Mayoman  Sheamus Heneghan: Nursing home staff played his  own CD, Caught in the Surf: Sheamus Heneghan and Family, as he slipped away.

‘Covid was a blessing for Sheamus,’ says wife Catherine, of her beloved husband who had dementia

JP of Durkan’s Butchers in Louisburgh: “When we have the Dubs down,” he says, “they do spend a lot of money.” Photograph: Peter Murtagh

‘We don’t have a problem with people coming in... if they play by the rules’

Lives Lost: Tommy Cawley 1949 -2021

Tommy was a kind, gentle, friendly and compassionate person and a great neighbour

Wayne Hurst of Hurst Heating and Plumbing Supplies in Castlebar, with some of the wood-burning stoves which have been selling well following the bituminous coal ban. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Slight improvement in air quality in Mayo town follows bituminous coal ban

The surge in Covid-19 cases following Christmas hit the county particularly hard, says Catherine Donohue, manager of Mayo University Hospital. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

For the staff of Mayo University Hospital, the third wave of Covid-19 has been particularly tough

Giselle Costa, originally from Brazil, is pictured in Gort, Co Galway. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Most accept tougher quarantining rules are necessary despite the hardship they bring

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home in Galway. Photograph: Carson/PA Wire

Council ‘fully committed’ to providing survivors with access to archives and records

Blacksod Lighthouse on the Belmullet peninsula, Co Mayo. The Belmullet electoral area has the highest rate of Covid-19 in the State. Photograph: iStock

‘There is a sense of quiet terror’: Belmullet paying high price for festive celebrations

Members of the Blewitt family in Knockmore, Co Mayo, third   cousins of US president Joe Biden,  watching  the inauguration ceremony in Washington. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Display of US flags in Ballina from facades and in shop windows testimony to enthusiasm

Dublin Port’s system of streaming vehicles through the checks, while gardaí checked identities and ensured Covid tracking locator forms had been filled in, is working smoothly. File photograph: Alan Betson

Extremely low volumes arriving from UK but numbers expected to rise later in week

Radoslav Radev and his healthcare load from Belgium was refused entry to Holyhead Port because of inadequate, post-Brexit papers. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

While a trucker falls foul of red tape, Brexit backers ‘almost euphoric’ on seminal occasion

Waiting game: Holyhead Port freight check in on Thursday. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Ulysses has capacity for 1,342 cars but only about 50 present on Thursday

Martin McVicar, co-founder and CEO CombiLift in the Monaghan factory. ‘We have controls in place.’ Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

Deal or no deal, Silverhill Foods, Postwest and CombiLift are prepped for January

Denis O’Brien: The data commissioner’s investigation is linked to a long-running legal action by Mr O’Brien against Red Flag. Photograph: Collins Courts

Ruling states that Dropbox unlawfully shared data with Denis O’Brien’s solicitors

Alan O’Grady, skipper of the Sea Sprinter, one of two ferries his family runs between Clare Island pier and Roonagh pier, Co Mayo. Photograph: Conor McKeown

The lockdown means the ferry from Roonagh pier near Louisburgh will bring no one out to the island who doesn’t live there

A Chilean health ministry official takes the temperature passengers on the flight out of Punta Arenas. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Coronavirus lockdown: Biker accepts defeat for now as borders slam shut across the region

Peter Murtagh  on his motorbike. He is on a six-month journey travelling from from Patagonia to Alaska. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In part three of his travelogue, Peter Murtagh finds his progress impeded by a military checkpoint

Peter Murtagh at the end of the road in southern Chile. Photograph: Marcia

In part two of his travelogue, Peter Murtagh tries to finds a way out of southern Chile

 Peter Murtagh who will do a 6 month trip on his motorbike from Patagonia to Alaska. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

New series: Peter Murtagh’s odyssey gets off to a shuddering start in the age Covid-19

