Tears and memories of dark times and loss as trailblazers celebrate 25 years of gay rights
Ukuleles and tropical sunshine - what more could you need for a proper celebration?
Ukuleles and tropical sunshine - what more could you need for a proper celebration?
As Jean-Claude Juncker and his delegation strolled onto the immaculate green pitch at Croke Park, the soundtrack of a rip-roaring All-Ireland final struck up to help simulate the atmosphere.
There was some top quality trolling of the Brexiteers at Croke Park today when Tánaiste Simon Coveney presented Jean-Claude Juncker with a...
It took David Drumm some time to work a mint loose from the tattered packet he had extracted from his suit pocket, before popping it into his...
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla began their visit to Cork today with a trip to the English Market where they left weighed down with gifts, including a large hamper of Irish smoked salmon, cheeses...
After the hustle and bustle of Manchester, the train journey takes on a leisurely pace.
BY mid-afternoon, the Garda cordon had been lifted on the leafy country road and to all outward appearances, normal life in Enniskerry resumed.
A woman who had regular smear tests as part of the CervicalCheck programme was diagnosed with stage two cancer in Belfast just nine months after believing that she got the all-clear in the Republic.
The cloud of anonymous statistics is dissipating into the ether, leaving behind human faces with devastating stories.
AS a young woman in her 20s, Edel Dooley had surgery in the US for the removal of abnormal cells in her cervix, discovered in a routine medical check-up.
Their stories were harrowing, their pain indescribable.
Their stories were harrowing, their pain indescribable.
One of the victims raped within a foster family setting was met with a wall of silence from State agencies for years, her solicitor has said.
MANY ‘unanswered questions’ remain about the way the authorities handled the care of three young girls who were raped while in the care of...
TEARS streamed down the faces of Big Tom’s devoted fans as they gathered at his graveside to sing together with the cream of Irish country...
Hours after author Mike McCormack finished writing his novel 'Solar Bones', his son Saul was born.
The devastated parents of a 13-year-old accused of the murder of Anastasia Kriegel broke down in tears as they left the courtroom following a short hearing.
IN a way, it’s a wonder that we were surprised at all.
Amid the unfolding disbelief and rapture at the RDS, a trembling young woman in a Repeal T-shirt in the crowd reached out to touch the arm of Katherine Zappone, saying: "I was the rape victim case that you read out first in the Dail." The Children's Minister enveloped her in a tight hug.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said he worries that workers in Dublin may not go home to vote this evening because of the fine weather.
The tricolour was rolled out and speeches were given.
Google is to block all ads on its search engine and on YouTube relating to the upcoming abortion referendum.
IN her annual report for 2009, then-ombudsman Emily O’Reilly described being led on “a sort of an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ trip” around the legal system by the HSE in a bid to get access to basic information.
In her annual report for 2009, then-ombudsman Emily O'Reilly described being led on "a sort of an 'Alice in Wonderland' trip" around the legal system by the HSE in a bid to get access to basic information.
For Alex Broderick, the hardest thing about the cervical cancer scandal is thinking of the young children who may face the same pain that she did.
TEARS streamed down the faces of Big Tom’s devoted fans as they gathered at his graveside to sing together with the cream of Irish country music.
No obstacle was too difficult for Big Tom's loyal fans to traverse. One fan recalled a journey of four-and-a-half hours on a Honda 50 to see him play in 1981. Another woman remarked on how a queue of two-and-a-half hours into a dance hall for a Mainliners gig had been the usual thing.
SINGERS TR Dallas, Margo and Derek Ryan were amongst those who came to pay their emotional respects to legendary singer Big Tom, at a public reposal in his native village of Oram, Co Monaghan.
A JUDGE has lifted reporting restrictions on the trial of two Ireland rugby players acquitted of rape.
The young woman in the witness box was asked by the barrister: “How did you feel being back at Paddy Jackson’s house?”
Many times we wondered who exactly had been put on trial here.
