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Barra Fitzgibbon in Lewisham hospital, London.

Coronavirus, says Barra Fitzgibbon, was the worst thing that has ever happened to him. As a result of contracting the virus, the father of two was put(...)

Soaking fish in brine before hanging it results in ‘incredible eating’ says Robin Gill. Photograph: iStock

In June the chef Jim Fuller caused something of a foodie firestorm when he announced that we have all been cooking mushrooms the wrong way. Convention(...)

A Naas Racecourse staff member sprays disinfectant as preparations continue for the resumption of horse racing on Monday. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Today sees major competitive sport take place in Ireland for the first time since lockdown commenced when racing resumes behind closed doors at Naas. (...)

Trainer Michael Halford oversees the morning workout of up to 85 horses at Copper Beech Stables, Duneany, Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael Halford’s response when asked what the last 11 weeks have been like is simple: “The same, but different.” It sounds a contradictory statement(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan and Dr Ronan Glynn leaving Government Buildings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Economically speaking, this is the quiet before the storm. In six months we will be in the grip of a 1980s-style recession in which about 300,000 work(...)

A man photographs a street art mural by the artist ADW in Portarlington, Co Laois. Entitled ‘Is it Still raining? I hadn’t noticed’, the work deals with the issue of mental health during the Covid-19 lockdown. Photograph: PA

A further two people have died from Covid-19, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has reported in its latest statement. There have now (...)

Brendan O’Reilly loved photography and horse racing

This article is one of a series about people who have died with coronavirus in Ireland and among the diaspora. Read more at

Jockeys and trainers observe social distancing at Tipperary back in March. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

It begins, then. The gears and levers of sport in Ireland start to crank up and get going from today, the first slow stirs of normality since mid-Marc(...)

 The British government’s Covid-19 Recovery Strategy pushed out any resumption there to next month.  Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

France looks like having Europe’s major racing stage to itself this month after confirmation that the sport cannot resume in Britain until June 1st at(...)

The supply of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers remains a source of complaint for many on health’s front line. File photograph: The Irish Times

The rule of marathon-running, it is said, is that the first half lasts 20 miles – and the second, six-and-a-bit. It’s a little like that with the Cov(...)

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