Catherine Hammond painting.

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 Irish Times swimmer Laurence Mackin’s tip: Head down and look down your front at your swimming togs. This will immediately streamline your body and you will instantly feel the movement easier in the water. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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Sign up now to learn to swim for a mile with our Get Swimming programme, in association with Swim Ireland

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David Bowie during David Bowie “Reality Tour” at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photograph:  KMazur/WireImage

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The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced a 12 per cent increase in its budget for 2016, up to €310 million. The Arts Council (...)

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Who runs Ireland?

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