Andrew McGinley at the funeral Mass of his children Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley in the Church of The Holy Family, in Rathcoole, Co Dublin this morning. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Andrew McGinley thanks emergency services, neighbours and those who brought joy to his children’s lives

Politicians on the steps of St Paul’s Church on West Street in Drogheda during a protest march over drug-related violence in the town. Photograph: PA

Lord Mayor says to those involved in drugs: ‘There is no place for you to live among us’

 Clare Turner and her dog Ranger from Dun Laoghaire say goodbye to Larry Gogan after   funeral mass at the Church of St Pius X, Templeogue. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

RTÉ DJ was the ‘coolest Dad and Grandad’ who brought happiness wherever he went

The sale of the Luggala property  sparked intense interest from a host of wealthy international buyers, amid calls for the State to buy it to add to Wicklow National Park. File photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Sale would have caused ‘great pain’ if home of late Garech Browne had gone into wrong hands

Fed up with conventional life? You could always swap your home for a camper van

Suspended Ballaghaderreen solicitor Declan O’Callaghan arriving at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in Smithfield, Dublin, earlier this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Disciplinary tribunal reveals damning list of reasons solicitor came under scrutiny

Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, watch as the coffin of the celebrated broadcaster Gay Byrne, is carried into St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Priest says broadcaster was ‘veritable choirmaster’ of national conversation

Ballaghaderreen-based solicitor   Declan O’Callaghan arrives at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in Smithfield, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Tribunal orders Ballaghaderreen man to pay €10,000 into Law Society compensation fund

Kevin Lunney was kidnapped, beaten and brutalised, his leg broken,  and his neck and chest slashed with a Stanley knife in a frenzied attack. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Colleagues are reflecting on the Quinn executive’s suffering – and the risks they now face

Members of the  Garda Armed Support Unit are in Cavan following the kidnapping and torture of  Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) executive Kevin Lunney. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Deputy Commissioner says attack on Kevin Lunney was ‘outrageous,’ something ‘we won’t tolerate’

PSNI officers at the laneway at Kinawley in Co Fermanagh where Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney was abducted   on Tuesday. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

Quinn Industrial Holdings staff given warning after ‘life-changing’ assault on Kevin Lunney

The laneway where Kevin Lunney was abducted is cordoned off by PSNI. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker

The dozen attackers have strong links to republican groups involved in extortion

PSNI officers at the laneway at Kinawley in Co Fermanagh where Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney was abducted   on Tuesday. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

QIH chief operations officer believed to have been held in a horsebox, investigators believe

Keith Branigan’s remains are carried from the Holy Family Church in Drogheda after his funeral Mass. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Mourners pay tribute to ‘bubbly’ Keith Branigan who was shot dead last month

Former INM chief executive Gavin O’Reilly, who says that when he learned recently which of his emails had been compromised by the hacking, he felt ‘sick and disgusted’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Document lodged in High Court also claims hacking involved a search for journalists’ sources

Cunningham believes the Irish medieval experience of the journey to Santiago shows how much this seafaring nation was connected in the Middle Ages to mainstream European spirituality.

Bernadette Cunningham’s scholarly work on Irish Santiago links is hugely readable

Clon Bryn, Kinlen Road, The Burnaby, Greystones, Co Wicklow

Five-bedroom semi in The Burnaby with large garden and a granny flat attached

Donegal businessman Jim Ferry  has been jailed for nine weeks by the High Court. File image: Collins Courts

Jim Ferry appeared for the 14th time before Justice Barrett over Rossbracken dumping

Donegal businessman Jim Ferry:  Planning to run in the forthcoming local elections. Photograph: Collins Courts

Number crunching lifts the lid on Donegal businessman’s refuse and recycling firms

An Air Corps helicopter at the Wicklow Gap during the search and rescue of a light aircraft that crashed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Less than half required pilots available for fixed-wing planes, with some lost to public sector

Denis O’Brien had 28 days to lodge an appeal, a period that expired on Monday. File image: Collins Courts

Businessman took unsuccessful action against ‘Sunday Business Post’ over articles

