Emma Ferguson  and son Paddy  after winning  the National Brown Bread Baking Competition at the 2018 National Ploughing Championships.  Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Bread-baking enthusiasts, assemble! The search is on for the best home-baked brown bread in Ireland. Details of this year’s National Brown Bread Baki(...)

Dublin Dance Festival, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas Danst Rosas, Photograph:  Anne Van Aerschot

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Garda Commissioner Drew Harris at the committee hearing on Wednesday

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President Michael D  Higgins at Tallaght Stadium. Higgins’s supporters said he would formally launch his campaign on Wednesday.  Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

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Minister for Business Heather Humphreys will lead the trade mission, which will focus on Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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Dublin believes Theresa May’s domestic political needs, especially the forthcoming Conservative Party conference, influenced the tone of her remarks of her Downing Street statement on Friday. Photograph: Paul Grover/Pool Photo

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A general view from the ploughing championships. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

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Here's one I made earlier ... Emma Ferguson with three-week-old son Paddy and her winning loaf

Emma Ferguson, a mother of three from Rathmolyon, Co Meath, is the winner of the National Brown Bread Baking Competition. Her loaf will go on sale in (...)

Emma Ferguson from Trim, Co Meath, with her two-week-old son Paddy  after winning the National Brown Bread Baking Competition at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Leon Farrell Photocall Ireland

The skies blackened just before lunch and, sure enough, the rain came. Not enough, mind you, to dampen the spirits of those at the National Ploughing (...)

The arrival of Storm Ali, which affected electricity supplies across the country and forced the second day of the National Ploughin Championships to be abandoned for health and safety reasons, reflected the weather-dependent nature of farming. Photograph: Tom Honan

Farming is a difficult, dangerous occupation. For those involved, developing a family business and working outdoors can be hugely satisfying, with the(...)

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