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Leaving cert diary: Coláiste Éinde Galway Leaving Certificate students, from left:  Muireann O’Reilly, Evan Murphy, Ciara Kilbane, Lauren Conway, Osas Aghabueze-Ayo and Tom Crumlish. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The last two years have been a long slog for the thousands of Leaving Cert students who picked up their results earlier this month. But for most of ou(...)

A Hungarian obstetrician  discovered the importance of hand-washing in preventing puerperal sepsis, a major cause of maternal mortality

In our decade of commemorations, we might easily miss two interesting sesquicentennials of 2017, commemorating 150 years of the Canadian Confederation(...)

Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport: Aer Lingus is increasing capacity to the US for winter.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Irish airports in the running for World Routes awards Four Irish airports have been nominated in the prestigious aviation marketing awards World Rout(...)

Heatwave: a boy cools off in Turin, in Italy. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty

Eleven southern and central European countries have issued extreme-heat warnings amid a brutal heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, with residents and tourists(...)

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes  during the second free practice session at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, northeast of Budapest. Photograph: Zsolt Czegledi/MTI/ AP

Silverstone is Lewis Hamilton’s home track but there is little doubt that the hot, dusty bowl of the Hungaroring is a circuit he enjoys like no other(...)

Protesters raise candles during a protest on Thursday night in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph:  Adam Chelstowski/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of Poles protested on Thursday against a new law that allows parliament to appoint supreme court judges, defying a European Union wa(...)

Low-cost European airline Wizz Air has reported a record set of results, helped by a strong Easter and high demand for travel in Eastern Europe. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Budget airline Wizz Air said on Wednesday it was seeking a British flying licence in case there was no clean deal to protect flying rights once Britai(...)

Egypt’s ancient library at Alexandria (c.300 BC) once held all of the world’s knowledge in half a million scrolls, representing 30-70 per cent of the (...)

Patricia Mountbatten and John Knatchbull arriving for their wedding at Romsey Abbey in Hampshire, England, in 1946. Photograph: Eddie Worth/Associated Press

Patricia Knatchbull, a grande dame of Britain’s titled elite, whose life embraced a fabled childhood between two world wars and deep personal tragedy (...)

A Ryanair passenger received compensatin after she said €2,000 worth of jewellery was stolen from her cabin bag. Photograph: Yves Herman/File photo/Reuters

A Ryanair passenger had about €2,000 worth of jewellery stolen from a carry-on cabin bag that was placed in the hold of an aircraft, a judge was told (...)

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