Anthony Sadler (L), from Pittsburg, California, and Alek Skarlatos from Roseburg, Oregon, hold their medals as they sit in a restaurant after a brief ceremony in the town of Arras, northern France, on August 21, 2015. The Americans  overpowered a gunman armed with a Kalashnikov who opened fire on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

President Barack Obama has praised the heroism of three Americans who overpowered a gunman on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris on(...)

The Library Gardens Apartments in Berkeley, California, before the balcony collapse which killed five Irish J-1 students and one Irish-American student. Photograph: Google Maps

Where did the water come from? That’s the question. It is six weeks since the balcony collapse at an apartment block in Berkeley that killed fi(...)

A crew works on the remaining wood of an apartment building balcony that collapsed in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

Berkeley City Council has approved strict new rules on building regulations in the wake of last month’s balcony collapse in California that killed six(...)

Cafes on South William Street: Dublin made it to fourth place in the Matador network’s list of the world’s best cities for coffee lovers and is hosting the world barista championships next year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin City Council has set up a working group to examine the various issues relating to cafes and restaurants replacing city centre shops, in the wak(...)

A decision by Seattle’s city council to recognise “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on the same day as Columbus Day has angered members of the Italian American community. Photograph: Getty Images

An important moment in the history of the Americas is remembered in the United States every year on the second Monday in October: the time “Native Ame(...)

Rescue workers, police, and firefighters working at the scene of the crash. Photograph: Greg Barnette/Record Searchlight/EPA

Ten people died, many of them high school students, when a tractor-trailer slammed into a tour bus with college hopefuls heading to a campus to(...)

 Bing Crosby pictured in August 1967 with his horse, Dominion Day, which won the Blandford Stakes at the Curragh with trainer  Paddy Prendergast. Photograph: Dermot Barry/The Irish Times

Crooner Bing Crosby wrote to the Archbishop of Dublin John Charles McQuaid requesting that he get Irish nuns to run a new hospital in California. Cros(...)

Funny girl: Greta Gerwig in 'Frances Ha'

As you may have noticed, it’s been a bit on the balmy side this summer. What better time to lower temperatures with the coolest actress on the planet?(...)

In 1988 Dublin’s Catholic bishops, and Archbishop-elect Desmond Connell, decided to unleash known paedophile Patrick McCabe on an unsuspecting California. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

You could say that chapter 20 is a 62-page distillation of all the horrors revealed in the Murphy report, in general.It illustrates vividly a world wh(...)

Murphy found that Dermot  Ryan, archbishop from 1972 to 1984 “protected Fr McCabe to an extraordinary extent; he ensured, as far as he could, that very few people knew about his activities”

Chapter 20 of the Murphy report, “encapsulates everything that was wrong with the [Dublin] archdiocesan handling of child sexual abuse cases,” it said(...)