'An exciting encounter': Hammerhead shark spotted in Irish waters for the first time
A HAMMERHEAD shark has been spotted in Irish waters for the first time – but the glimpse was so fleeting, scientists didn’t get a chance to...
A HAMMERHEAD shark has been spotted in Irish waters for the first time – but the glimpse was so fleeting, scientists didn’t get a chance to...
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Perhaps it was down to being a guest in a land of famously plain speakers that made Michael D Higgins abandon the usual diplomatic sidestepping when it came to talking about "the B word", as he called it.
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Down at the water's edge, a woman rushed up in a panic.
Outside the church, a special Donegal International Rally ramp had been erected, and with heartbreaking symbolism, Manus Kelly crossed it for the final time.
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An RTÉ documentary in 1976 focused on Brendan Grace's roots in the Dublin Liberties and his 'reminiscences'. He was just 25 years of age - and already a national legend.
A judge has said some solicitors should be more selective about who they accept as clients as she dismissed five fraudulent personal injury claims for up to €300,000.
There was a rat in the Private Members' Bar - neither the first time, nor the last, said the wags, of course.
The red carpet rolled out at his train in Berlin. Some 50 polizei escorting him wherever his cavalcade went - the ultimate honour, apparently.
Days after British MEPs turned their back on the European Parliament during the EU anthem, Ode to Joy, President Michael D Higgins is in Leipzig, where it was written, calling for a new conversation on how Europe is to change.
Resounding applause sounded as the “legendary achievements” of rally driver and councillor Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly (41) were recalled at his funeral.
Outside the Rotunda Hospital, spirits were being kept aloft with picket line chants of 'Come on Paschal, don't be a rascal' with a chorus of supportive honking car horns.
If cats cough, if spiders leave off from spinning their webs, or if a frog's coat looks black, rain is nigh.
Doonbeg heaved a sigh of relief as its own D-Day (D for Donald) went off without a hitch.
US President Donald Trump has predicted that Brexit will be "very, very good" for Ireland.
As final preparations are made for the arrival of US President Trump at Shannon airport, Garda have said there is no indication of any trouble ahead.
Drowned after a morning spent looking for golf balls in the rough, one of the caddies from the golf club had come down to the village for a hot chocolate with "loads of sugar".
It's one thing building a show-stopping garden for dogs - but when you get a show-stopping dog into the bargain, that's when it really comes alive.
Sitting in a suntrap in his home in West Cork, Ian Bailey had just received the phonecall informing him that he had just been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has called on the Culture Minister to clarify if she played any role in the compensation case lodged by Maria Bailey.
There were personal reasons why President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina found one garden at Bloom to be a particularly moving experience. The Trócaire 'Stolen Lands' exhibit was a deeply poignant reminder of their close friend Sally O'Neill, the Irish human rights activist who died tragically last month in a car crash in Guatemala.
The minister would talk to us - "but it won't be outside", winced a press officer.
The lawyers were amongst the first to arrive, along with the Fianna Fáil backroom heavyweights. Clare Daly was in a Julian Assange T-shirt.
With all the talk of the Green Wave, it was easy to overlook the fact that the tide also came in for women in the local elections.
It wouldn't be a count if there wasn't a row about procedure.
A CORK shot off a bottle of champagne at the North Dublin count centre in the RDS, narrowly missing bystanders as it sailed through the air.
Leo's heart might have said 'Spice up your life' - but his head said 'remember the Kylie fiasco'.
The quiet serenity of an ancient monastic site with its majestically soaring round tower - and a real-life visiting prince ambling among the gently sloping tombstones.
Prince Charles and Camilla have thanked the public for their wellwishes on the arrival of grandchild Archie - as they explored Wicklow for the second day of their trip to Ireland.
Back like the swallows, Charles and Camilla could hardly hide their genuine delight to be on Irish soil once again.
Prince Charles has said that “whatever happens” in the future, Ireland and the United Kingdom need to maintain their “vital links” that exist between us.
A celebration of peace took place to mark the return visit of the British royal couple, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall.
Sisters-in-law, once so close they used to go away on family holidays together.
Farmer Pat Quirke is already planning to appeal his conviction for the murder of love rival Bobby Ryan.
A retired police officer involved in the search for murder victim Bobby Ryan has said she found it "shocking" that gardaí involved in the search did not take notes.
It was the longest running murder trial in Irish criminal history - and it held the nation enthralled.
When the verdict came, Patrick Quirke was outdoors on the terrace of the courts complex, soaking up the fresh air and sunshine along with his faithful wife, Imelda. They had spent the majority of their time there during the jury deliberations.
The key players:
Less than four months after an agony aunt advised him to take stock of his life and 'make good', Patrick Quirke decided to take matters into his own hands and solve the 'problem' in the most brutal and savage way imaginable.
