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(...)

Sinead foyle from Co Laois picutred wth her Debs Dress which she bought in Folkster in Temple Bar Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Cometh the summer, cometh the debs and cometh the dresses. As the trauma of the Leaving Cert fades and thoughts turn to fashion and celebration, fe(...)

 US first lady Michelle Obama declares the Special Olympics open at the Opening Ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, USA, on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Ireland’s athletes received one of the loudest cheers of the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games on Saturday night as they marched in(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Taoiseach Enda Kenny   and Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan at the Garda College in Templemore on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she was “open to reviewing” hate crime legislation after a number of attacks in the past week. Ms Fit(...)

A Lithuanian man will go on trial this Thursday charged with murdering a 26-year-old Latvian man in County Laois last year

A Lithuanian man will go on trial this Thursday charged with murdering a 26-year-old Latvian man in County Laois last year. Deivydas Zigelis (37) with(...)