Police in Northern Ireland say they hope the result of the rape trial of rugby stars Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding does not deter victims from coming forward.
The complainant at the centre of allegations in the Ulster rugby case is "understandably upset and disappointed with the outcome".
Unusually, Dara Florence proved to be a crucial eyewitness witness at the heart of arguments for both the prosecution and the defence.
AMID a pressure cooker environment rare in its intensity, this would have been no easy trial for any judge.
ALL four defendants in the Belfast rape trial have been found not guilty on all charges.
The judge told the jury that the prosecution asks it to consider what the young woman at the centre of this has to gain by making these allegations; why would she make them unless it is because she is telling the truth?
'A woman is entitled to say 'no' and to decide what sexual activity she wants, how far she is prepared to go, and what she does not want to do," Judge Patricia Smyth reminded the jury.
AFTER a lengthy delay in the morning for “technical reasons”, at last it was the turn of Judge Patricia Smyth to address the jury – but only on points of law.
The little joke Rory Harrison's lawyer had penned by way of an opener plopped silently like a pebble into a stagnant stream in the dense atmosphere of the courtroom.
'There were a lot of middle-class girls downstairs - they weren't going to tolerate a rape or anything like that," Stuart Olding's barrister assured the jury.
'You see these four men...doesn't look great, does it?" said Paddy Jackson's barrister, arm outstretched as he gestured towards the defendants, inviting the jury to consider them.
THERE was some understandable trepidation when it emerged that Brendan Kelly, QC for Paddy Jackson, had apparently ‘written a book’ on this trial – with his announcement that his closing statement would consist of no less than 15 chapters. By 4pm, he had still only reached chapter six.
THERE was a tense pause in the proceedings as Toby Hedworth QC, for the prosecution, shuffled some papers.
At the police station, the detective put it to Rory Harrison that out of every offence that might have allegedly been committed that night, he had guessed rape.
The prosecution case ended rather abruptly, with the rigorous probing by the defence of the chief police officers over how the case had been conducted.
At the start of this trial, much had been made of the 'timeline' and the painstaking preparation being done on it.
IT was "damage limitation", the detective had suggested to Rory Harrison during his final interview.
One of the reasons people drink alcohol, a defence barrister put it to the forensic medical examiner, is to induce a feeling of "well-being".
AFTER being arrested, Stuart Olding had told the police what he was wearing that night. This outfit had entailed a navy shirt, black jeans, black “boxer underwear” and brown shoes.
BY the end of her eight days in the witness box, the version of events put forward by the young woman who had given her evidence from behind a curtain had been well and truly established.
The young woman in the witness box was asked: "What was the last you heard of your friend?"
As is customary following the cross-examination by the defence, the prosecution was permitted to ask a few questions for clarification purposes.
'I'm not going to argue with you over grammar. You're not putting words in my mouth," the young woman told the lawyer, very deliberately and with no small amount of heat.
At one stage of the night in the sitting room, Rory Harrison's barrister claimed, his client had looked over the shoulder of a friend and formed the view that the young woman was looking at Paddy Jackson.
‘I was handled like a piece of meat,” the young woman told the barrister in slow succinct tones.
'I was handled like a piece of meat," the young woman told the barrister in slow succinct tones.
It was the most difficult and most painfully forensic day in the cross-examination so far.
IRELAND rugby captain Rory Best was asked to attend the rape trial of two international teammates by senior counsel, a court has heard.
A young woman who has accused two rugby internationals of rape broke down in court as a video of her police interview was shown to the jury.
IRELAND rugby captain Rory Best was among three Ulster teammates who were photographed arriving at Belfast Crown Court, as the trial reached its second day and the alleged victim entered the witness stand.
THAT this was an ordeal was all too painfully apparent.
THE young woman at the centre of the rape claims involving Ireland rugby player Paddy Jackson has told the trial at Belfast Crown Court that she decided to report it to the police because "rape is a game of power and control and they rely on your silence."
