Most of the gardaí killed were involved in road traffic incidents or died while trying to rescue others. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA 2:02

Garda Tony Golden’s death brings to 88 to the number of gardaí who have died while on active service for the force. Most of those killed were invol(...)

A fan looks on from the terrace during the Round 3B qualifier between Galway and Derry at Pearse Stadium in July. Photograph: Inpho

When we look at the intercounty championship structures, the idea of natural selection rather than intelligent design suggests itself, but there we(...)

This week, an Irish Cancer Society survey revealed that the average monthly cost of cancer to a patient is €862

It’s probably the sense of gratitude that silences many patients. An acute awareness of their luck to live in a time when the word cancer is not neces(...)

European Commissioner for Rural Development Phil Hogan, centre, with Lucy O’Brien and Sean Atkinson, chief executive of Siro. photograph: photocall ireland

A rural community in Co Laois is benefiting from Ireland’s fastest commercial broadband service, thanks to an initiative by Vodafone-ESB joint venture(...)

The  Midlands Prison in Portlaoise when newly built in 2000. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Hundreds of defective prison cell windows are to be replaced at the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, Co Laois. Windows in 500 cells in the original pri(...)

A pair of large Chinese “Qing period” powder-blue vases, each 2.5ft high: they exceeded the estimate of up to €40,000

Downton Abbey’s return to TV screens last weekend, with an opening storyline about a country-house auction, provided the perfect curtain-raiser to (...)

Ploughing champion Eamonn Tracey on the last day of the 2015 National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 1:29

The National Ploughing Championships has morphed into something so huge that it would be easy to forget its origins. Many of the visitors who arrive (...)

European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan said the digital gap between urban and rural areas must be closed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The remote village of Ratheniska in Co Laois - home to the National Ploughing Championships - is about to get the fastest broadband in the State. Sir(...)

Ploughing Championships: Sunshine and horse power at the national event  in  Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: The Irish Times 2:18

President Michael D Higgins is not one to evoke divine intervention too often, but he managed a wry smile when seeing the ranks of clergy lined up bes(...)

Josephine Hickey from Waterford: “Break-ins would be the biggest issues for people at the moment.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Josephine Hickey, from Co Waterford. “Break-ins would be the biggest issues for people at the moment. Older people being broken into, people afraid l(...)