'Sex tapes" of Patrick Quirke and Mary Lowry, as well as of Quirke and his wife Imelda, were discovered by gardaí on Quirke's computer.
“SEX tapes” of Patrick Quirke and Mary Lowry, as well as of Quirke and his wife, Imelda, were discovered by gardaí on Quirke’s computer.
ALL eyes were on Mary Lowry as she came to court over her four days of evidence during which she “bared her soul” for the benefit of the Prosecution.
THE longer the trial went on, the more poignant became the photograph of Bobby Ryan with his kindly round face and twinkling eyes.
IT was the longest running murder trial in Irish criminal history - and it held the nation enthralled.
FARMER Patrick Quirke has been found guilty of murdering his love rival Bobby Ryan.
Bobby Ryan was murdered by somebody who presented with the information and the knowledge possessed cumulatively by one person - Patrick Quirke, the prosecution has argued.
Circumstantial evidence is "not a shortcut to a conviction", the barrister for Patrick Quirke told the jury in the Tipperary murder trial.
The jury in the Tipperary murder trial has heard that while Patrick Quirke claimed he was "always afraid of Mary Lowry", he pursued her after Bobby Ryan disappeared and wanted to re-engage on going on family holidays together "as if Bobby Ryan had never entered the picture."
The jury in the Tipperary murder trial has been called upon to "use their common sense", relying on pathology, circumstance and the "most extraordinary circumstances" in which the body of Bobby Ryan was found "cocooned" in a run-off pit.
"THE human condition can only tolerate so much coincidence before we shake our head and say that is not coincidence - that is planned," the jury have been told in the Patrick Quirke murder trial.
Patrick Quirke asked gardaí why he would murder Bobby Ryan and then show people where his body was and "try to manipulate that".
The prosecution has rested its case in the Patrick Quirke murder trial.
Gardaí asked Pat Quirke about searches for human decomposition carried out on his computer and he told them: "My son had recently died. That's all I'm saying."
A senior garda said he could not recall who had said "Mary Lowry had his head melted" which was recorded as a comment in his notes made during the initial investigation into Bobby Ryan's disappearance.
A senior garda has told how he could not recall who had said "Mary Lowry had his head melted" - a comment which appeared in his notes of the initial disappearance of Bobby Ryan.
A SENIOR Garda has told how he could not recall who had said "Mary Lowry had his head melted" - a comment which appeared in his notes of what was at the time, a missing persons investigation.
Patrick Quirke was charged in 2012 with two burglaries and with possession of a key to Mary Lowry's house - however, the DPP directed the charges be dropped.
BOBBY Ryan's body suffered no injury in the process of removing his body from the tank, Chief Superintendent Dominic Hayes told the Tipperary murder trial.
Pat Quirke was "in control most of the time, grumpy some of the time", Mary Lowry's middle son has told the Tipperary murder trial.
Mary Lowry was "unhappy and upset" rather than angry at being told that she could not sit in on the Garda interviews of her three young children, the Tipperary murder trial has heard.
A GARDA who took statements from the three Lowry children told the Tipperary murder trial that Mary Lowry was "unhappy and upset" rather than angry because she couldn't be present in the room during the interviews.
The 'most likely mechanism' of Bobby Ryan's death was 'vehicular impact', the acting State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis has said.
A brother of Mary Lowry has told the Tipperary murder trial the accused, Patrick Quirke, had called his sister "a right bitch" and said she gave neither him nor his wife Imelda support after the tragic death of their young son.
Mary Lowry's brother has told the Tipperary murder trial Patrick Quirke called Mary "a right bitch" and said she had not given him or his wife Imelda any support following the tragic death of their son Alan (11).
MARY Lowry's brother has told the Tipperary murder trial that Patrick Quirke called Mary "a right bitch" and said she had not given him or his wife any support following the tragic death of his son, Alan (11).
Patrick Quirke "hadn't anything good to say about Bobby Ryan" and asked Mary Lowry's brother to "talk sense" into her, the Tipperary murder trial heard.
Mary Lowry has told the Tipperary murder trial how she "did not give permission" for the recording of a conversation between her and her boyfriend that was discovered on a hard drive seized from the house of Patrick Quirke.
A pathologist has told the Tipperary murder trial he believes Bobby Ryan died from extensive head injuries caused by blows from a "heavy blunt object, possibly linear in shape" rather than an impact from a vehicle.
A FORENSIC anthropologist who assisted in the identification of victims from the tragic Grenfell fire tragedy in the UK was involved in the examination of bones taken from the run-off tank in the Tipperary murder trial.
Patrick Quirke denied "using Mary Lowry in every way", telling gardaí that the "that gain was a two-way street".
PAT QUIRKE denied an allegation by gardaí that he was getting "cash on demand and sex on demand" from Mary Lowry, describing it as "a downright lie".