‘THIS case concerns a young woman going to an after-party with young sportsmen,” said the counsel for the prosecution, cautioning the jury that “there is a danger that stereotypical views are taken of what such a complainant should expect”.
THE young woman at the centre of a rape claim against Ireland rugby player Paddy Jackson and Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding sent a text to a friend the morning after the alleged assault saying she would not go to the police because it would be her word against theirs and "they have the backing of Ulster Rugby."
Jurors sworn in for the rape trial of Ireland rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been warned to "keep an open mind" during the hearing, which is expected to last for five weeks.
A jury sworn in for the rape trial of Ireland rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been warned to 'keep an open mind' during the hearing which is expected to last for five weeks.
Newly-weds Philip Tonge and his wife Laura are trying to save for a deposit for their own place but it's a mammoth task.
Gardaí are trawling 15,000 DNA profiles for any connections that will lead them to the parents of murdered Baby John.
Amid warnings by medics that a blast of Arctic air would only serve to worsen the spreading of the flu virus, the swirling snow and bitter wind outside the Midland Hospital in Tullamore served as yet another reminder that this crisis is far from over.
In his most famous speech from the movie 'Taken', Liam Neeson warns of having a "very particular set of skills...skills I have acquired over a very long career" before going on to warn his daughter's kidnapper that he will find him and kill him.
Peter Sutherland promoted globalisation because he saw it as "a means of lifting billions out of grim poverty and of countering narrow nationalism" - though his enthusiasm for the benefits "may have blurred his view of its downside", mourners at his funeral heard.
The hot cup of milk is an insomnia remedy almost as old as time itself - but how about ditching it for a kiwi?
A group of students have claimed that they have discovered several mistakes in the aeronautical charts used by coast guard services in Ireland - as part of their scientific research for the BT Young Scientist Exhibition.
The first Irish person set to travel to outer space will be inspiring young students at the 54th BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition.
As a fully qualified chartered accountant, the shopkeeper who sold the winning €38.9m EuroMillions ticket would surely have some advice for her lucky customer who has become Ireland's latest multimillionaire.
What a way to banish the January blues.
A woman coming down the stairs raises her eyebrows as a nurse races past her. "Someone's in a hurry," she remarks.
It is an eye-rolling cliché to say a week is a long time in politics - but 2017 provided firm proof that clichés only become clichés because they are true.
Heroic, full of life and strength, the faces of Dara Fitzpatrick, Ciarán Smith, Paul Ormsby and Mark Duffy stand out as the most powerful and haunting images of the year, never to be forgotten.
Amid the fallout and helpless distress of the Hawe tragedy, with all its unanswered questions, yet another arises – where do we go from here?
ON the invitation of questions by the coroner, Mary Coll sat forward in her seat and addressed the psychiatrist directly, asking: "Do you never interview families?"
THE jury at the inquest into the deaths of five members of the Hawe family has found that Clodagh Hawe and her three sons were 'unlawfully killed' by Alan Hawe - before he killed himself.
What with the combination of animation, pitch and a sprinkling of deepest Tipp, it's fair to say it can be a little tricky to understand deputy Mattie McGrath when he's in full flow in the Dáil chamber.
Who knows what my job is?" asked the Taoiseach. One little girl shot up her hand. "Ruler of Ireland," she declared.
ONCE Conor McGregor's accountant and as a former pro boxer himself, liquidator Aidan Garcia is used to rolling with the punches.
Agitated huddles scarred the corridors in Leinster House. The joyous relief at being yanked back from the brink of a Christmas election was short - though most sweet.
Down at the pier in Buncrana, a heart-wrenching shrine of teddy bears and holy medals still remains.
Outside in the bitter cold, Louise James told how her heart has been left shattered.
"Ireland thought they were in a stronger position than they actually were" throughout the Rugby World Cup bidding process, the chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union has said.
Like a student of dubious industry and ability who had just done an urgent night's cramming before an exam in the hope it might suffice, Boris immediately rattled off everything he knew about Ireland before it escaped his head.
