Problem skin needs special care – here are some suggestions

Striving to be part of a clique which does everything together can cloud your vision of who your real, loyal friends are. Photograph: Tara Moore/Getty Images

Changing friendships can be difficult to accept. It can be lonely, isolating and hard to come to terms with, but it is part of lif(...)

Pablo Escobar, Dia de Los Muertos and Donald Trump (without the octopus).

A Donald Trump Octopus or Pablo Escobar? Stand out in these alternative costumes

Bare-faced coverage that won’t go cakey

Luxurious products that will bring the benefits of a salon treatment to your home

Luxurious products for an at-home facial that’s as effective as a salon visit

Choose skin products wisely. Some have  high levels of alcohol, which can be very irritating.

Angry-looking skin can be a thing of the past and there are products to suit all budgets

One more round:  Seána Kerslake (Aisling)  and Nika McGuigan in Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope. Photograph: Karl Hussey/RTE

There were moments of farce, but overall RTE’s searingly honest drama proved to be a winner

Top: Primark Brush Cleaning Mitt; Moxi Loves Eye Catchers; Veet Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler. Bottom: NYX Make-Up Setting Spray; Batiste XXL Plumping Powder; The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

Make-up setting spray, hair plumping powder, a brush cleaning kit and more

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kisses a ‘Women for Trump’ placard during a rally  in Lakeland, Florida on October 12th, 2016. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Topic trends on Twitter after polls show Donald Trump would win if only men voted

CCTV footage posted by Irish Rail shows a 4x4 with a trailer drive through the barriers just as they are coming down.. Screengrab: Irish Rail

Irish Rail calls on anyone with information about the incident to contact gardaí

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP

Irish media sees Clinton coming out on top, but can the same be said for media in the US?

Nika McGuigan as Danielle and Seána Kerslake as Aisling in Can’t Cope Won’t Cope. Photograph: RTÉ

In the bright lights, big city of our capital two young women struggle to find their way

Start of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Marathon now fourth largest in Europe as numbers for October race increase by 4,500

As a nation, we do not ignore grief or hide it, but deal with it in a very ceremonial and solemn way. Photograph: Eric Luke

Funerals always make me uncomfortable, yet they are something we do well in Ireland

Given my detest for 50 Shades, which was the only real context I had when I began Jilly Cooper’s books, I wasn’t exactly relishing the thought of reading her first novel (Riders) and her latest (Mount!) for this article. But I would be proven wrong

In a world saturated with porn, how does Cooper's writing - so shocking when it was first published in the 1980s - hold up for a (...)

Niamh Towey’s starry night nails at Tropical Popical

Dublin nail bar is synonymous with all things cool

Make the most of your time in the shower with these tried and tested beauty products

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How to cure hungover skin

Hungover? Instead of spending the day contemplating your life choices, why not distract yourself by sorting your skin out

Top row: Jack Black Face Buff Energising Scrub; Kiehl’s Facial Fuel eye de-puffer; Gillette Fusion ProShield Flexball Men’s Razor. Bottom row: Toni & Guy Men Deep Clean shampoo; Westlab Pure Mineral Epsom Salts; Neutrogena Concentrated Hand Cream

Unisex products from razors to deep-clean shampoos

Kilkenny fans at Electric Picnic as Tipperary beat Kilkenny in the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

TIPP! TIPP! TIPP! Blue and gold glittered fans serenade us with sporting chant of the year

Seven luxury cars and €80,000 worth of cannabis has been seized as part of a Garda operation. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Searches in Co Wexford, Co Meath and Co Wicklow target organised crime gangs

The European Commission has found that Apple owes the Irish State € 13 billion in back taxes after ruling that the technology giant’s tax arrangements in Ireland constituted a form of illegal state aid. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

We could give the Government an open tab in the Dáil bar for 10,833 years

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I immediately noticed a difference in the elasticity and strength of my hair after a trip to Crow Street Collective in Dublin

Top row: Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort oils; Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturising Lip Balm; Guinot Stick Anti UV Sun Defense with SPF 50. Bottom row: Clinique Repairwear Intensive Lip Treatment; Blistex relief cream; Lush Lip Scrub in Mint Julips

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Niamh Towey eating toast in bed with her mother, Jean, in 1996, days after her brother Stephen was born

I viewed her as a rogue, mouthy and scattered, always arriving late to things and laughing too loudly at our school plays

The 13-year-old boy who was injured when his bike collided with a car in Co Louth on Saturday has died from his injuries.

