Trinity College Dublin librarian and college archivist Helen Shenton with Prof Rachel Moss, head of history of art and architecture at Trinity, with the Book of Durrow. Photograph: Trinity College Dublin

Priceless 7th-century manuscript inspired the Book of Kells a century later

The President receives a commemorative silver Rory Gallagher coin commissioned by the Central Bank, above, with Rory Gallagher’s brother Dónal. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Rock star represents a ‘creative, artistic freedom-loving country’, says Michael D Higgins

Members of Club Rossie at the Royal Canal Park Development in Ashtown, Dublin 15, where they are raffling off a house.

Club Rossie hopes to raise €1.5 million from the raffle of a €425,000 house in Ashtown

Nursing home beds ‘might not materialise where they are needed’

Fair Deal rates will need to be reviewed if supply is to meet demand, expert says

A computer-generated image of the proposed Mountjoy Square Park redevelopment. Image: Dublin City Council report

Council wants to restore Mountjoy Square to how it looked in 1837

The man was left destitute because it was judged he was not eligible for social welfare payments. Photograph: iStock

Free legal aid centre says significant unmet need in relation to housing and homelessness

The digital age of consent has recently been set at 16. File photograph: Getty Images

One-third of children accessing age-inappropriate games on internet, survey reveals

CyberSafeIreland research suggests  41 per cent of eight and nine-year-olds are playing over-18s games which are frequently violent and inappropriate.  Photograph: Getty Images

Nearly 70% of 8-13 year olds are on social media despite digital consent age

Surveys have repeatedly shown that the number of Irish children able to speak a second language is well below the EU norm. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Surveys show the number of Irish children able to speak a second language well below the EU norm

Danielle McLaughlin (28) was raped and murdered in India last year. Her mother wrote to the Taoiseach asking for a meeting. But she received a reply that it “was not possible and indeed probably not worthwhile” for her to meet Mr Varadkar.

‘I felt she was nothing ... That’s the way I have been treated by the Irish Government’

The Rescue 116 helicopter was dispatched from Dublin Airport and was on the scene at 5.15pm. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Child (12) taken to hospital by helicopter when lifeboat could not reach him

Ray Bassett, a former Irish envoy to Canada, says there is room for an Irish Eurosceptic party because those concerned about the EU are not represented by the mainstream parties. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The new Irish Eurosceptic grouping will be officially launched in Dublin on Saturday

State Pathologist: Marie Cassidy (centre) is to retire after 14 years in the role. Photograph: Alan Betson

First woman in role called sense of humour vital in ‘grim world’ of forensic pathology

Raymond McElroy pictured with the antlers and skull of a Great Irish Elk, taken up today by a net in Lough Neagh. Photograph: Ardboe Gallery, Facebook

Magnificent animal roamed the country 7,000 years ago and then died out

The Republic of Ireland team during a training session at the Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s Uefa Nations League matches are not on list of protected sports events

Gardaí are investigating the incident which occurred at the Airside Retail Park, Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Gardaí investigating incident which occurred in Swords on Sunday

The Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare. Photograph: Getty Images

Visitors spend in Ireland is up by 8.5% on the same period in 2017

 Cooling down, people pictured enjoying the summer heatwave on Portmarnock Strand. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Many parts of Ireland had the driest and sunniest summer for more than 20 years

Ryan Tubridy: We think it’s time to say ‘no matter what happens with Brexit, we’re always going to be friends’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Programme aims to celebrate cultural links between Britain and Ireland despite Brexit

Six-metre-high installation was offered by organisers who flew it in London during Trump’s UK visit

I had not been to Knock for decades. After the pope’s visit, I planned to mooch around the village to see what memories it would stir up. I never expected it to be emotional. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/Getty Images

Revisiting Knock wrenched me back to a more innocent age

Pope Francis during his visit to Dublin last Saturday. The group expected a half an hour maximum, but the pope heard them out for an hour and a half. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

‘It was robust’ – eight survivors of clerical abuse met the pope at papal nuncio’s home

Áras an Uachtaráin  said President Michael D Higgins would make a statement about his election campaign arrangements when he lodges his nomination papers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Businessman Peter Casey joins fellow TV ‘dragons’ in race to secure nomination

Peter Casey (60) on the set of ‘Dragons’ Den’, RTÉ

Businessman and former ‘Dragons’ Den’ investor seeks presidential nomination

Declan Rice is of Irish descent through his father Séan, whose parents Margaret and Jack are from Douglas in Co Cork. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Choosing a country to play for is a complex issue for second- or third-generation Irish

Summer in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Temperatures are set to reach 20 degrees during a period of warm, settled weather

Peter Casey is third businessman from Dragons’ Den to seek a nomination to stand in the election.

