Photo showing  the total eclipse of the sun taken from an aircraft out in the mid-Atlantic.  Photograph: Trinity College Dublin handout/PA Wire

The west was “close to best” for the “almost total” solar eclipse, with clear skies drawing hundreds of spectators out to the shoreline of Galway Bay.(...)

Emergency services attend a stand-off with man in Salthill, Galway on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A stand-off involving a man on a rooftop ended safely in Salthill, Galway, last night after 4½ hours. The incident began at about 5.30pm(...)