MacSwiney, owned by Jim Bolger, won the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday at 12/1, holding off the favourite One Ruler. Photograph: @AtTheRaces/Twitter.

Jim Bolger owned MacSwiney victorious a day before centenary of former Lord Mayor of Cork’s death

Terence MacSwiney, the Republican martyr, became an enduring symbol of self-sacrifice and stoicism even before he died on hunger strike 100 years ago.

Mother and daughter, Muriel and Máire MacSwiney, did not speak for 50 years

A group of 70 pastors attached to evangelical Christian denominations  have written to the Government warning of ‘severe’ consequences if their churches are not opened up.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Closure of churches deemed ‘unwarranted’ by group of 70 pastors in letter to Taoiseach

Chief executive of the HSE Paul Reid tweeted about the marginal reduction on Covid-19 positivity rates. Photograph: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland

Paul Reid believes early trends should give everybody ‘encouragement’

Cannabis seized at Dublin Port. Photograph: Revenue

Three men are arrested following seizure as part of investigation into criminal gangs

A photo of Hurricane Epsilon. Photograph: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via The New York Times

Status yellow weather warnings are issued as Galway, Mayo face risk of flash flooding

Covid-19 signposts at Tullamore Golf Club. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Sam McConkey says ‘Golfgate’ highlighted the problem of socialising after a sport during the pandemic

World Health Organisation executive director Mike Ryan: “If we could identify a higher proportion of cases and ask close contacts to quarantine with our support, we wouldn’t necessarily be having lockdowns.” Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini

More moral support needed for those in quarantine, MacGill Summer School hears

There are now more options for tests with antigen tests allowing for more rapid testing which will help the public to get on top of the virus and open the way for normal life to resume.  Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images)

Prof Devi Sridhar: ‘If we can get to March, we will be in a profoundly different situation’

Irish people will have to get used to a return to the the situation in the 1970s and 1980s when few people went abroad, Professor Mary Horgan told the McGill Summer school. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Professor Mary Horgan says several foreign holidays a year are out in the future

Tourism sector: vital to economy. Photograph: From Fáilte Ireland’s domestic tourism marketing campaign this year

Overseas visitors generate 75 per cent of all tourism revenue in the State

Gardaí in Carlow have asked anyone with information to contact them. Photograph: Frank Miller/File

Male (16) in serious condition after being stabbed at house in early hours of Monday

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Pool/AFP via Getty

Citizens’ Assembly also told of problems caused by gender imbalance in media

Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland general secretary Kieran Christie said schools had reopened when the number of coronavirus cases were a lot lower than they are now. Photograph: iStock

Union says safety and welfare of teachers and students is paramount

The number of people in ICU has  remained steady over the last week with 30 people in intensive care units as of 8am. File photograph: Alan Betson

Thirty patients in ICU, with 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours

Prof Luke O’Neill, a biochemist at Trinity College Dublin, suggested the data coming from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is very promising. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Professor Luke O’Neill believes data is promising and treatments are getting better

Dr Catherine Day, chairwoman of the Citizens’ Assembly, says there is a feeling from the assembly  that gender equality is going backwards, not forwards. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chairwoman issues warning as Citizens’ Assembly to discuss issue for second weekend

Art O’Brien’s unmarked grave in Deansgrange cemetery

Shedding light on the work of the ‘presiding genius’ of the Irish movement in London

‘I don’t accept arguments that belittle the impact of the disease and reduce the strategy to something where older people can be siphoned off safely,’  Dr Colm Henry, chief clinical officer with the HSE said. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Advert advocating herd immunity placed by tech millionaire drew ‘wrong conclusions’

 HSE chief Paul Reid  at the HSE’s weekly update in Dr Steevens’ Hospital  on Thursday. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

HSE chief Paul Reid says public, not health workers are first line of defence against virus

Paul Reid said more than 103,250 swabs were carried out in the last week with a turnaround of 2.1 days and a positivity rate of 5.5 per cent. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Coronavirus hospital admissions have increased by 62 per cent from last week

 Angela Dorgan . Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Oireachtas committee hears cuts to the PUP makes it harder for artists to survive

