President Ronald Reagan and Ms Nancy Reagan during their visit to Ireland. President Reagan is drinking a pint of Guinness in the Ronald Reagan pub in Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

(...) from these archives. But first we take a look back at some of the key events which shaped the year(...)

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(...) reviews, but that I take for granted. I call a fair share between 65 percent and 75 percent." Christ our(...)

German and British troops sing “Silent Night” before playing a football match to commemorate the Christmas Truce of 1914, at the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Birr. In October 1914 they tried to take the village of Premesques outside Armentiéres with massive(...)

Dancing at the Metropole in Dublin in 1968. Photograph:  Kevin McMahon

Irish dance music since the disco era of the late 1970s – Leahy is the first to take the widescreen, 50(...)

Islanders say they have no idea when the vacant nurse’s post will be filled permanently. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

(...) never wanted to see us wanting, but it is unfair of the HSE to take advantage of this,” Ms Heanue said(...)

Ruby Walsh guides Vautour to victory in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. But Walsh will not be aboard at Leopardstown on St Stephen’s Day as he will be at Kempton. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

(...) bumper debut and was set a big task against the highly-promising Boldini afterwards.Martin can also take(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan after the agreement had been concluded. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

Christmas Eve, what the North’s five main parties and the British and Irish governments achieved was(...)

A shopper on Oxford Street, London. Britain’s yearly growth rate in the third quarter was revised to 2.6 per cent from a previous estimate of 3.0 per cent.

(...) despite a fall in take-home incomes, underscoring the challenges of getting the recovery onto a sounder(...)

“But I don’t forget the knitted circus. There was the fat ringmaster in his scarlet coat.” Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

(...) circus ring with red tent poles and a high box for the lion to sit on. The circus was for five of us(...)

Noel Cahill works as a porter in Cork University Hospital: ‘In all of my 20 or so years of working as a porter, there hasn’t been a day when I haven’t wanted to go to work. That’s fulfilling in itself.’ Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

(...), I am the face of the HSE. The experience people will take away with them depends on the interaction(...)