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A religious procession in Roccafiorita, Sicily. The average age of its 187 inhabitants is over 60 and the worry is that if Covid spread among its population, the village might disappear. Photograph: Riccardo Lombardo/Getty Images

When the mayor of Roccafiorita received a phone call in October informing him that an employee in his office had tested positive for Covid-19, his hea(...)

A lone passenger and a DAA staff member  at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan did not actually cancel Christmas this week, but it would be no surprise if airlines Aer Lingus and Ryanair thou(...)

France’s Anthony Bouthier knocks on the ball as Ireland’s  Hugo Keenan looks to catch it during the Six Nations match at the Stade de France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Paris – the match is in its 18th minute, Ireland are pounding the French line in the familiar pick and drive version of the Eton Wall Game. Caelan Dor(...)

The Irish squad look on after France’s Antoine Dupont scores a try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A Six Nations decider on the last day of October, with a locked down Ronan O’Gara locked out of the Stade de France, forcing him out of Virgin Media’s(...)

The Antonine Plague, as it became known, was named after Marcus Aurelius Antoninus who reigned as emperor until his death in 180 AD, the very year the outbreak of what is believed to have been either smallpox or measles finally subsided. Photograph: PaoloGaetano/ Getty Images

The pandemic was suspected to have broken out in China and for 15 years it wreaked havoc across Europe, wiping out a third of the population of Rome –(...)

Ireland assistant coach Simon Easterby ahead of Saturday’s match at the Stade de France. Photograph: Inpho

The Irish squad arrived in Paris yesterday for tomorrow night’s 2020 Six Nations finale against France (kick-off 9.05pm local time/8.05pm Irish), just(...)

Dublin Airport could have a testing facility within days, the committee heard. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Dublin Airport could introduce pre-flight Covid-19 tests “within days” if it gets the Government’s go-ahead, according to the chief executive of the S(...)

Ireland’s Hugo Keenan in action against Italy in their Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ironically, pitchside at the Aviva for ITV, I cannot see the game properly. I watch, for the most part, on a monitor. Andrew Conway, on the right wing(...)

DAA chief executive Dalton Philips: ‘In our view, pre-departure testing is a safer alternative to restrictions.’ Photograph: Peter Houlihan/Fennell Photography

Confusion and chaos continue to stall air travel’s recovery despite an EU agreement meant to cut the need for quarantines or other restrictions, State(...)

Italian premier Giuseppe Conte: attacked for his statement over the weekend that the measures would allow Italians to have a “serene” Christmas. Photograph: Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP

A year ago Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte was facing multiple domestic crises and in charge of an unstable government made up of two parties th(...)

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