‘Fr Aidan McAleenan, a pastor in nearby St Columba’s parish, only 10 years a priest and a former J-1 student himself, never pretended it was easy.’ Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Almost from the moment the news broke about the Berkeley tragedy, a man with a soft Banbridge accent became the accidental voice of a broken Irish com(...)

Mourners for those who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse this week outside a Mass held   at UCD’s Belfield campus  on Friday  afternoon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Silence is an eloquent requiem. It permeated the air around the church of UCD Belfield in south Dublin, as hundreds gathered on a gentle, sunny June d(...)

  Clerys workers Emily McDermott  and her daughter Nathania, at the demonstration in support of Clerys workers, outside the store in O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 3:03

There is something magical about the combination of money and the law. When Gayle Killilea argued in a South African court that she needed the money (...)

‘It is magnificently apt that Fifa’s nemesis turns out to be a woman. Loretta Lynch, the five-foot, US attorney general, has taken on Mafia bosses, terrorists and sex traffickers. With that kind of CV, she might even sort out Fifa. And she’s all of 56.’  Photograph: ARNO BURGI/AFP/Getty Images

Credit where credit is due. America saved soccer – and with just a tiny invasion of Switzerland. Sepp Blatter spun it as a little personal bias. “My m(...)

“Time to put it back in the closet, time to let it be just one little part of me and not my defining characteristic” said Vivian Cummins, (right, above, with Erney Breytenbach) . Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

One of the most revealing statements over the weekend came from an elated but exhausted Vivian Cummins. It was about the relief of taking off his Yes (...)

At Dublin Castle for the referendum count,  from left: Helen McCarthy, Dee Campbell, Erin Reddy and Aisling Tierney of  Maynooth Pride Society. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 3:18

Exhausted, elated, tearful, hungover, incredulous, grateful, flat broke. And, transcending it all, a radiant calm. Yesterday, Ireland woke up to a mor(...)

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at Mullaghmore Co Sligo on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 1:38

Timothy Knatchbull reached back for the hand of his wife, Isabella, and clasped it tightly as they followed Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall(...)

‘The aching heart of this campaign has been the spectacle of such people sacrificing their privacy in debates and interviews, tearing open old scars and exposing their most intimate core to the public gaze.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Isn’t it a wonder that any physical damage so far has been limited to poster abuse and a little rogue egg-throwing? Day after day, unknowable numbers (...)

Fine Gael candidate David Fitzgerald canvassing for the votes of Tom O’Shea, David Gordon, and Lar Hally. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons 9:08

The hurling metaphors alone on the Kilkenny canvass leave the outsider in need of a lie-down. “Nine minutes to go, a point behind but we have the goal(...)

‘Whatever you think of their politics, women leaders were startlingly, admirably, visible in this campaign. There was no tokenism here, no “honorary man”. The calm, likeable Nicola Sturgeon became the pivotal figure of this election.’ Above,  Sturgeon, with newly-elected SNP members of parliament  outside the Houses of Parliament this week. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

1 Celebrity endorsements: “When you’re hot you’re hot” is not an absolute. With 9 million Twitter followers, his own TV channel, a book in Amazon’s to(...)