The committee will also be addressed by the Alliance for Insurance Reform, which says insurance costs are “crippling”

Some lawyers encouraging false claims, says business body

 Pádraig Ó hUiginn, pictured in 2000, served as secretary-general at the department of the taoiseach during times of significant political turbulence. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Businessman and ex-Bord Fáilte chairman was held in high esteem by Denis O’Brien

 Since becoming involved in 2015, Irish Naval Service personnel have rescued more than 18,000 people. Photograph: David Jones

Mediterranean rescue mission tested training and boosted pay

Former INM CEO Gavin O’Reilly.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gavin O’Reilly and Karl Brophy expected to sue INM for alleged breach of privacy

The High Court  found Ian Butler’s assertions to be unbelievable and, on the first day of this month, his case was thrown out for a second time. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Aviva clocked up bill close to €20,000 in defending action, legal sources suggest

Crew from the Irish Navy ship LE Eithne rescuing 12 people from a small boat in  the Mediterranean in 2015. File Photograph: Irish Defence Forces/PA Wire

Rise in anti-immigrant sentiment at the root of decision, according to diplomats

Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett has been Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces since 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Vice-Admiral Mark Mellet emphasises need for co-operation to safeguard State security

Richie Ryan’s children  Aoife, Declan and Blathnaid at the late Fine Gael politician’s funeral in Mount Merrion, Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Former Fine Gael minister for finance and MEP died on Sunday aged 90

Members of the Theatrical Cavaliers Cricket Club form guard of honour as the remains of actor Pat Laffan are carried out of St Michael’s church following his funeral Mass in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Actor and director who appeared in Father Ted remembered as lovable curmudgeon

 Floral tributes have been arriving at the Mosque on Dublin’s South Circular Road after the atrocity in New Zealand. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Several incidents of intimidation and abuse directed against Muslim women recorded

 Sabina Higgins meets Hanan Amer at the Amal women’s association event celebrating International Women’s Day, at the Dublin Mosque, on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin Mosque event marks International Woman’s Day with visit from Sabina Higgins

Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe greets members of the Defence Foirces at the commissioning ceremony of the 10th Potential Officers Course to the rank of officer at the Printworks in Dublin Castle on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The 23 men and one woman had enlisted in lowest ranks of Army, Naval Service and Air Corps

Members of 59th Infantry Group take part in a mission-readiness exercise at Coolmoney camp in Co Wicklow as they prepare for deployment to Syria. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Unexpected offer by Department of Defence takes senior military command by surprise

Christiane Lambert, president of French farmers’ body FNSEA, who is ‘betting on the intelligence of politicians’ to engineer a soft Brexit. Photograph: Tom Honan

IFA and French counterparts demonstrate support for Barnier’s withdrawal agreement

Police forensic officers at Glin Ree Court in Newry, Co Down, where the bodies of a man, a woman and a teenage girl were discovered in a flat on Thursday morning. Phototgraph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘It is a terrible tragedy. The entire community is in shock,’ says councillor

Police outside  Glin Ree Court in Newry, Co Down, where the bodies of a man, a woman and a teenage girl were discovered on Thursday.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

It is believed locally in Newry that three deaths are a murder-suicide

The funeral of former deputy chief constable for Greater Manchester Police John Stalker at St Peter’s Church in Lymm, Cheshire.

Officer who led shoot-to-kill inquiry in North courageous, single-minded, mourners told

The remains of  Eamon Kavanagh  are driven to the cemetery  after his funeral Mass at St Lazarian’s church, Drumphea, Co Carlow. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Symbols of a life cut cruelly short speak of an active young man – a riding helmet, a GAA shirt and a boxing glove

The scene near the Nine Stones area where a car crash occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning. Photograph: Alan Betson

Driver Eamon Kavanagh (16) believed to have died instantly when vehicle hit wall

Troops at a military centre in Mali during a visit by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: The Defence Forces

Several attackers killed as anti-western forces in Mali target training facility

The funeral of John ‘Whacker’ Humphrey. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

John Humphrey was a founder of vigilante group Concerned Parents against Drugs

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh will be the guest speaker at a GAA seminar on health and wellbeing for older people  in the Longford Arms Hotel in Longford on March 11th. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Family, friends and community involvement are key to longevity, study on ageing finds

When it comes to dairy produce, such as milk, yogurt and cheese most people who took part in the Tilda study were having just 2.1 servings daily while  three servings a day is recommended.