Boy was seriously injured when bike collided with car on Slane Road near Drogheda

Hot, windy and wet weather is set to cover the country over the weekend, as Met Éireann has issued a wind warning for the south of the country on Friday.  File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Motorists urged to take care due to airborne tent loose on the N7 near Athgoe

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Two treatment can help reduce the time spent on eyebrow and eyelash morning maintenance

Top row: John Frieda Miraculous recovery masque; Olaplex. Bottom row:  Kérastase Nutritive Crème Magistrale; Pureology Colour Fanatic mask; Kérastase Soleil Masque UV Défense Active; Les Karités Shea Butter Hair Mask

Keep your hair in pristine condition from the comfort of your home

The Avenue in Castlemore, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon

The latest episode of The Women’s Podcast is full of summer stories. Here Niamh Towey looks back on her childhood in The Avenue in(...)

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The Lunula technology works by breaking down the fat layer of the fungus and increasing blood flow to encourage the immune system (...)

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Bronzers, blushers and highlighters worth investing in

Simple works for me but can be quite drying for others

Niamh Towey: My mother recommended the mercifully inexpensive Simple range

Armani Luminous Silk; Bourjois Healthy Mix; Nars Sheer Glow; Rimmel Wake Me Up; Clinique Superbalanced; YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat

Nobody wants a heavy base that will slip off once you leave the house and enter the heat – here are six great lightweight foundati(...)

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Niamh Towey: My granny always told me ‘The little bit of weight suits you’, and maybe she was right

I was rather surprised to find out my car had failed on a multitude of issues. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

I’m not grown-up enough for this particular test. I mean, real grown-ups don’t arrive at their colleague’s house with a bag of can(...)

My experience of Dublin nightlife is largely confined to Flannery’s and Copper Face Jacks. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

I was slagging ‘Memmeh’ for being a rural stereotype when I realised I tick a lot of boxes of the stereotypical country girl in Du(...)

Roscommon versus Mayo in a league match earlier this year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ballaghaderreen moved from Co Mayo to Co Roscommon in 1898, but the town’s GAA club refused to move. It has created a rift

The head office of Console Suicide Prevention Charity in Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Collins

David Hall says charity still owes €12,000 to cover costs of operating phone lines

Patrick Wright, who lives in Portmarnock, Co Dublin, is described as 5’5” in height, of slight build with grey receding hair. Photograph: Deirdre Flynn

Patrick Wright (39) last seen leaving Blanchardstown shopping centre on Monday

One man has been arrested after disturbances in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim on Friday. Photograph: Heloise/Twitter

Man (36) arrested after crowd of masked men gather at Carrickfergus housing estate

A 21-year-old man has died after the car he was driving collided with a truck in Co Wexford on Thursday. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Truck driver (29) was uninjured in collision at about 5.25am near Ballycanew in Gorey

Robbie Brady celebrates with his girlfriend Kerrie Harris and his brother in a photograph which has been compared to a Carravagio painting on Twitter. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Nation celebrates Republic of Ireland’s entry into next round of Euro 2016 against France

Gavin Fogarty with his fiancee Clara Burke in the video which he used to propose to her.

Gavin Fogarty took one second clips of every day of his and Clara Burke’s life together

Gardaí at Avondale House on North Cumberland Street, Dublin 1 where Gareth Hutch was shot dead. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Suspect is the third person to be arrested after latest murder in Kinahan-Hutch feud

A screengrab from a video which appears to show a domestic violence incident and which was posted on social media on Tuesday. One man is being questioned in connection with the incident.

Video shows man repeatedly striking one woman and throwing another across a room

One viewer said Ó Muircheartaigh’s ‘careful deliberate cuts of tomatoes makes my hairs rise’

Video of GAA commentator making ham sandwich shared on relaxing voice forum

Bruce Springsteen performs at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain, on 21 May 2016. Photograph: EPA

Top 13 weird facts about Springsteen as he prepares to play Croke Park for the first time

Cllr Alan Tobin last week commended Meath County Council for putting up these signs in a number of parks and playgrounds across the county. Photograph: Alan Tobin/Facebook

Opponent emails Alan Tobin saying he hopes the Meath politician ‘dies in a car crash’

A man has been arrested in relation to an incident in which a 35-year-old woman was found seriously injured in Clonsilla last Sunday.

File being prepared for DPP after 35-year-old woman found seriously injured in Clonsilla

Delivery driver Dan Murray who was shot dead in west Belfast on Monday night. Photograph: Pacemaker

Man in his 50s was delivering takeaway when shot on Lady Street at about 10pm

Government negotiations appear to be nearing their end this week, but the future of Irish Water is still very much up in the air.

Should those who have paid be refunded or should those who haven’t be pursued?