Members of An Garda at a checkpoint on the M4 in Co. Kildare. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Operation Fanacht sees private car volumes down to just 70 per cent of normal

Sean Treacy’s body is moved, as caught by a Pathe film crew in Dublin

Sean Treacy, one of the most-wanted men in Ireland, was shot on Talbot Street in Dublin

Eleanor McEvoy  said the €50 million which has been given to the live music sector marks an “unprecedented” in attitudes to the unfunded sector.  Photograph : Aidan Crawley

Eleanor McEvoy says Government support is ‘unprecedented’ for musicians

Luke Murphy (19) at home in Carnew village. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Luke Murphy qualified last year with a diploma and was earning €1,000 a week before Covid-19 struck

Kevin Monaghan (74), from Lifford, Co Donegal: ‘There has been no mention whatsoever about the sacrifices that old people made at great cost to themselves by using extra fuel and lighting’

My budget: Kevin Monaghan (74) says he and his wife ‘are to the pin of our collar’ with expenses

MEAI has already warned that things are so bad for some in the industry that they are having to sell off their instruments.

Thousands on the ‘breadline’ with live music venues closed since March

Gardaí seized 70kg of herbal cannabis in Coolock. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Herbal cannabis found at business premises in Coolock in joint operation with Revenue

Paddy Doyle pictured in 1997. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Disability activist wrote about cruelty and abuse he suffered in Waterford industrial school

Gardaí have set up checkpoints on motorways in conjunction with coronavirus regulations. Photograph: An Garda Síochána/Twitter

People planning to avoid measures ‘will be left very disappointed’, say gardaí

Hildegarde Naughton said cycling suffers from “negative perceptions” as to its relative safety. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Hildegarde Naughton says cycling is statistically safer than it was 20 years ago

Journalist Becky Paskin was among the first to highlight sexist language in Jim Murray’s best-selling Whisky Bible. Photograph: New York Times

Jim Murray says book will evolve; says he aims to enlighten and entertain – not offend

 Anti-mask campaigners  gathered on Grafton Street  before staging a brief sit-down protest. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Gardaí investigate organisation of protests which may breach the Covid-19 regulations

A sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in September resulted in additional restrictions in Dublin, Donegal and at third level.  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

September was second worst month for new cases but deaths remain far lower than April

A series of yellow rain and wind warnings are in place today. Graphic via Met Éireann

Status yellow warning: Threat of flooding in places as storm arrives on Sunday morning

 Gardaí  performing random vehicle checks amid coronavirus restrictions in the village of Muff, Co Donegal, on the border with Northern Ireland, in recent days. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Eight deaths occurred before September; total of 37,668 confirmed cases in Republic

World Health Organisation (WHO) health emergencies programme director Dr Mike Ryan. File photograph: AFP via Getty Images.

WHO official estimates that 750m people globally have likely had coronavirus to date

Males need to be taught from the earliest age possible to do their fair share of housework and caregiving, a men’s charity has claimed. Image: iStock.

Charity says ‘gender justice’ won’t happen until males share domestic responsibilities

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: “The over-concentration particulary on the daily case number can create the wrong impression. It can cause people to despair sometimes”. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Ireland on course for record Covid-19 numbers, says Tánaiste

Student Patrick Sutton at the launch of the National Adult Literacy Agency’s new collection, Voices. Photograph: Conor Healy

Publication in plain English marks 40 years of the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)

Children under the age of four should be restricted to just one square of chocolate a week as a treat, new health guidelines suggest.  Photograph: iStock

New guidelines for children (0-4) recommends ‘tiny’ amounts of treats

Dr Nabarro explained the recent rise in cases was a result of people moving around. Photograph: iStock

NPHET says there should be maximum of six people from one household rather than three

Irish visitors to the four countries face considerable restrictions when they arrive. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz / AFP

State curently has one of the strictest travel regimes in Europe

Dr Illona Duffy said many people in Monaghan have to wait five days between being tested and getting the results and they are not self-isolating.

Dr Illona Duffy says she called a patient with positive result to find ‘they were not at home’

The statues were removed in July in the mistaken belief that two of them were representations of slave women. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council confirms ‘delicate’ conservation work needed before reinstallation

One of the  statues,  removed by the Shelbourne Hotel - which will now be put back.

