The remains of Chermaine Carroll, one of the Athy crash victims, arriving at St Mary’s Church, Bennekerry, Co Carlow. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Chermaine Carroll, a 20-year-old victim of the Athy car crash that claimed the lives of her and three of her friends, loved life, a priest told her fu(...)

“Last year, the Queensland minister for transport Scott Emerson announced a two-year trial of a minimum passing distance for motorists who are overtaking cyclists: one metre on roads with speed limits up to 60km/h and 1.5 metres on faster roads,” said Noel Gibbons, who is a road safety officer with Mayo County Council.

A law obliging motorists to give cyclists a minimum amount of space when passing should be considered, a road safety official has suggested.Commenting(...)

The scene of the fatal accident on the N78 near Athy, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The immediate reaction of all first responders and gardaí to the crash near Athy in Co Kildare will have been, firstly, to secure the scene so that th(...)

From the vantage point of a first, or perhaps second, floor apartment window, a person armed with what was probably a smart phone recorded in 42 secon(...)

The Last General Absolution of the Munster Fusiliers at Rue de Bois, a painting by Italian artist Fortunino Matania, depicting the front line near where Capt Arthur O’Sullivan took part in the 1914  truce during the first World War

On Christmas Eve 1914, Capt Arthur O’Sullivan, from Greystones, Co Wicklow, was in his trench at Rue du Bois, near Neuve Chapelle on the western front(...)

David Anderson (@Dandelion933): “I liked her and I was very, very shy and I regret that now.”

Dear Aoife,You were in Scotland this week, Aoife, you and three of your pals.You were in Edinburgh. I don’t know why, but from what I do know, you had(...)

Photograph: Marie Coyne

Aspiring writers, and more established ones too, can make a resolute start to the New Year, by running away to Inisbofin with Yvonne Cullen. “I(...)

Tucked under the stairs at the Irish Georgian Society’s wonderful home on Dublin’s South William Street, Mona O’Rourke sits with her artisan candle(...)

‘Talk to anyone involved in road safety and ask what single factor contributes most to road crashes, and they will all say human behaviour, most of them relating bad behaviour to speed.’ Photograph: Getty Images

A few years ago, the road safety authorities in Ireland took a decision: what were then referred to as road “accidents” would henceforth be termed cra(...)


At about 4.40am on New Year’s Day, two men died in a collision on a high-quality stretch of the N26, near Ballina, Co Mayo. They were the first fat(...)