One in four people deficient in Vitamin D during winter months, Tilda study finds

Members of the Fingal Battalion Direct Action Group.outside Minister for Health Simon Harris’s house last weekend. Photograph: Facebook

‘We’re protesting to let [Simon Harris] feel what it’s like, to be affected in his own home’

Newly engaged couple Emer Duffy from Rathfarnham, Dublin and Killian Casey from Ballyboden, Rathfarnham at the shrine of St Valentine in the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Whitefriar Street, Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Relics of the third-century martyr and symbol of courtly love draws in the crowds

New recruits: Ollie O’Connor of the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel said when they joined up, they were young fit men and women. ‘They didn’t put up their hands to become homeless veterans.’ Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Organisation representing Defence Forces personnel says protest is a ‘symbolic act’

 Northway Mushrooms’ operations manager Elaine Shaw at the company’s new £25 million compost facility in Tyrone.  Photograph:  Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Brexit ‘an opportunity’ if it means less Polish imports to UK, says NI mushroom company

 Charlie and Maureen, parents of Orla Church,   leaving the church at Donnycarney, Dublin, surrounded by family members, nieces and nephews. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Mourners told even when it was too late to change her fate, she helped create new health guidelines

“The worst-case scenario is a hard border, and people won’t accept that.” Frank Brady at his pig farm in Cootehill, Co Cavan. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

The absence of clarity on the nitty-gritty details is causing anxiety for Border businesses

Gyproc repeated its apology to locals for the disruption caused by the land collapse at the local community centre and Magheracloone Mitchells GAA pitch. Photograph: Pat Byrne

Minister of State Seán Canney says no need for an independent inquiry into subsidence

The insurance industry estimates that at least €50 of every motor insurance policy is consumed by fraud. Photograph:  Getty Images

Gardaí say unlicensed middle men have diverted €23m away from insurance firms

On Tuesday, Declan  O’Callaghan applied for a hearing, set for January 24th, to be adjourned. Photograph:  Collins

Tom Fleming complained about Declan O’Callaghan to the tribunal in May 2010

Court hears that Criminal Assets Bureau had raided premises associated with Jim Ferry

“There’s no accountability”: Geraldine Ward, a Drumgossett resident affected by the Gyproc subsidence, outside her home. Photograph: Pat Byrne

Families displaced from their Magheracloone homes by subsidence want solutions

Tony Kelly of the HSE’s motorcycle response unit: Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Total of 149 killed to date compares with 157 killed on roads in 2017

At present, there are 650 personnel serving abroad, the bulk of them (462) deployed with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon. Photograph: Alan Betson

In Ireland, the Army conducted nearly 200 operations at request of An Garda Síochána

Declan O’Callaghan, of Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, was suspended in July by the High Court. Photograph: Collins

Declan O’Callaghan pressured client who faced losing her home as a result of unpaid funds

A community has shown real Christmas spirit by raising more than €5,000 to pay for  the funeral of a much-loved local resident, Margaret Lang, who died alone last week. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Co Meath community raises funds to give Margaret Lang (58) a funeral

Declan O Callaghan, of Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, leaving the Four Courts. A court heard on Wednesday that Mr O’Callaghan’s professional fate would be decided by two cases against him yet to be heard by a tribunal. Photograph: Collins

Roscommon solicitor and his wife stand to lose all their property, including family home

Four Ford Transit vans lay burned out following Sunday night’s violence at the property in Strokestown. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Taoiseach condemns ‘violent actions of vigilantes’ against security guards at the house

