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Anthony Kennett (87) from Blackrock, Co Dublin, who won the Liffey Swim in 1943, aged  17, will be presented with a commemorative trophy by the Lord Mayor of Dublin at the event today. Photograph: Eric Luke

In 1932, Manchester-born Anthony Kennett’s father Henry had two job offers. One was to manage a shoe shop in Cairo; the other was to manage a similar (...)

Anne Gildea: “I’ll send my mum a copy.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When you meet someone who has just published a book you usually congratulate them. It’s an achievement to write any book. But today, with the comedian(...)

The Island Discovery approaches Inishbofin. ‘When you get on the ferry at Cleggan and put your back to the mainland and look towards the island; it’s symbolic. You’re no longer in control.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘I have a great view from my office,” jokes Pat Concannon, gesturing at the indigo Atlantic Ocean that is dashing up spray at his “office” window. Con(...)

Telling the story: an Iraqi Kurdish child at Isikveren refugee camp, on the Turkish border with Iraq, in 1991. Photograph: Nabil Ismail/AFP/Getty

THE SALVATION OF TORY ISLAND 1981-1984 Gerry Moriarty Charlie Haughey, then leader of the opposition, looked up at me from under hoode(...)

The coffin of RTÉ’s Colm Murray is brought into  St Gabriel’s Church in Dollymount. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

They supported him through the years of his cruel illness, and yesterday morning, at St Gabriel’s Church in Dollymount, the family, friends and collea(...)

From left: Edward Meade of Failte Ireland, student Ciara McGrath, Mary Mahon of Longbowe Self-catering, Marty Dwan of Framewell, local resident Marianne Kelly, Laura Mahon of Team Dynamics and community worker Ken Kirwan at the Kilkenny Tourism Ambassador  meeting at Rothe House.Photograpph: Dylan Vaughan.

‘Never say no. Only: No problem,” Eddie Meade tells the group in front of him at Rothe House in Kilkenny. Meade, a trainer working for Fáilte Ireland,(...)

“Derry is a rugged working city, but what it lacks in hanging baskets it more than makes up for in heritage, culture and artistic activity. From its famous walls to its thriving nightlife and music scene, Derry has something for everyone. It is a deserving current holder of the title of City of Culture. For a small city Derry fits in a lot, but retains a personal feel that bigger cities often lack. It is also an ideal base for exploring both Donegal and Northern Ireland.” Read the original nomination at

The judges of The Irish Times Best Place to Holiday in Ireland competition have chosen five finalists. The shortlist features three remote area(...)

A man reads an Italian newspaper showing the newly elected Pope Francis on its front page. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

says Fr John Looby, a Jesuit priest for 62 years. The world had had its first Jesuit pope for a mere half hour. Members of the 15-strong(...)

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