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Union official says reports are ‘mischievous, nonsense and simply not true’

Commuters walk along empty Luas lines near Harcourt street, Dublin, as drivers strike over pay and conditions. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Up to 90,000 commuters faced disruption as tram staff stage another work stoppage

Common indicators of a dog being stressed are when they turn their head away, when they close their eyes or when they lower their ears. Photograph: Getty Images

Photo analysis proves dogs show signs of stress and anxiety while being hugged

After several weeks of negotiation, it seems Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are very close to making a deal on water charges

Suspension of water charges at heart of mooted FG-FF deal for minority government

Panti Bliss has come in 29th place in the Time 100 readers poll of the world’s most influential people. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Drag Queen beats Rihanna, Amy Schumer and Joe Biden with 1 per cent of vote

The Centenary mural painted on the derelict Barley Mow Bar at the corner of Francis Street and Mark’s Alley West, Dublin 8. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘Tensions between dissident republicans and unionists have increased,’ says website

A photographer taking pictures of a reconstruction of a Neanderthal man ancestor displayed at the Prehistoric Museum in Halle, Germany. Photograph: Sebastian Willnow/AFP/Getty Images.

New American TV series looking for extras with ‘Neanderthal’ looks in Dublin casting

A poster spotted in the subway in Toronto featuring a four-leaf shamrock. Photograph: Facebook

Posters spotted in Toronto show advertisers confuse four-leaf clover for shamrock

Barack Obama shares his strawberry pie with a boy during a lunch stop at Kozy Corners restaurant in Oak Harbor, Ohio, in 2012. Photograph: Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images

Pictures of US president with America’s youngsters shared on social media site

Cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy seized from house in Ballinfoyle Park on the Headford Rd

Man in his 20s arrested after cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy discovered in house

Luas drivers  at Sandyford Terminus on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Luas to restart operations on Saturday with further stoppages planned for next week

Striking Transdev Luas drivers at Sandyford Terminus as drivers embark on a two-day strike in search of higher pay. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Another two day stoppage is scheduled for next week with further strikes possible

Beyonce performs during the half-time show during the NFL’s Super Bowl 50 football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in California on Sunday. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Singer announced ‘Formation’ world tour during Sunday-night's Super Bowl performance

A screengrab from Michael Healy-Rae’s election song ‘Make the Diff’. Photograph: Michael Healy-Rae/Youtube

Independent TD for South Kerry releases ‘Make the Diff’ song for election campaign

Sir Terry Wogan (77) died from cancer on Sunday. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA

Limerick-born BBC broadcaster died from cancer on Sunday aged 77

Cars drive alone the North Bull Wall in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

East and southeast forecast to be hardest hit as bad conditions continue into Wednesday

Gerry Adams’ book of tweets will go on sale on January 29th at a price of €8.99.

Sinn Féin website says book will include ‘selfies, rubber ducks and teddy bears’

There has been an increase in patients attending the emergency department of Cork University Hospital. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

‘Exceptionally busy’ period in emergency department puts pressure on hospital

 A general view of the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Getty Images

Seven ways to spend the American lottery jackpot worth €1.46 bn

Saoirse Ronan will face competition from Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Dame Maggie Smith and Alicia Vikander in the leading actress category.

‘Bridge of Spies’ and ‘Carol’ lead pack with nine nominations each, ‘Room’ receives two

President Michael D Higgins said ‘Christy represented his country and its people on the international stage with distinction, dignity and great humour’

President Michael D Higgins says O’Connor was ‘iconic figure’ with ‘resilient spirit’

Irish Defence Forces help volunteers with pumps in Athlone on Sunday morning. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces/Twitter

Rainfall warning removed as water levels in Clonmel stabilise overnight

Glen Hansard, Bono and Hozier singing on Grafton Street on Christmas Eve. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Script, Glen Hansard and The Coronas among pack of leading Irish musicians

Wexford’s Una Leacy suffered what is probably the most dreaded injury within the GAA: a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

In GAA, injury can mean missing out on work, school or sport – but also huge expense

Topics you voted on ranged from the legalisation of marijuana to your favourite James Bond, as well as the link between red meat and cancer, the Web Summit and the decriminalisation of abortion.

Tens of thousands of readers voted on topics ranging from abortion to James Bond

Films such as Star Wars, Shrek and ET have all been subject to glib summaries on Twitter. Photograph: Alberto Rodriguez/Getty Images

Twitter user says Forest Gump is about a man who spends 30 years in friend zone

Adele recently launched her new album 25. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

People queued across country to secure pass to concerts in Belfast and Dublin

Bob Geldof: “Part of me half-expected Peaches, the way she was carrying on. There is nothing you can do about it.  She is the one who is with me every second of the day, she is the one who bangs into my consciousness at any moment. That is incomprehensible to me still.” File  photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Singer explains how father’s handling of his mother’s death would help him later in life

Weather fanatic Johnny O’Loughlin (8) from Ennis meets his hero meteorologist Evelyn Cusack. Photograph: Andres Poveda

From rapping farmers to dead horse songs the weirdly wonderful prevailed this year

Tickets for the Adele tour go on sale on Friday December 4th at 9am. Photograph: PA Wire

European tour will kick off in Belfast and Dublin, tickets go on sale December 4th

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