Fr Colm Cantillon blessing the herd of cattle passing through Carron village on their way to the winterage pastures, recalling a centuries old tradition that is unique to the Burren. Photograph:  Eamon Ward

Hurling and uilleann piping also included in list of cultural activities unique to Ireland

A woman cools off in the fountain of the Trocadero esplanade in Paris on June 25th. Southern France experienced a national record of 45.9 degrees during the heatwave. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland likely to miss out on temperature extremes but conditions should be warm

Lisa Smith: ‘You can’t blame me for what the Islamic State done. I don’t hold the same beliefs as them.’ Photograph: BBC

Ex-member of Irish military went to Syria in 2015, where she is being held with her child

The missiles smashed the window of the bedroom at 1.30pm, a time when baby Saara Uddin usually had her afternoon nap.

Gardaí in Kildare investigating incident

Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons, Minister for Tourism Shane Ross and Joan O’Shaughnessy, chairman of Tourism Ireland. Mr Ross said the figures for 2019 to date have been excellent given the uncertainty in the global economy. Photograph:   Keith Arkins

Promotional body to press ahead with ambitious plans for Britain despite Brexit

High Island or Ardoilean lies off the west coast of Connemara, close to Claddaghduff and Inishbofin.

Island with centuries-old monastic settlement is on sale for €1.25 million

Patients’ representatives Lorraine Walsh and Stephen Teap. Photograph/Crispin Rodwell: The Irish Times

Minister for Health regrets the HSE did not tell him of delays in issuing results sooner

Brexit Party member and MEP Ann Widdecombe attends a debate on the last European summit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on July 4th. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Ann Widdecombe is latest exponent of the historical ignorance at heart of the Brexit disaster

The UCD Student and Sports Centre extensively used glue-laminated timber elements and timber teams in construction. File image: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Mass engineered timber already responsible for multi-storey wooden buildings in Europe

Owner Des Cooney: ‘If I had a euro for every photograph taken every day outside my shop, I’d be a rich man.’ Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Owner of shop popular with tourists says high rents and Luas to blame for move

 People enjoying Longitude Festival at Marlay Park on Friday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Bureau of consular affairs says three-day event at Marlay Park has ‘potential for violence’

Dr Gabriel Scally said the number of slides sent to laboratories used in the CervicalCheck programme could only be tracked through the billings systems of laboratories, not by their clinical registers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Scally tells Oireachtas committee of ‘real difficulties’ discovering which tests sent where

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US ambassador to Ireland Edward F Crawford at the ambassador’s residence in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New ambassador says Trump offered him foreign posting before presidential election

At one stage in the Late Late Show  interview, Mr Casey asked Ryan Tubridy if he had lost control of the audience, which included members of the Travelling community. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Body rules presenter Ryan Tubridy acted fairly during Late Late Show interview

Rent pressure zones are designated areas where rents cannot be increased by more than 4 per cent per annum. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Move is most significant expansion of zones since they were introduced – Eoghan Murphy

Limerick was the only one of three cities to vote in favour of a directly elected mayor in a recent local referendum held in May. Both Cork and Waterford rejected the proposal.

Limerick has chance to set example to rest of Ireland for what a mayor can do, says Senator

Sheep farmers protest in Athleague. Photograph: ICSA

Farmers ‘don’t know which way to turn for money’ over below cost of production price

There are fears of a ’cheddar mountain’ in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  Photograph: iStock

Manufacturers switching to other types of cheese to lessen dependency on UK market

Padraig Griffin at the launch online of his research, and that of other local historians,  marking the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

Retired teacher Padraig Griffin researched Leitrim natives killed in first World War

LE Eithne: The crews from it and LE Orla will be transferred to other vessels and all existing leave and study obligations will be honoured. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

LE Eithne and LE Orla decommissioned until staff and retention better, says commodore

The construction site of The National Children’s Hospital. Photograph:   The Irish Times.

Building unions say State losing revenue and workers being denied rights and safeguards

Anak, an Asian elephant at Dublin Zoo, enjoys a cooling shower from a keeper. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

France issues red weather alert with temperatures forecast to reach 44 degrees

The Irish Greyhound Board was warned two years ago that overbreeding was threatening the future of the industry and that the whereabouts of 6,000 pups per year was unknown. Image: iStock.