A social worker has told how she received a phone call from Patrick Quirke complaining that Mary Lowry had "lost the run of herself" over a new relationship and was jeopardising "the wellbeing and safety" of her children.
A search for 'Bobby Ryan' was carried out on Mary Lowry's computer the day before Mr Ryan's remains were discovered, the Tipperary murder trial has heard.
Google searches for "human body decomposition timeline", carried out almost five months before the discovery of the remains of Bobby Ryan, were found on a computer taken from the house of Patrick Quirke.
GOOGLE searches for "human decomposition timeline" were carried out 18 months after the disappearance of Bobby Ryan on a computer taken from Patrick Quirke's house, the Tipperary murder trial has heard.
The jury in the Tipperary murder trial has been warned not to discuss the case, which the judge said "was really being discussed by just about everyone in the country, at this point".
Focus fell neatly on the written word during this week of the Tipperary murder trial.
THE jury in the Tipperary murder trial has been warned not to discuss the case, which the Judge said was “was really being discussed by just about everyone in the country, at this point.”
Bobby Ryan suffered "a minimum of four" blunt-force blows to his head and face, with multiple fractures resulting, a radiologist has told the Tipperary murder trial.
GARDAI never discovered the identity of the person who sent a text message to Mary Lowry three months after the disappearance of Bobby Ryan.
Indentations on a sheet of paper found in Patrick Quirke's office revealed evidence of previously written points, including "What the guards will know" and "dispose of clothes\phone\other evidence".
INDENTATIONS on a sheet of paper found in Patrick Quirke's office found he had previously written 'what the Guards will know' and 'dispose of clothes\phone\other evidence’ on another sheet of paper.
A handwritten note detailing a series of questions about the disappearance of Bobby Ryan was found in the home of Patrick Quirke, the Tipperary murder trial has heard.
A HANDWRITTEN note found in the office of Patrick Quirke speculated on the naked state of Bobby Ryan's body meant "he was either murdered and the clothes taken off or that he never left the house."
Computers and electronic devices were seized from the home of Patrick Quirke in a Garda search following the discovery of Bobby Ryan's body.
COMPUTERS and electronic devices were amongst items removed from the home of Patrick Quirke by gardaí in a search of his home, following the discovery of Bobby Ryan's body.
It was a week in which the jury sat for just two days - but during which it learned the earthy, practical, background information on the day-to-day running of a farm.
Patrick Quirke was still in his milking parlour when an artificial insemination technician arrived at his farm on the morning Bobby Ryan went missing, which was "not normal" as he would usually be finished milking by that time, a jury has been told.
A DOCTOR has told the Tipperary murder trial that Patrick Quirke privately confided in him about his affair with Mary Lowry and seemed "upset and quite hurt" when she began a relationship with another man.
A farm labourer has told the Tipperary murder trial that Patrick Quirke told him he had heard a rumour that "Polish people were involved in the murder of Bobby Ryan".
A FARM labourer has told the Tipperary murder trial that Pat Quirke told him he had heard a rumour that "Polish people were involved in the murder of Bobby Ryan."
Tracing Patrick Quirke's movements around the time of Bobby Ryan's death, gardaí went back to the day before the disappearance of the man Mr Quirke described as a "lived-for-the-moment type of chap".
Murder accused Patrick Quirke told gardaí how he could describe the body of Bobby Ryan "graphically, every time I close my eyes".
Patrick Quirke told gardaí investigating the murder of DJ Bobby Ryan that his "only crime" was having an affair with Mary Lowry and that his name was "mud" in his home town.
MURDER accused Patrick Quirke told the gardaí that his "only crime" was having an affair with Mary Lowry and that his name was "destroyed" in his home town.
A garda tasked with cataloguing the exhibits found in the Bobby Ryan murder investigation has said he cannot remember whether he was told about a ladies' hair clip found in the run-off tank where the body was recovered.
A forensic scientist found "no sign of an assault where large amounts of blood was spilled" in the home of Mary Lowry, the Tipperary murder trial has been told.
FURTHER forensic testing proved that no blood was found at the house of Mary Lowry, the Tipperary murder trial has heard.
Crime scene examiners found traces of blood in the sitting room and bedroom of Mary Lowry’s house, the Tipperary murder trial has heard.
TRACES of blood were found in Mary Lowry's house by crime scene examiners, the Tipperary murder trial has heard.
The emphasis shifted this week to the scientific and the expert evidence of this case.
A senior garda gave instructions for Mary Lowry's house to be checked for blood spatter, believing the naked state of Bobby Ryan's body meant it was possible he had died indoors.
A DECISION was made to remove a body from a farm tank because the pathologist indicated to gardaí that he was not willing to travel to the scene, the 'love rival' trial has heard.
A broken hair clip, cable ties, buttons and bone fragments were among a collection of items retrieved by gardaí from the tank in which the remains of Bobby Ryan were found.