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Lead is one of the heaviest of the naturally occurring elements and the stars are part of a new category of stars called heavy metal sub-dwarfs.

Two stars just discovered by astronomers at Armagh Observatory are so hot that their atmosphere contains a lead layer more than 100km thick. Lead is o(...)

Lifeguards rescued 559 swimmers from beaches, rivers and lakes during last month’s heatwave.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Lifeguards rescued 559 swimmers from beaches, rivers and lakes during last month’s heatwave. This was 160 more than for the entire bathing season l(...)

Aja Teehan says she and her husband Charles Brand have reviewed all the medical evidence and she now believes it would be safe to have a home birth

The clock is ticking for expectant mother Aja Teehan as she seeks to overturn restrictions imposed by the HSE on women who want to have a home birth. (...)

Bruce Springsteen at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. “We feel like we have been adopted here in Ireland,” the singer said. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan.

Twenty-eight concerts in 28 years. No major artist has played Ireland so often and to so many people, but for fans of Bruce Springsteen, familiarity h(...)

The three GAA football qualifiers in Croke Park today will go ahead as planned despite flash flooding which deluged Jones Road yesterday. Dramatic pho(...)

The last known image of missing woman Deirdre Jacob, who disappeared on July 1998. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins.

The parents of the missing teenager Deirdre Jacob have renewed their appeal for information almost 15 years to the day since she disappeared.Ms Jacob (...)

Minister for Health James Reilly has proposed the introduction of standardised or plain packaging of tobacco products. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Some of America’s largest business organisations have urged the Taoiseach to rethink plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products. Such a m(...)

Bord na Mona chief executive Gabriel D’Arcy: ‘We have done the engineering studies for it with regards to our part of the project.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

Bord na Móna has said it is ready to submit its part of the planning permission for a giant reservoir which will supply the east coast with water. T(...)

Laura Perrins with daughter Annabel.

It has been a swift rise to prominence for the Irish stay-at-home mother Laura Perrins who has unwittingly become an unofficial spokeswoman for millio(...)

Bruce Springsteen performs at Hard Rock Calling Day 2 at Olympic Park on June 30th  last in London. Photograph: Matt Kent/Getty Images

The first of five sold-out concerts on Bruce Springsteen’s Irish tour takes place tomorrow night in Limerick’s Thomond Park. All 141,000 tickets have (...)

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