Confidential 2017 report to industry body only made public after RTÉ documentary

One of the cars involved in a collision on the M50. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Incident closes two lanes of section of northbound motorway, hugh tailbacks result

 Children play under water jets in a fountain as they cool off during a heatwave in Nice in the south of France. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Met Éireann says 28 degree temperatures recorded in Shannon, Valentia and Cork

About 6,000 greyhounds are killed each year because they failed to make qualification times or their performances declined. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

RTÉ Investigates find thousands of greyhounds killed annually over performances

Met Éireann has issued a hot weather warning with temperatures expected to reach 28 degrees on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Met Éireann issues warning for six counties in west and south of the State

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has defended co-living, describing the concept as ‘exciting’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bord Pleanála says proposed 222 units would fail to provide acceptable living environment

Mark Menezes, US under-secretary of energy, with China’s Zhang Yong   at the Global Conference on Energy Efficiency in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Mark Menezes says Ireland should switch to liquified natural gas (LNG) and nuclear

Jeff Olsen and Anna Lisa Van Bloem from Utah celebrate their marriage on the Hill of Tara. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Jeff Olsen and Anna Lisa Van Bloem were captivated by the location three years ago

Swimmers  dive off rocks at the Forty-Foot in Dublin.  Photograph: Dave Meehan for the Irish Times

Saharan Outbreak is set to drive temperatures over 40 degrees in parts of Europe

 Brothers and sisters John Paul, Ann-Marie, Bridget(wife), Mary Theresa, and Thomas Delaney, all relatives of William Delaney can be seen close to the rock of Dunamase in Co.Laois Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times

Gardaí believe he was killed in Co Laois by a person known to him over a personal matter

Ireland’s first space strategy  aims to double  space-related revenue and employment in space-active Irish companies and to support 100 companies to benefit from ESA engagement. Photograph: Nasa/New York Times

Sector worth €500 million a year to get bigger as new opportunities arise

“Jack would not move for anybody until he saw Pat was in the ambulance.” Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Rescued pup becomes internet sensation after helping gardaí locate injured man

There will be a significant change in the weather on Saturday night with the appearance of an unusual weather system which will see a slow moving low pressure system settle to the south of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Highs of 24 degrees next week will be accompanied by torrential downpours

Lord Paul Bew said: “A new, modern case for the union must be developed, based on the principle of consent.” Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Paul Bew says new British PM must highlight the ‘intellectual weakness’ of a united Ireland

It is estimated that 1,379,576 work days are lost to asthma each year in Ireland. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty

Asthma Society of Ireland says many deaths and hospitalisations could be prevented

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour, the Green Party and Social Democrats  stated that State-owned land in Dublin must be used for public housing, and that Dublin City Council should lead the development of such land. File photograph: Getty

Newly elected council members to appoint night mayor to develop nocturnal city culture

Gardaí discovered this cash box buried in the ground with €9,000 inside. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Detectives recover box containing €9,000 buried a metre below surface in Co Dublin

Dave Mustaine of Megadeath: “I’ve faced obstacles before.” Photograph: JP Yim/Getty Images

Guitarist who was fired by Metallica says disease needs to be faced head on

Gerry Taylor. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Gerry Taylor has not been seen since May 25th

The M7 is being widened from two to three lanes on a 13.6km stretch between Naas and Newbridge between Junction 8 (Johnstown) and Junction 11 where the M7 and M9 merge. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Part of long-awaited €120m upgrade aims to reduce congestion on route into Dublin

A man in his 50s has been killed in a road traffic accident in on Clonmeen Cross Road near Rhode Village in Co Offaly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brian

Victim is the 73rd person to die on Irish roads to date this year

Martin Mulligan outside his shop in Athlone.

Garage owner accuses insurance industry of exploiting small businesses

The long term forecast is for the changeable showery conditions to continue into the middle of next week. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Met Éireann predicts further changeable weather until middle of next week

Charles de Gaulle and  Eamon de Valera at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

After his resignation as French president 50 years ago the general visited Sneem

Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons said the North America market continues to perform very strongly with visitor and revenue numbers up by over 10 per cent, but it is offset by falls in revenue elsewhere.