Dragons’ Den investor becomes 11th potential candidate

 Under current plans the date of the inauguration on November 11th clashes with the centenary anniversary of Armistice Day, the ending of World War One.   Photograph: Frank Miller

Taoiseach spokesman says he is ‘committed’ to marking Armistice

Garda car after hitting horse in Limerick. Photograph: GRA/Twitter

One officer sustains a broken arm and cuts to head after incident on N18 in Limerick

Day release patient Paul De Ferreira who fell from his quad bike, with his father Ronnie Spadaccini at their home in Clondalkin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Paul De Ferreira has been unable to move to a community facility because of funding

Philomena Lee: “I do pray within my heart that something good will come out of this. It was so awful.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Woman whose story inspired the film ‘Philomena’ met the pontiff in 2014

Pope Francis lights a candle as he visits the Knock shrine on Sunday. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/Pool photo via AP

Despite the rain, thousands turn out to greet the pope at the Marian Shrine

Clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, a former member of the Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors, met Pope Francis on Saturday along with other surviours of clerical abuse. Photograph: AFP

Pontiff used the Spanish word in a meeting with survivors of clerical sex abuse

Norah Casey chaired the discussion on domestic violence  during the World Meeting of Families at the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

World Meeting of Families heard clergy were complicit in blaming victims for abuse

There wasn’t even standing room for the cookery demonstration at the World Meeting of Families by Fr Leo Patalinghug, known to his fans as Fr Leo Feeds. Photgraph: Ronan McGreevy

Filipino-American priest draws capacity crowd to his cookery demonstration

Michael Palin will talk about his new book Erebus: The Story of a Ship. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

Broadcaster will discuss disappearance of HMS Erebus during an expedition to find Northwest Passage

Archbishop Eamon Martin during the World Meeting of Families in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eamon Martin says meetings with survivors are difficult because ‘they don’t trust us’

Journalist Ursula Halligan spoke before the performance of the  ‘Rainbow Choir’, made up of LGBTI singers who gathered outside the World Meeting of Families at the RDS on Thursday, to sing in protest at the exclusion of LGBTI people and their families from the event. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Former TV reporter Ursula Halligan calls on Church to ditch language on gay people

Met Éireann is reporting rain for Sunday during the Pope’s mass in the Phoenix Park.

No rain for Pope’s parade in Dublin on Saturday, says Met Éireann

Shares in the Irish airline rose by just over 7 per cent in early trading in Dublin after news of the deal was confirmed. Photograph: Reuters/Phil Noble

Shares jump after airline reaches agreement with Fórsa following strikes

Kirsten Mate Maher’s father, Kwalo Mate, and her mother,  Jacinta Maher, joined her on stage after she was crowned the Rose of Tralee. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh

‘I’m very much half Zambian. It is half of who I am’

Student and part-time model Kirsten Mate Maher (21) wins the competition

Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey on stage with Daithi O Se in the Dome for Monday night’s  Rose of Tralee show. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Bookies’ favourite Shauna Ray Lacey stunned audience with admission about parents

Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey shares a moment with her mother, Angela Ray, following the former’s stage interview with Dáithi Ó Sé. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey (24) says she was not ‘given the best hand of cards’ in life

British troops during the War of Independence in 1920. Photograph: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

Research calls into into question so-called moral superiority of old IRA, says historian

Micheál Martin said there had been a proposal prior to him becoming Minister for Education in 1997 to have history removed as a core subject at Junior Certificate level.

Fianna Fáil leader vows to restore subject as core component in Junior Cert curriculum

Sean Lemass pictured with Eamon de Valera  Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Former taoiseach was an economic moderniser but not socially liberal

Lisa Chambers accused the DUP of willingly ensuring that Stormont institutions are kept suspended because it suits the party’s agenda at Westminster. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Absence of Stormont institutions is a ‘disgrace’, claims Lisa Chambers

Éamon de Valera on the steps of 10 Downing Street, London in 1932. Photograph: PA

Cosgrave and de Valera deserve credit for preserving democracy in the new State

Plaque mounted recalling ultimate sacrifice of celebrated chaplain Fr Willie Doyle SJ

US president Woodrow Wilson set up the Committee on Public Information after the US declared war on Germany in April 1917.

