Adam King from Cork (age 6) appeared on RTÉ Late Late Toy Show. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Former ISS commander tells boy to pursue dreams of working on space missions

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Photograph: iStock

#KeepItReal advocates for an Irish social media council to tackle disinformation

The WB Yeats letters that are up for auction

Letters include encounter with veteran Fenian John O’Leary of September 1913 fame

President Michael D Higgins hosting the first in a series of Machnamh 100 seminars at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph:  Maxwells

History of Irish republicanism too often showed disregard for life, says Higgins

Karen O’Hara from East Coast School of Ballet Malahide with performing arts teachers during a protest outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dance teachers protest outside Dáil over exclusion from reopening

Abbey Theatre directors Graham McLaren and Neil Murray: Calling on the Government to “look again at the reopening of theatres both in light of our readiness and for the mental health and wellbeing of theatre-goers”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Reopening of cinemas but not theatres described as ‘inconsistent and illogical’

Tom Barry addressing former IRA colleagues at an annual commemoration of the Kilmichael ambush which took place 100 years ago on November 28th, 1920.

Ambushes of British forces referred to by Sinn Féin TD were very different from each other

The Social Impact of Covid-19 Survey indicated strong support among the Irish public for Level 5 restrictions with 71 per cent of people saying they are appropriate. Photograph: iStock

More than half surveyed say it will take at least a year before normal life can resume

Sinead O’Connor has been awarded €4,700 through the €1.7 million Music Industry Stimulus Package. File photograph: Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty Images

Sinead O’Connor among artists receiving State help to cope with impact of pandemic

Interior of a peasant family’s hut during the Great Famine, 1845-1849. Illustration from The Life and Times of Queen Victoria, by Robert Wilson. Photograph: The Print Collector/Getty Images

The Hunger: The Story of the Irish Famine isRTÉ’s first major project on the catastrophe

Sandra McLoughlin and her son Michael Maloney back home in Mayo on Saturday after his ‘mindblowing’ appearance on the Late Late Toy Show. Photograph: Sandra McLoughlin

Michael Maloney (14) didn’t know he would be singing with Dermot Kennedy on the show

As of 2pm on Saturday, 254 Covid-19 patients were in hospital with 31 of those in intensive care units. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Study finds that GAA finals were cause of outbreaks of the virus in four counties

Tom Barry addressing former IRA colleagues at an annual  commemoration of the  Kilmichael ambush which took place 100 years ago on November 28th, 1920.

Autopsy reports show how the IRA sought to ensure none of the enemy were left alive

Left to right: Service user Don Johnson with Alone Christmas ambassador Kathryn Thomas and Sean Moynihan CEO of Alone at the launch of service’s Christmas Campaign in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Alone has received 37,000 calls from older people to support line since pandemic hit

Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme

John Patrick Shanley defends accents of Emily Blunt, Christopher Walken and Jamie Dornan

RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy will channel Fantastic Mr Fox for the  opening number of The Late Late Toy Show 2020. The theme for the show is The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl. Photograph: Andres Poveda

‘My dream is to make this beautiful,’ says presenter Ryan Tubridy of Roald Dahl-themed show

Ronan Lynch, owner of The Swan on Dublin’s Aungier Street: ‘Politicians don’t trust the publicans.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘We were using entrepreneurial skills and now the Government is shutting the door’

The new cork stopper on Writers’ Tears whiskey is concealed beneath a foil seal.

Screw tops are now the norm for whiskey bottles, but that wasn’t always the case and the makers of Writers’ Tears are reintroducin(...)

 The car park on Dublin’s Schoolhouse Lane has several floors closed off as demand is low. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘We have not got any evidence to support what he is saying, in fact quite the contrary’

The grave of James Matthews at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.

James Matthews was one of the Croke Park shooting victims buried in an unmarked grave

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin is seen during the special remembrance ceremony at Croke Park to honour the 14 who died after crown forces  opened fire on Bloody Sunday, November 21st, 1920. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Moving ceremony honours 14 civilians who died as a result of 1920 massacre at grounds

Smith family 1911

Des Smith’s grandfather Thomas Smith was shot dead in the boarding house he owned

Lieut Peter Ames

Lieut-Colonel Hugh Montgomery was the highest ranked British agent to die, while Tipperary captain Michael Hogan was also captain (...)

Lieut Peter Ames

Lieut-Colonel Hugh Montgomery was the highest ranked British agent to die, while Tipperary captain Michael Hogan was also captain (...)