Revenue down 4 per cent despite a substantial increase in visitor numbers

David Donoghue (right) with his good friend Peter “Rocky” Donnelly.

Peter Donnelly said drugs had been his life and he had to go abroad to seek treatment

President Michael D. Higgins greets Gérard Larcher, president of the Senate of France, at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Ireland earned independence through suffering and ‘without giving up’, says Larcher

Rainy conditions are set to prevail over Ireland, particularly the east coast, until early next week. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

More rain has fallen in first 12 days of this month than in all of June and July last year

Peter McGuinness at home in Dundalk, Co Louth

Irish men played an important part in the Normandy landings despite Irish neutrality

Salvage teams working  to retrieve debris from the wreckage of Air France flight 447 off the coast of Brazil in  2009.  Source: Forca Aerea Brasileira via Bloomberg News

Jane Deasy, Aisling Butler and Eithne Walls all died in mid-Atlantic disaster

Rain will spread in from west and most parts of the country will be wet on Saturday evening. File Photograph: Alan Betson

Yellow weather warning in place for the west of Ireland on Friday

Metallica: the veteran US heavy-metal band are on their WorldWired tour. Photograph: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty

More than 10% of crowd travelling from overseas to see heavy-metal band perform

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a public interview in the Royal Irish Academy conducted by journalist Dearbhail McDonald.

Threats of rape and misogyny on social media are ‘really pernicious’

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House during her visit to Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Scottish first minister does not rule out Scotland-Northern Ireland bridge

Veteran Gerry Dolan re-elected after close finish

The conditions on the puppy farm in Co Carlow were described as squalid by an ISPCA chief inspector. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Hundreds of dogs and horses rescued in €59,000 operation which took nine days

Elysha Brennan at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland: ‘I’m in such a blessed position because I know what it is like to have it all taken away from you.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

How Elysha Brennan beat sickness to graduate top of class at Royal College of Surgeons

The average cost of a monthly public transport ticket in Dublin is €114.95. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Global survey of cities shows Dublin performing poorly in many areas

The late Michael Lynch celebrating an election with supporters. Photograph: Paul McCabe/Meath Chronicle

Michael Lynch epitomised the best of FF’s commitment to community politics – Martin

Gardaí raided the house in Dublin following a tip-off.

Officers raided a home in Ballyfermot, Co Dublin, following a tip-off

Aintree Grand National winner Tiger Roll at the homecoming in Summerhill,  Co Meath. Pictured are trainer Gordon Elliott, Michael O’Leary and his wife Anita with their children Zac and Tiana holding the Cup. Photograph: Óisín Keniry

Ryanair chief set to join quiet revolution in fatherhood, ongoing for the last 50 years

Painter James Morton who is 100 years old today.

Aviation enthusiast was born 25 days before first non-stop transatlantic flight ended in Clifden

The wedding photograph of Dan Breen shows him with his Luger pistol on his lap. With him is his wife, Bridget Malone. In background: Seán Hogan and Bridget’s sister, Áine Malone.

Irishman's Diary: Action may have saved Seán Hogan from execution, but came at terrible price

Locals re-enact the Knocklong rescue on the streets of the Co Limerick village on Thursday night

Martin Mansergh praises courage of the old IRA during the War of Independence

Members of the public tend to the injured following the detonation of a bomb on Talbot Street in Dublin in May 1974. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

‘We were clear in our call for urgency in the progressing of this matter,’ says Government

An April 2015 file photograph shows Mount Everest in the background and the Nupse-Lohtse massif in the foreground. Photograph: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

There is a fatality rate of 6.5 per cent of climbers who attempt to summit

File photograph of British army intelligence officer Robert Nairac

Senior figure in Disappeared commission says no collusion evidence

Met Éireann is forecasting a mixed weekend of sunny spells and showers. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Spells of sunshine are forecast despite the weather turning cooler than of late

Seamus Lawless (39) was a part of an eight-member climbing expedition when he went missing after he reportedly fell. Photograph: Seamus Lawless/Facebook

Company that organised climb says the search has become a recovery operation

A photograph showing Niall Bowditch and Kasper Kacprzak from a GoFundMe page set up for their families

Pair died after plane crashed in Co Offaly bog in May last year

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  ‘We appreciate and understand that the beef price is very low and the cost of production is now exceeding the price that farmers can get from the factories.’ Photograph: Collins