Darren Randolph - at the age of 11, he was a guest at Ronan Keating's first wedding, to model Yvonne Connolly. His father, Ed Randolph - a basketball player and coach from Florida, USA - had coached and befriended Yvonne in Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham, Dublin.
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said it is 'not good enough' for the European Union, British government and the Irish Government to all say they are in favour of an open, frictionless Border and then to ultimately not find one that works.
You can tell the expert by the risks they are not willing to take. The Taoiseach's latest foray into self-promotion sees him move up with undue confidence from the amateur level of novelty socks to regular video posts and now to the advanced category of 'Man of the People'. This is a bold move, not for the faint-hearted.
'Oh yeah, Central Banking goes on, Long after the Troika's been and gone, bank on."
A hand-painted sign outside the town reads: "Best of luck to St Patrick's from Ballyragget Scout group."
When Tom Humphries was jailed for a mere two-and-a-half years for grooming and sexually abusing a young girl, he joined a notorious club of men who preyed on young women or girls, leaving shattered lives behind them.
Now reviled as a paedophile, Tom Humphries was lauded for many years as the best sports writer in the country. He once wrote that when somebody asked him why he wrote, he thought of the glass display cabinet that his great-grandfather made.
"I have the strength now to not let this wrong define me or overcome me with total despair," says Clare Stewart of the tracker mortgage scandal that darkened five years of her life, robbing her family of a sense of security.
Some of the worst-hit victims of the housing crisis are being forced to live in tents along the banks of the Royal Canal.
In Aglish, Co Kilkenny, Storm Ophelia has come at a sobering cost for farmer Thomas Dermody who lost two four-year-old Friesian dairy cows - electrocuted after a power line had come down in his field.
'Even Cromwell couldn't breach Clonmel... but a woman could," quipped a local man of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ophelia.
Statistically the chances are low - between two and five in every 100,000 women will develop a blood clot while taking the contraceptive pill.
Thousands of third level students from all over Ireland have protested the introduction of a student loan scheme, chanting: “Our future is at stake, we say no to student debt” and “Leo, Leo, debt is not the way to go.”
They arrived each day at Dublin Castle hand in hand. But their disparate testimonials delivered before the Disclosures Tribunal proved such a bizarre contrast to this outward harmony that far more questions were left hanging mid-air than answers.
"You were obviously keen to hitch your wagon to Sergeant McCabe's train, would that be fair?"
'Do you want to be involved in this Tribunal?" Marisa Simms was asked. Or with GSOC, or with the High Court proceedings? "Absolutely not," Ms Simms replied, with an emphasis that was almost ferocious. "I want peace."
The curtain rose with a swish on our two players for act one, scene two of this compelling new drama.
Fragile, rather precious and some half-cracked, the senators were taken out of their acid-free archival tissue paper and positioned thoughtfully - though without much ceremony - in the Ceramics Room of the National Museum.
In the foothills of Croagh Patrick, a gold All-Ireland medal gleams in the last rays of the setting sun, a tantalising talisman for what may come tomorrow.
A Garda on points duty. A teacher coaching first-year students in football. A shop owner selling his wares. All Mayo footballers, going about their business as normal in the run-up to what may turn out to be the most important clash of the last 66 years.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that he does not believe women in Ireland are equal.
'I'm not much of a singer," said captain David Burke. But he knew who was. Step forward Paul Flaherty, with an embarrassed clear of the throat before the crowd of 15,000 that stood before him in anticipation, hoping that they knew what was about to come.
The West's Awake rang out once again as the triumphant Galway hurlers - minor and senior - received a heroes welcome in Ballinasloe, their first stop after crossing the Shannon.
He was a giant and a leader both on the field and off. But Ireland rugby great Willie Duggan was also a softie at heart who loved an epic weepie like 'Braveheart' and "poured his soul" into his granddaughter Jo and "loved her with every sinew of his body".