Lieut Peter Ames

32 people were killed on Bloody Sunday, or died later of wounds received that day

 Julianne McKeigue, a great-niece of Michael Hogan(photo on wall in background). Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The family of Bloody Sunday’s best known victim experienced another tragedy 21 years later

The Squad included Vinny Byrne (standing, left), a group of assassins assembled by Michael Collins

12 regular assassins were assisted by part-timers for ‘jobs’ including Bloody Sunday

Monument Valley is home to the Navajo Nation, who have been badly affected by coronavirus. Photograph: Eric Baradat/AFP

Navajo Nation say Irish generosity is the ‘good in all of the bad that is going on’

Jake Verrecchia representing Jerome O’Leary, who died on Bloody Sunday in 1920. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ceremony to take place on Saturday in a largely empty Croke Park due to Covid-19

A Mask Vendor getting ready to trade on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Paul Reid said teams are working behind the scenes to see why numbers have stalled

Michael Fitzgerald says his uncle’s shooting had a profound impact on his family

‘For me as a lawyer, murder is murder. I can’t see how he could possibly be a spy’

A spokesman for the President Michael D Higgins said Machnamh is the president’s biggest initiative this year and into early next year.

President’s biggest initiative of 2020 will reflect on the events of 100 years ago

OECD  states that public spaces defined as parks, restaurants, bars, cinemas, non-essential shops and services were closed in Ireland for 120 days. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Spring Covid-19 lockdown lasting 120 days by far the longest of any country in Europe

Prince Charles With Lord Mountbatten in 1979. File photograph: Tim Graham/Getty Images

Netflix drama takes liberties with facts and omits significant details, says biographer

Ardal O’Hanlon outside 28 Upper Pembroke Street where his grandfather was in action on Bloody Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Thanks to people like him, people like me don’t have to make such difficult decisions’

Conor Cronin and Eavan Atkinson, who is listed in the funeral notice as the young man’s soulmate and “fiancée-to-be”.

Conor Cronin hit his head after a fall while running for Movember charity

Between 80 and 90 per cent of cancer services were delivered as normal during the pandemic, but social distancing restrictions made it difficult to deliver a full service. Photograph: Getty Images

International recognition for Dublin institute to bring benefits to patients

The State’s Covid-19 reproduction rate is now close to 0.5

HSE: Ireland ‘almost best in class’ in Europe in tackling second wave of virus

Tony  Doherty, who died of Covid-19 within a fortnight of his parents, was from west Belfast and worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital (pictured) in the city. Image: Google Streetview.

Coronavirus disease claims three members of Doherty family from west Belfast

Simon Coveney said the Government had sought to recognise the veterans of siege by awarding a unit citation in 2016 and a specially commissioned Jadotville medal in 2017.

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney warns against politicisation of medal awards

The pandemic has seen “puppy inflation” with puppies going for between four and five times their pre-lockdown value in the spring and early summer.

Dogs Trust launches Christmas campaign highlighting new legislation

French president Charles de Gaulle (L) speaks with Irish president Éamon de Valera on  June 18th, 1969, during his visit in Ireland. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Documentary recalls the six weeks the French general spent here in 1969

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern whose father Con died in 1990. File image: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Con Ahern turned down for a pension despite involvement in War of Independence

Brian Coll made his name as a solo singer and as the frontman of such well-known Irish showbands as the Plattermen and the Buckaroos.

Singer could have been a huge star internationally, says friend Fr Brian Darcy

Simon Coveney said the election victory by Joe Biden (above) should help ensure ‘Irish issues are prioritised’ in the Brexit talks. Photograph: AP

Boris Johnson’s controversial Internal Market bill may face defeat in House of Lords

A lone passenger and a DAA staff member at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Can I go on holiday? Can people come home for Christmas? Will I be able to go on summer holidays?

Irish soldiers board a plane to leave Baldonnell airport for Congo as part of a UN peacekeeping mission on July 28th, 1960

Defence Forces head then said being killed is not a reason to get award

Some 87 cases were located in Dublin, followed by 62 in Cork, 41 in Mayo, and 37 in Galway. File photograph: The Irish Times

Public health emergency team’s Dr Mary Favier commends reduced contacts by young

Kevin Barry, who was executed 100 years ago this weekend

Síofra O’Donovan and Eunan O’Halpin discuss their biographies of their rebel ancestor

As a result of the pandemic, trick-or-treating has gone the way of many time-honoured activities which mark the seasons of the year. Photograph: iStock

Dr Tony Holohan tells children they can’t be moving from house-to-house this year

Julia O’Faolain in Dublin in 2013 for the launch of her memoir, Trespassers.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Best known for Booker-shortlisted No Country for Young Men and her memoir

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

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