“Panes of glass had been smashed outwards and shards littered the path around the building. Net curtains billowed through the shattered windows.”   Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Broken glass and burnt-out vehicles bear witness to violent confrontations

Declan Ganley argues that Denis O’Brien’s assertion of conspiracy against him “has not been properly particularised, has not been distinguished from defamation and is bound to fail”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Action is statute barred, abuse of process and vexatious, Galway businessman argues

Solicitor Declan O Callaghan. Photograph: Collins Courts

Law Society moves to freeze bank accounts of Ballaghaderreen-based Declan O’Callaghan

John Bruton,   speculated on an 8 per cent fall in GDP in the UK after Brexit, together with serious inflation and unemployment that would lead to “deep bitterness, alienation and anger that will go on and on in future generations”.

By leaving the EU after 40 years’ of membership, Britain is destroying part of itself

Declan O’Callaghan has been suspended by the High Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Roscommon practice is at centre of claims of money being taken from client accounts

Former minister for communications Denis Naughton. Neither he nor David McCourt  were asked for written statements by  auditor Peter Smith. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Process auditor questioned about his National Broadband Plan investigation

Br Kevin Crowley at the ceremony in Leinster House with Fr Peter Rodgers; Regina Campbell and Br Sean Donohoe. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Driving force behind Capuchin Day Centre is fourth recipient of Human Dignity Award

Insurance companies estimate that €50 of every annual motor premium relates to bogus claims and the legal cost of fighting them. Photograph: Frank Miller

Poll finds deep support for penal measures against dishonest claims and facilitators

Pastor David Bell of Mountain Lodge Pentecostal Church who survived the Darkley massacre. “We have peace and comfort knowing that those who died were in right standing and are in God’s presence now.”  Photograph: Liam McBurney

Thirty-five years ago, Republican gunmen massacred worshippers at a church in Darkley, Co Armagh

Presenters Joe Duffy and Ronan Collins, and singer Tony Kenny pictured at the funeral of  Sonny Knowles at St Agnes’s Church, Crumlin, Dublin.  Photograph: Collins.

Entertainers bid farewell to man whose ‘life was happiness, music and sing-along’

Under the Irish initiative, participating countries of the EU would be able to commit to a UN mission on a time-limited basis. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Initiative by Minister of State aims to increase EU participation in UN missions

Members of the Emergency Response Unit treat a ‘victim’  during Operation Barracuda Major Emergency Training Exercise, at DCU, Dublin on Friday night. Photograph:   Colin Keegan, Collins

Operation Barracuda sees Garda, army, fire and ambulance services working together

Chief of Staff, Defence Forces: Vice Admiral Mark Mellett. Photograph: Collins

Chief of Staff says he has ‘unique’ perspective to give Pay Commission

Rows of bikers line the street as the remains of David Boland, who died after he was stabbed on Halloween night, are carried from the Sacred Heart Church, Nurney, Co. Kildare to the local cemetery. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins.

Kildare church ‘crammed’ for farewell to David Boland

The rear of the Renault Megan car allegedly damaged in the €180,000 dismissed personal injury claim.

€180,000 was sought by the driver and the two passengers of car

Declan O’Callaghan, the senior solicitor and principal of Kilrane O’Callaghan, Ballaghaderreen’s best-known and largest legal practice. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Family seeks answers from Law Society after solicitor retained portion of €5.2m award

Judge James O’Donoghue, sitting in Naas Circuit Court, said he believed a crash had occurred. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taxi driver involved in Kildare incident also contradicted plaintiffs’ version of events

Davy Byrnes pub: the Dublin business comes with a 900-year lease. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Famous Dublin pub, on Duke Street, is the go-to watering hole on Bloomsday

Eamon Devlin of Dev-Oil on Concession Road. Photograph: Alan Betson

For just 6km, the road from Castleblayney to Dundalk dips into Northern Ireland

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