The Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, Co Laois. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Department of Health and the HSE wanted to see key services at the troubled Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise closed down in June 2014, but (...)

The Clark Family Project pictured this afternoon at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2015, which takes place in Stradbally from next Friday to Sunday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

With less than 24 hours to go before this year’s eagerly anticipated Electric Picnic festival kicks off, gardaí are calling on festival goers to keep (...)

The Cereal Killer Cafe stall, which will be at this year's Electric Picnic

Since its inception, food has played an important role at the Electric Picnic. We can still remember munching on crepes stuffed with Brie, vegetabl(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly will miss next Saturday’s replay after being banned for one match.

Diarmuid Connolly has been suspended for Dublin’s All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo on Saturday. The All Star forward took his case against(...)

Blur’s headline set on  Saturday night is expected to be one of the highlights of   Electric Picnic 2015. File photograph: PA 2:22

For the first time in its 11-year history, the Electric Picnic will have more than 50,000 people on site at Stradbally, Co Laois, this weekend. What (...)

A dental laboratory technician internship is one of the current JobBridge posts on offer. File photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

A microbiology scientist, a dental laboratory technician, and a restaurant supervisor for a “very busy” 120-seater establishment are just some of th(...)

Darina Allen at Ballymaloe cookery school, Co Cork: ‘If there’s a warm Sunday without wind, we pack up baskets.’ Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Competition We want to hear your favourite picnic memories, locations, recipes and stories. Email them to itpicnic@irishtimes.com. In no more t(...)

The former Garda station in Inistioge, Co Kilkenny, sold for €132,000 at an auction in Kilkenny

Rural Garda stations may no longer be of service to the State but they appear to have growing appeal for home buyers and community groups around th(...)

Galways supporting cast has made star man Joe Canning even more of a threat. Photograph: Inpho

Galway’s tactical evolution in Anthony Cunningham’s fourth year as manager seems down to their marquee forward before the arrival of Joe Canni(...)

Kilkenny’s manager Brian Cody is reflecting on yet another All-Ireland final appearance. Photograoh: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian Cody, briefly pausing while guiding Kilkenny into a 14th All-Ireland final since 1999, gifted the media a rare joke last evening. Granted, it wa(...)