Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird at  rehearsal: “I’m sort of the everyman.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird is digging a grave on a special earth-filled platform in Wesley House off Dublin’s Leeson Street. Standing near h(...)

Paul McDonald, a bus driver from Finglas told the meeting “what we need is more buses, not this plan”. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

A local community in Raheny, Dublin, have said they will protest against ending their direct bus route to the city centre. Over 100 residents from E(...)

Daniel O’Connell Summer School academic director  Prof Maurice Bric of UCD has confirmed Dr Mary  McAleese has accepted an invitation to address the event, held annually in O’Connell’s birthplace of Cahersiveen and his home at Caherdaniel. Image: Daniel O’Connell Summer School website

Former president Dr Mary McAleese will give the keynote address at this year’s Daniel O’Connell Summer School in South Kerry, where she will speak abo(...)

President Michael D Higgins presented Nobel Prize-winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award at a special ceremony  at Áras an Uachtaráin last night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

British solicitor and human rights activist Gareth Peirce is among 10 people who have received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. Ms Pei(...)