Paul and Caroline Martin of Glasnevin: with the  rifle discovered in their home. Photograph: Sara Freund

A rook rifle, as the name suggests, was used for shooting rooks – regarded in the 19th century as pests and vermin – along with small game such as ra(...)

A man opened fire in Quinta do Conde, about 30km south of the capital, following what television reports called a row between neighbours. Photograph: Google Maps

Three people, including two police officers, have been killed in a shootout in Portugal on Saturday following a row in a town near Lisbon, police have(...)

“I’ll be honest: wins are everything in golf. No-one plays to finish in the top-five, or to finish second or third. You would definitely swap a lot of good finishes for a win, so I think it has been a pretty successful year so far in that regards.” Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images.

I’ve seen quite a bit of the Atlantic Ocean these past couple of weeks, whether it has been standing on sand banks off Portugal or looking out from(...)

‘The right to housing would help those who are facing homelessness now and would be a fundamental safeguard against the recurrence of this gravely unacceptable crisis.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The haunting story widely reported recently of the family with three children under the age of six found sleeping rough in Dublin has once again focus(...)

Recife: revival of interest in its Jewish past is part of a still-emerging change in Brazil since the return of democracy in the 1980s

In the heart of Old Recife is a street sign that hints at the remarkable history of one of Brazil’s oldest neighbourhoods. Painted onto tiles in the P(...)

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The Big Grill Festival will set Dublin’s Herbert Park alight this weekend, running from Thursday afternoon until late Sunday night. The festival of(...)

The decision to possibly link up with long-haul carriers is the latest taboo to be broken by the Irish carrier, which launched a major customer service overhaul two years ago and introduced its first business fare last August

Ryanair is in talks with British Airways owner International Airlines Group and Aer Lingus about providing transfer connections for its rivals’ long-h(...)

Germany’s deputy chancellor Sigmar Gabriel shares a light moment with residents of a refugee centre in Wolgast, Germany:  Germany accepted 202,815 asylum seekers in 2014, the most of any EU country. Photograph: Bernd Wuestneck/EPA

German Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel has described European Union member state burden-sharing on asylum seekers a “disgrace”. Mr Gabriel, the (...)

Fr Peter McVerry says in places buying drugs is easier than buying pizza.

Buying drugs in parts of Ireland can be easier than ordering pizza,” said campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, who believes the “war on drugs has long been lo(...)

Shane Lowry of Ireland hits off the fourth tee during the final round of the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Nerves of steel? Make it titanium. Shane Lowry – showing fortitude, demonstrating terrific shot-making and, on the odd occasion, riding his luck – fol(...)