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 It may be Hackball who features in the foreground of Joseph Tudor’s panorama of “Sackville Street and Gardiner’s Mall, Dublin” (circa 1750), in the National Gallery

Thanks to several readers, I now know a lot more about “Haeball – King of the Beggars”, the 18th-century Dublin character mentioned here earlier in th(...)

Waterford’s Kevin Moran with Will O’Donoghue of Limerick during the All-Ireland final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Will O’Donoghue tiptoes around the issue and then greets it face on. Any new rule aimed at tackling cynical play or other so-called dark arts of hurli(...)

Deliveroo and Just Eat workers on O’Connell Street in Dublin. On Friday, well over a hundred young people gathered on bicycles and cycled through the city centre. Some of the youths said they wanted to find and confront delivery drivers over a recent violent incident. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardaí have launched increased patrols in the north inner city of Dublin following tensions between food delivery workers and local young people. Th(...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys says she is “pleased” that people are returning to work, despite Level 5 restrictions. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Almost 480,000 people received the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) this week, at a cost of more than €144 million, new figures show. The number (...)

Ciara Mageean competes in the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish athletes will get at least once chance to compete at home in order to seek a qualification standard for next month’s European Indoor Championshi(...)

The judge at the Central Criminal Court said the defendant  had attacked and stabbed   two young men without any hesitation and did not obtain help for them.

A 29-year-old man who stabbed a stranger in the head and “destroyed his life” by leaving him with a “horrific” brain injury and a lifelong disability(...)

Ireland and several other European countries have introduced legislation requiring proof of a recent PCR test showing a negative result for Covid-19 before allowing passengers into the country. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Irish criminals are allegedly involved in the forging of negative Covid-19 tests to allow people travel within Europe, Europol has warned. The Europ(...)

‘We are yet to see the full impact of Covid-19 on Irish healthcare,’ says Dr Greg Korpanty of University Hospital Limerick. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The health service needs to prepare for an “influx” of seriously ill cancer patients once the Covid-19 pandemic nears its end, an oncologist has warne(...)

Craig Casey: “I remember when we won the AIL in 2009, my father was the coach, and going on to the pitch with them all and just seeing the three days of celebrations they had afterwards.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Craig Casey readily admits he set a goal during the first lockdown last year to win his first cap this season. He hasn’t got there yet but being named(...)

Múinteoir Ray Cuiddihy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The teachers and makers of RTÉ’s homeschool programme on teaching through the pandemic Cúán Mac Conghail, series producer of Home School Hub and(...)

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