Nearly 10,000 Irish men joined British forces between August and November of 1918

Speakers attending the Parnell Summer School in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow from leeft Professor Yvonne Galligan, Queens University ,and Dr Sonja Tiernan, Modern History, Liverpool. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Just 21% of all local councillors are women, Parnell Summer School told

‘It’s so pervasive for younger women and particularly women in less powerful roles in workplaces,’ Senator Ivana Bacik said. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Labour Senator tells Parnell Summer School of being harassed as a waiter in London

Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan speaking at the opening of the Parnell Summer School in Avondale, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Josepha Madigan says 30% gender election rule should be examined

The headstone on the grave of Thomas Woodgate will be changed to reflect that he was 14 years of age when he died. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Thomas Woodgate faked his age to join the RAF in 1918 just a month before he died

 Bertie Ahern speaks to Parish Priest Fr Liam Ó Cuív at St Brigid’s Church in Killester.  The former taoiseach was among mourners at the funeral of former Secretary to the Department of Finance Sean Cromien. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sean Cromien came from humble origins to become Secretary to the Dept. of Finance

Leah Kelly’s hat resembled a gust of wind blowing through feathers with a mélange of floating quills, according to its creator Derek Montgomery, a milliner based in Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

Best-dressed winner defends the peculiar Irish summer ritual of Ladies Day

Neil Jordan and Director of the NLI, Dr Sandra Collins, with material from the donation at The National Library of Ireland (NLI). Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Donation comes with €2.2m tax break for film director who made Michael Collins

Cooling off near Killiney Beach during the heatwave earlier this summer. Below-average rainfall levels have been forecast for August and September. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Despite rains, Dublin experiencing worst drought since records began 168 years ago

The Irish hockey team pictured on stage on Dame Street follwing their reception at City Hall. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Team greeted with a joyous and emotional homecoming as sights now set on Olympics

Members of Ireland women’s hockey team arrive at at Dublin Airport following the Hockey World Cup Final. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tears as Minister for Sport announces €1.5 million in extra funding for teams preparing for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020

Can’t bear to look: Hockey fans watch Ireland’s drubbing at the hands of the Netherlands in the World Cup final on Sunday. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy/The Irish Times

Loreto Hockey Club members on Irish team celebrated in Churchtown’s Glenside Pub

 Róisín Upton, Kathryn Mullan, Ayeisha McFerran, Anna O’Flanagan, Grace O’Flanagan, Yvonne O’Byrne, Nicola Evans and Chloe Watkins of Ireland celebrate their victory during the semi-final game between Ireland and Spain of the Womens Hockey World Cup on Saturday. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Unprecedented odyssey has even united politicians who can’t agree on anything else

 Minister for Sport Shane Ross has been urged to  re-examine the funding of Irish hockey in the wake of this week’s success. Photograph: Sandra Mailer/Inpho

Sports body moves to clarify funding of World Cup campaign

Ecstatic Irish hockey fans celebrate the women’s team’s World Cup semi-final victory over Spain in the Glenside Pub in Churchtown, Dublin.

Scramble to get to London starts as hockey fans prepare for Sunday’s historic game

Recent gorse fires at Bray Head have exposed a Second World War era Éire sign that had been covered up for more than 70 years.

Sign on Bray Head was there to warn air crews that Ireland was a neutral country

Brendan Howlin succeeded Joan Burton as Labour leader in May 2016.

Sixteen councillors say now is not the time to change the party leadership

Ireland hockey players Nicola Evans, Yvonne O’Byrne,  Zoe Wilson, Katie Mullan and Hannah Matthews celebrating their quarter-final win over India on Thursday. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Proud day for squad of players who pay a levy to supplement their funding

Electric Picnic: The Prodigy will play this year’s festival. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

More than 40 new acts in final announcement for festival

The bank holiday weekend is set to be warm in most places but there will be no return to the heatwave that delighted many earlier in the summer. File image:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Heatwave not returning but temperatures could hit 23 degrees in south and east

Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin said he is pushing the Vatican to have Pope Francis meet a cross-section of survivors of industrial schools, Magdalene laundries, mother and baby homes and those who suffered from clerical sex abuse during his visit to Ireland later this month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Diarmuid Martin says time is very tight for pope to meet cross-section of survivors

David Kitt: ‘I do think it is sad that so many creative/artistic/bright people are being forced to leave this city and the country in general.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

‘Bloody typical’: Musician criticises reaction to announcement he is leaving Dublin

Rates of caesarean sections tripled worldwide between 1990 and 2014 from 6.7 per cent to 19.1 per cent. Photograph: Istock

TCD researchers carry out comprehensive review into worldwide increase in procedure

David Kitt: “I do think it is sad that so many creative/artistic/bright people are being forced to leave this city and the country in general.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Performer accuses Fine Gael of failing the city and repeating mistakes of Celtic Tiger era

Bus Éireann said its buses pick up the equivalent of one passenger in Kilrickle for every five journeys through the village Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Locals in Kilrickle, Co Galway, vow to escalate actions against Bus Éireann over service

Oliver Campbell (81), a retired teacher from Co Down, was due to be cremated on Tuesday at Dardistown Crematorium.

