A clinical director at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, has defended the rate of breech births at the facility following the release of an audit instigated after the death of a baby in 2013. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

A clinical director at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda has defended the rate of breech births at the facility following the release of an aud(...)

Avril Buttle and Julie Patterson with their Gaisce medals. President  Michael D Higgins said the stories of those who won awards were “so rich, diverse and valuable”. Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Europe’s greatest challenge is its young people given the extent of youth unemployment across the continent, President Michael D Higgins has said. M(...)

Paddy ‘Rala’ O’Reilly celebrates with the Ireland rugby team on there way back to Dublin after winning the Six Nations last season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paddy O’Reilly, or ‘Rala’ as the Irish rugby team calls him, has been Ireland’s bagman for the last 20 years and ‘Baggage Master’, an uppity title (...)

Judge Patricia Ryan has adjourned sentencing of Michael McDonald (44) to next July.

A burglar was wearing a Yankees baseball cap he had stolen from a priest’s house when gardaí arrested him hours after the break-in.Michael McDonald (4(...)

A woman touches an icon of the Virgin Mary during a pilgrimage to    Lourdes .... “inside the Domain, there is a intensely spiritual atmosphere, even when you are not taking part in a procession”. , southwestern France, on August 24,   (Photo: Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images)

Until last week, I had never been to Lourdes, which is an admission, I suppose, on a par with Fintan O’Toole letting it be known that he had only rece(...)

Looking at cures: Dr Michael Moran. Photographs: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker
Diagnosing miracles

Dr Michael Moran is a Belfast hospital registrar who is prepared to take a bit of surgical ribbing. He is studying to be an ear, nose and throat su(...)

Flash floods devastated the town last year

The French writer Émile Zola was less than complimentary about the waters at Lourdes, describing them as “an abominable soup of ills”.“There was every(...)

The Minister for Health said: “The acquisition of Mount Carmel as a stand-alone maternity hospital would, I believe, represent a retrograde step.”  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The HSE is examining whether the former Mount Carmel private hospital could be transforme(...)

Ayesha Mailey and Janie Doherty from LUXe (in green) and angel Ashlene McFadden from Fidget Feet at the launch of Dublin’s NYE

‘The whole town is booked out for two weeks.” That’s something you might expect to hear if you’re seeking shelter whilst leading a pregnant virgin thr(...)

Declan Conlon, Co Kildare, winner of the visitor section in the Cavan/Monaghan Garda 
Championship on Lough Sheelin, with his 2.7kg trout caught on a Pearly Claret Dabbler

‘DON’T forget, Brown Island for barbecue at one o’clock,” Cyril Boggins bellowed across the canal section at Ross Castle on Lough Lein in Killarney as(...)