Art historian concludes that statues are not depictions of African slave women

Dr Ronan Glynn said the National Public Health Emergency Team was aware of the impact of the ban on indoor dining in Dublin.

Acting CMO criticises focus on ‘small but significant element of society that is not open’

Prof Sam McConkey  addresses the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee by video link. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

‘Zero Covid’ for Ireland is not feasible unless every other country does same, says Swedish expert

Sweden’s former chief epidemiologist Dr Johan Giesecke speaking by  online connection to the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

Swedish epidemiologist advises against pinning hopes on imminent advent of vaccine

Public health expert Prof Anthony Staines

‘If you are going to do mad stuff do it outside’, says DCU professor Anthony Staines

Twitter said its combination of human moderation and use of technology, allows it to take a more proactive response to online abuse. Photograph: iStock

Social media platform has implemented only one of 10 recommendations

 Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann: accuses musician Van Morrison of encouraging people not to take Covid-19 seriously. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Robin Swann tells Rolling Stone Morrison is encouraging ‘tin foil hat brigade’

President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Frank Miller

Michael D Higgins says Covid-19 pandemic has exposed global inequalities

Students will learn the legal definition of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, and how to access support services through the college programme. Photograph: iStock

New learning resource for third-level students launched

A screengrab from a video on social media showing the crowd at the event at the  Oliver Bond flat complex in Dublin over the weekend.

Dublin southwest inner city has one of the highest rates of Covid-19 in the country

Henry Street in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Infections in over-65s have gone from zero to 163 a week since the beginning of July

Sack of Balbriggan (1920)

Actions by Crown forces brought renewed focus on Ireland’s struggle for independence

Cogadh Ar Mhná will air on TG4

Dublin archbishop answered woman’s plea for money so her son could be adopted

 Barman Steven Gilgunn outside  Grogan’s pub on South William Street in  Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Many staff have been living on half their wages for the last six months

President Michael D. Higgins  at Aras an Uachtarain. Photograph: Frank Miller

President says sack of Balbriggan 100 years ago was rooted in ideas of superiority

 Pat Smullen’s remains are given a guard of honour through Rhode on the way to St Peter’s Church. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Jockey, who died from cancer aged 43, laid to rest in his local cemetery in Offaly

Jimi Hendrix performs at the Royal Albert Hall in London in February 1969. Photograph: David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images.

Dave Tiger Taylor, whose band who toured with Hendrix, remembers his ‘magic’

 From left: the curator of Glendalough: Power, Prayer and Pilgrimage Matthew Seaver. with Minister for  Culture Catherine Martin and  Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland Diarmuid Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

National Museum of Ireland features 24 objects associated with the world-famous site

Elysha Brennan: ‘We are still going into work every day putting on a mask to protect ourselves because that is evidence-based medicine.’Photograph: Elysha Brennan

Former Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan says it is not a big ask for the public to wear masks

Dr Ronan Glynn, the acting chief medical officer, warned the Government that Dublin was a ‘disease reservoir’ that threatened the whole State. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Dr Ronan Glynn said cases in the capital could rise to 300 a day by month’s end

Rail is the worst affected of domestic public transport. Intercity, Dart and Luas services are down by more than 60 per cent between March and August. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

All modes of transport are down, with air, train and bus worst affected by the virus

Gardaí at the  scene at  a laneway off Madison Road in Kilmainham, Dublin 8 where a man was found dead. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Boy (16) being questioned about incident in laneway in Kilmainham area of Dublin

The Book of Kells and its display case in the newly-refurbished treasury in the Old Library in Trinity College Dublin.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

New case and plinth designed to highlight the beauty of Ireland’s best-known treasure

Members of the Garda wear protective face masks while on duty in Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Acting CMO Dr Ronan Glynn warns Dublin faces ‘critical moment’

James Murray pictured during the Boer War. Photograph courtesy of Dr John Murray

Relatives assumed Murray’s medal had been lost in notorious 1963 Fenian Street collapse

Dr Martin Feeley says any assessment of Ireland’s strategy should take into account the cost to people’s quality of life.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dr Martin Feeley says restrictions were ‘draconian’ and unfair on younger people

Dr Ronan Glynn: ‘It’s all time for us to redouble our effort to say safe.’