Coroner admits there are protocol issues around cremations from other jurisdictions

Taoiseach Charles Haughey and President Mary Robinson greeted by Lieutenant General James Parker, Chief of Staff, on arrival outside the GPO in 1991. Photograph: Jack McManus

Observations about Mary Robinson and Charles Haughey among documents

Lunchtime read on the banks of the Canal during the June heatwave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Met Éireann forecasting that the long spell of sunny, dry weather is coming to an end

A false widow spider. File photograph

False widow spider was found to have wrapped its prey in silk in south Dublin house

TCD researcher Dr Christopher Chevallier uncovered a  series of 14th-century papal tax records showing the scale of devastation in Ireland

Famine and war took its toll, with Dublin’s wealth decreasing by two-thirds

Boy George: his family tree reveals some interesting Irish branches on ‘Who Do You Think You Are’

The singer's family struggled with poverty after an execution in the War of Independence

One of nature’s most spectacular events, a blood moon, will be visible across Ireland on Friday night. Image: iStock.

Those seeking to see longest total eclipse of the century will have to go to elevated site

“When it works it is the best thing in the world.” Above, Marie, Brian and Padraig (8) O’Callaghan

In a land where bishops objected to ‘the sin of Onan’, first IVF baby arrived only in 1986

The coffin of Anthony (Tony) Tims arrives at The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rowlagh. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Congregation told death of Tony Tims had led to ‘tremendous sadness and confusion’

Tony McGregor giving out yards on YouTube

Tony McGregor vents his spleen at Irish Rail ticket machine on YouTube

A swimmer dives into the sea at Sandycove, Co Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Irish Water assessing more than 100 ‘at risk’ supplies around State which may also be affected

Gardaí in Co Laois are investigating the alleged assault in the Harpurs Lane part of Portlaoise.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Man who suffered serious facial injuries claims he was beaten up because he is gay

Then president Éamon de Valera and  Sean Lemass attending the Michael Collins memorial mass in The Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Dublin on June 23rd, 1969. Photograph: Paddy Whelan /The Irish Times

The series of interviews are to be made available to the public next month

Alicia McKiernan from Gorey at  Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Heat causing problems for water supplies, transport links and spread of gorse fires

Delays on expected on inbound N4 because of oil spill following Kilmainham collision

The band has applied for planning permission for a three-storey over basement building  on the site of the band’s recording studio in Hanover Quay. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Old studio at Hanover Quay will be transformed into four-storey building

Prices rises at  Electric Ireland will add more than €100 a year to the bills of the average customer who uses both gas and electricity.

Company blames cost of wholesale energy prices for gas and electricity increases

The child is in intensive care in the Joan XXIII Hospital in Tarragona on the east coast of Spain.

Department of Foreign Affairs providing consular assistance to Irish family

Rosie Reeve (3), from Hertfordshire and visiting grandparents in Cobh,   at Garryvoe Beach, east Cork on Monday. Photograph:  Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Thursday forecast to be hottest day of year with 30 degree heat expected in some areas

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has dismissed criticism of his Judicial Appointments Bill by former minister for justice Alan Shatter. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Alan Shatter among ‘vested interests’ against changing judge selection process - Minister

Dublin airport’s Terminal 2 building. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Minister raises possibility of privately run terminal, says second runway an ‘imperative’

Chairwoman of the  Citizens’ Assembly Ms Justice Mary Laffoy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two changes to the constitution were made following deliberations by 99-person juries

Demand for Irish passports is at a record level with applications up 8.5 per cent year on year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

DFA secretary general says staff share public’s frustration unanswered phone calls

Doc Coyle, Don Burton, Taylor Burton, Kyle Konkiel, Don Burton Jr., Tommy Vext, John Boecklin, Chris Cain with the $250,000 cheque.

US heavy metal band Bad Wolves aim to raise €1m for family of Cranberries singer

The  Trial of Roger Casement by Sir John Lavery: The evidence for Casement’s homosexuality is contained in the notorious “Black Diaries” which were circulated  during his trial in 1916. Photograph courtesy of Royal Irish Academy.

Roger Casement likely to be among those Leo Varadkar was paying homage to in Dáil

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