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Tomorrow, July 15th, is St Swithin’s Day. And you know what that means? If it rains, we’ll have 40 wet days in succession. If it doesn’t we’ll have 40(...)

A red beret photographs some blue berets attending the annual National Day of Commemoration Ceremony to honour all  Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A British army pensioner from Kildare attended his first National Day of Commemoration ceremony in Dublin yesterday and thought it “immaculate”. Padd(...)

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has stressed his opposition to assisted dying as one of his predecessors announced he has changed his mind and will now support the right of terminally ill patients to seek help to end their lives. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has stressed his opposition to assisted dying as one of his predecessors announced he has changed his mind a(...)

Romesh Gunesekera, above, is “graced with a poet’s vision and an abiding sense of justice”. Photograph: Getty Images

Many people spend a great deal of time lamenting their lack of peace; far fewer do something about it. But Vasantha, the middle-aged narrator of Sr(...)

Osea Kolinisau of The Dragons fends off a challenge during the World Club 10s match against Cardiff Blues, two clubs at war with the Welsh Rugby Union. Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Welsh rugby has again been plunged into crisis after Regional Rugby Wales (RRW) announced the participation agreement proposed by the Welsh Rugby Unio(...)

England’s Stuart Broad (centre) rues a dropped catch off India’s MS Dhoni (right) during day two of the first Investec test match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Photograph: Nigel French/PA Wire.

England’s frustrations continued at Trent Bridge as an unbroken last-wicket stand of 87 took India well past 400 by tea on day two of the Investec Tes(...)

  Argentina’s goalkeeper Sergio Romero reacts after making his first penalty save. Photograph:   Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

The Argentinian press hailed Sergio Romero’s “Hands of God” after the goalkeeper’s penalty shoot-out heroics earned victory over Holland in Wednesday(...)

Iarnród Éireann has warned the number of services on some unprofitable routes may have to be reduced, and possibly replaced by Bus Eireann services. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Iarnród Éireann has warned the number of services on some unprofitable routes may have to be reduced, and possibly replaced by Bus Eireann services.In(...)

The racing car built by DIT Bolton Street’s engineering team to compete in Formula Student at Silverstone racetrack, England.  Photograph: Domhnall Sheridan

A student racing car speeds forward, dripping sweat beads of oil in the final stages of home testing. The DIT engineering team’s year of hard work has(...)

Mr Brown faces five counts of indecent assault and his trial is expected to open today after the jury is sworn in. Photograph: Collins Courts.

A brother of former Irish presidential candidate and Eurovision song contest winner Dana Scallon has appeared in court accused of sexually abusing two(...)