‘Clearly not Flann’: Robert Farren, aka Roibéard Ó Faracháin, the poet.

O’Nolan spent his career pretending to be other people.  And sometimes even the other people were not who they were supposed to be

Novena of poems:   Caitríona Ní Chléirchín   reads “In Memory of My Mother” at the graveside of  Patrick Kavanagh in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, as part of a tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of  his death. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ceremony in Inniskeen celebrates ‘Stony Grey Soil’ poet 50 years after his death

The Republic of Ireland’s James McClean (right) and Daryl Murphy stand dejected after a 5-1 defeat to Denmark on Tuesday night ended their World Cup qualification hopes. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Norsemen cast cold eye on best efforts of O’Neill’s men, then pass by, en route to Russia

‘Call me a grinch, if you like, but I suffer a just-as-visceral reaction to the grotesquely-premature lights that are already decorating some Dublin shops.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Many famous verifiers breathed their last in the eleventh month, including Kavanagh and Wilde and Milton

‘The writer said Conor McGregor had grown up in “the Gaelic speaking, council estate badlands of Tallaght, south of Dublin”.’ Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

‘Suddenly, I was in Leopold Bloom’s kitchen, circa 1904, trying to fry kidneys (which burned, with the result that I smelled smoke(...)

Storm Ophelia passing Porthcawl in Wales. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

Translated from the original Gaelic (and other sources)

Sheep thrills: Irish fans celebrate Ireland’s goal by James McClean at the Woolshed in Dublin’s Parnell Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

They had gathered in the Woolshed pub, but the cheers turned to bleats of disappointment

The crowd in the Aviva Stadium was in general on the small side, physically if not in numbers. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Moldovan TV crew’s prediction was right: three handy points for the hosts

The Marquis de Favra

A man who will misuse an apostrophe is capable of anything, as Con Houlihan knew

Mayo supporting pupils from Scoil Mhuire NS, Stephen Murphy, Ruairí Kernan, Tomás Thornton and Oran Malone surrounded by fellow Dublin supporting pupils on the eve of the All-Ireland football final between Dublin and Mayo. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pupils in Marino’s Scoil Mhuire and a landmark building hold their own against the blue tide

Serbian fans outside the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Serbian fans’ confidence ahead of the match against Ireland proves well-founded

‘Among the better-known guests to have stayed in the Railway Hotel was George Bernard Shaw, who became intimately connected with C(...)

At least part of Francis Ledwidge’s decision to go to war may have been simple economics. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Centenary commemorations will remember Francis Ledwidge this weekend

 Chris Darwin, four generations removed from the great man,   had the misfortune of failing his biology exams. Inevitably, he was nicknamed “the missing link”. Above, at the RIA this week.

How Emma Darwin held the fate of ‘The Origin of Species’ in her hands

Brian O’Nolan: wrote his long-running ‘Irish Times’ column, ‘Cruiskeen Lawn’, from 1940 until 1966 under the pseudonym of Myles na gCopaleen.

Biennial academic conference on Flann O’Brien in Austria shows his global appeal

Throwaway returns to  the winner’s enclosure after winning the Gold Cup at Ascot in 1904

The alleged Gold Cup scandal of 1904 was among this year's colourful Bloomsday talks

The children of Disraeli's path out of EUgypt has been beset by a fearsome tribe known as the Corbynites

Increasingly frustrated Ireland supporters: Wes Hoolahan’s 71st-minute arrival was greeted as if he were the coming of the cavalry in person. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Frank McNally: Late charge after cavalry’s arrival not enough to see off invaders

The Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana, the US.

The Montana explosion was nearer the battlefields of first World War than anyone knew

Willie Redmond’s grave. Nearby, in  Locre Hospice Cemetery, his   former comrades repose beneath the more conventional headstones of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Like Redmond, Francis Ledwidge was to die on the first day of a battle

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