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The Royal Dublin Fusiliers leaving the Royal Barracks in Dublin (now Collins Barracks). Photograph: copyright Mike Lee, from the England collection of 32 photographs taken on the day

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Border country: Lough Neagh is the backdrop to Anthony Quinn’s crime fiction; his anti-hero faces the legacy of the Troubles. Montage photographs: Design Pics/SICI/Perspectives/Getty and Peter Muhly/AFP

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The artist  Camille Souter  in a room that she referred to as “The Folly” across from her studio in Achill Island

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 Cyclist in summer dress and sandals in Market Square, Tuam, Co  Galway. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

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Daniel Simpson as Ted Hughes in the play Doonregan

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An American father and son set off into the tangled unknown of the Brazilian interior. But not just any father and son. At the centre of this steamy s(...)

Classical ballet is a world of feathers and flowers, smiles and applause, twirls and tutus. Beneath that sweet surface, however, lies another world: o(...)

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Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

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