Micheál Martin: “We won’t be afraid to implement measures specifically in Dublin”

Dr Ronan Glynn: ‘It’s all time for us to redouble our effort to say safe.’

Virus numbers will double in the next fortnight if action is not taken, public health officials warn

 Bohemian FC’s 2020 away jersey contains the slogan ‘Refugees Welcome’

The money will be spent on laptops to allow students in direct provision to learn remotely

Epidemiologist Prof Sam McConkey says the wide differences in Covid rates seen in Dublin shows a general lockdown of the city would not be justified. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some parts of the city have rates two and a half times higher than neighbouring areas

The Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) attended the scene in Rafter’s Avenue, Crumlin at 9am on Thursday morning.  File photograph: David Sleator

Device led to the exacuation of local houses and traffic diversion in Crumlin

Total fatalities from the virus remains at 1,781. File photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach cautions adults in bid to guarantee schools stay open and people continue working

Dáil told it seemed “more important for a father to be able to wet his baby’s head rather than to see his baby’s head”. Photograph: iStock

Opposition TD says rules ‘bonkers’ as NMH master says politicians will not decide on lifting

One man and his alarm clock: A cropped version of the photo taken at   McGinn’s Hop Store in Woodquay, Galway city on Monday evening. Photograph: McGinn’s Hop Store/Facebook

Image of man keeping to Covid-19 rules described as ‘Carravaggio for this age’

Aoibhinn Ni Suilleabhain was subjected to two years of harassment by fellow academic. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin was subjected to two years of harassment by fellow academic

Dublin Zoo’s ‘Wild Lights’ in 2019. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Popular event has been a feature of the zoo’s winter offering for the last three years

 Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer with Covid-19 graphic. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Acting CMO says he can understand how the release of daily Covid-19 numbers causes anxiety

Siobhan Cullen told the documentary that before she died her mother told her, “I have the thirst of death on me”.   Photograph: RTE

Relatives feature in new documentary telling stories of eight people who died during pandemic

Niamh Kavanagh  at a dress rehearsal for the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Norway, in May 2010. File photograph: Bob Strong/Reuters

‘Being a national treasure for 27 years doesn’t qualify you for much on paper’

The Association of Optometrists Ireland has said Covid-19 has exacerbated already long waiting lists for eye care. Photograph: Getty Images

Some patients are waiting up to five years for cataract operations

Taoiseach Micheal Martin arriving for a visit to pharmaceutical and biotech research firm APC in Cherrywood. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach says aim of new regulation is to to deal with rogue operators

  There has been a 70 per cent increase in demand for food as a result of Covid-19. Photograph: iStock

Public asked to make food donations to those affected by Covid-19 downturn

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn at a daily Covid-19 briefing

Daily briefings are causing unnecessary anxiety and should be switched to a weekly basis, number of doctors argue

Gardaí said the  solving of the murder of Raonaid Murray is ‘of the utmost priority for An Garda Síochána and any information received will be treated with absolute confidentiality’.

Ms Murray was murdered 21 years ago but her killer has not been found

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: ‘This virus relies on human contact. The virus has not changed and neither have the basic measures that keep us all protected. It is these basic measures that are most important to keep Covid-19 under control.’  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than half new cases are in Dublin while Northern Ireland records one further fatality

Buffaloes from Johnny Lynch’s farm. File photograph: The Irish Times

More than 2,000 people have expressed an interest in the eight calves in Thurles

A yellow rainfall warning has been issued for Connacht and a number of counties in Ulster. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

September begins where August left off as weather stations record increased rainfall

Public health officials admit there are some delays around testing. Photograph: iStock

North’s Department of Health reports 49 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre says those who have been infected have had 365 close contacts, with each case generating an average of 6.6 close contacts. File photograph: The Irish Times

Those who have been infected have had 365 close contacts, according to health watchdog

Mark Kennedy and his wife Jill in Leixlip, Co Kildare. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

‘A lot of businesses have closed...there is a lot of derelict buildings around’

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