New name: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Photograph: PA

Ronan McGreevy The Department of Social Protection is to get a new name to reflect its enhanced role. It will be known from Saturday as the Departme(...)

Alan Hawe (40) who killed his wife Clodagh Hawe (nee Coll) and their three boys, Liam (14), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) a year ago. Photograph: Hawe and Coll families/PA Wire

An anniversary Mass for Alan Hawe who killed his wife and three children before killing himself was a stark reminder of how two families remain divide(...)

Junior infant Joe Fahy from Dundrum on his first day at school at  St Olaf’s NS, Balally Drive, Dundrum, Dublin 16.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

A soggy August morning gave way to bright sunshine as a new group of infants began their first day of school in Balally, south Dublin, on Wednesday. (...)

Thomas “Bang Bang” Dudley

Thomas Dudley, better known as “Bang Bang”, was on Monday remembered on the spot where he had been forgotten about for more than three decades. He di(...)

Tim Findlen and Joel Eckhaus with Tony Boland (R), director of Sunday’s Ukelele Hooley in Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The rise and fall and rise again of the ukulele tells us as much about the times we live in as it does about the humble instrument itself. Once deri(...)

Rory Cowan with his mother, Esther, in 2012. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Not many actors get to walk away from a globally successful show on their own terms, but Rory Cowan has done just that. Last month the 58-year-old ac(...)

Cork celebrate with the O’Duffy Cup after their victory in 2015. The All-Ireland camogie final has been designated free to air. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The All-Ireland senior women’s Gaelic football and camogie finals have been designated as free-to-air events for Irish television viewers. In a boost(...)

The plaque to Major Richard ‘Dick’ Dowling which was erected in Tuam Town Hall in 1998. Photograph: Wiki Commons

A man has been arrested in Houston, Texas after attempting to blow up a statue to an Irish-born commander who is also the subject of the only Confeder(...)

The divers drifted far away from their dive boat because of strong currents around Dalkey Island.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two divers were rescued after they got into trouble off the coast of Co Dublin on Sunday afternoon. An alert was sounded at 3.08pm when the two men (...)

Michele McCormack (Chicago Rose 1985)

Michele McCormack (Chicago Rose 1985) Michele McCormack became the Chicago Rose “when it was still fun and not so serious”. Even now more than three(...)