Package worth €100m agreed for Irish beef farmers ‘hammered’ by Brexit uncertainty

Fr Michael Guckian (81): ‘without a doubt helped to shape the lives of many Christian and Muslims through his teachings’

Fr Michael Guckian was killed in a Co Roscommon hit-and-run incident last weekend

‘National reputation’: Richard III, staged by Druid, whose director, Garry Hynes, pointed out the arts’ contribution to Ireland’s standing

Arts Council budget still 10% lower than it was in 2007, according to The Arts Matter report

Just seven per cent of Irish shoppers are influenced by influencers. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Just 7 per cent of Irish shoppers cite influencers as a factor in their purchases

One person in 10 in Britain is having sleeping problems over Brexit, 20 per cent were reporting anxiety and a similar number were reporting family conflict over the issue. Photograph: iStock

‘It has real consequences for people’s well-being and mental health,’ Professor says

 GAA president John Horan: “We hope everyone sees a place for themselves in the GAA and will join us for this service.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Protestants welcome within organisation, says GAA president John Horan

Lt Hugh Conor McDowell (24) with his mother Susan Flanigan. Photograph: Facebook.

Lt Conor McDowell (24) fatally injured when vehicle overturned in California

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson  lays a wreath at the annual Daniel O’Connell Commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetery which was followed by a forum on  Ireland post-Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish and British governments planning to re-start talks before Lyra McKee’s death – MP

Among those who worked on the railway were thousands of post-Famine Irish emigrants. File photograph: Getty

Ambassador to attend ceremony marking 150 years to the day transport route finished

Theresa May has announced a year-long Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for 2022. Photograph: PA

Influential British think tank says proposed Festival of Great Britain in 2022 will not work across UK

Carriage drivers go  to Government Buildings to deliver an open letter to Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Drivers claim Dublin City Council and Garda are failing to tackle rogue operators

Bee campaigners outside the Department of Agriculture. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

European Commission urged to act decisively to halt decline of bee population

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte walk along the parliament in The Hague, Netherlands,  prior to the Summit in Sibiu. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach and Dutch PM Mark Rutte ‘strongly believe’ tax is for members states

Among those present at the committee were Derry woman Emma de Souza. She wants to exercise a European Union right to bring her American-born husband, Jake (left), to live with her in Derry. File photograph: Emma de Souza

Academic says Belfast Agreement being disrespected on a ‘sustained basis’

Hannah Lemass: “It’s not a surprise that I would have a strong sense of civic responsibility given my family’s connections to politics.” Photograph: Brian Crehan

Surname is ‘great conversation starter on the doorsteps’, says Hannah Lemass

The save Moore Street campaign joins hands to mark the 10th anniversary of the Arms Around Moore Street protest. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Survey backs State and developer’s line that a number of the buildings not there at time

Siobhán Hegarty: Visitors to Moore Street are getting robbed, they are getting abused. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Site where where 1916 leaders surrendered a national monument

Ruby Wax (centre) with Gelong Thubten (left) and Ashish Ranpura

Wax has co-opted a monk and a neuroscientist to explain how our brains work

Last year almost 5,000 Irish people applied for a free interrail pass, and 314 were successful. Photograph: Getty Images

DiscoverEU programme offers train tickets for 18-year-olds to explore Europe

Children as young as six are riding off-road vehicles on public paths and roads

A copy of the letter written to the Sunday Independent Dear Patricia column by Patrick Quirke in 2011.

Quirke wrote to the Dear Patricia column three months before he killed Bobby Ryan

 Bluebells at Avondale House, Co Wicklow. The bank holiday weather is expected to be cool but pleasant. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Temperatures could fall to freezing at night as cold air crosses the country

The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife: a detail from Daniel Maclise’s vast painting. Copyright National Gallery of Ireland

Invasion on May 1st, 1169, constituted one of the most significant events in Irish history

The Flanders Fields Memorial in Dublin  is across from Christchurch Cathedral. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Garden honours Irishmen who fought to ‘restore liberties’ says Flemish politician

A researcher on the report said opportunities must be created for young people that take them away from drugs. File photograph:  Rick Wilking/Reuters

Drug dealing seen as lucrative option by young people in insecure job market says report

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