In the early part of 2021, Ireland was in the grip of a second Covid 19 wave. The vaccination rollout was only just beginning and the southwest of the country was a particular hotspot for severe illness and high mortality. The intensive care team in Limerick University led by Dr. Catherine Motherway, met the challenge head on and under huge strain coupled with such dedication and determination prevented many from certain death.
As Ireland is faced with a new variant of Covid, Taoiseach Micheal Martin presses on into the night as he reviews recommendations in his office in Government buildings.
Blessing Nkencho, mother of George Nkencho, looks through the shatterd and bullet pierced front door glass of their home after her son was fatally injured by Garda.
Family and mourners gather at the graveside as the remains of teenager George Nkencho, who was fatally injured by Garda , is buried in Mulhuddart cemetery.
Civil Defence volunteers Lar Griffin, James Turner and Lloyd Whelan who volunteered to transport patients for testing in the fight against Covid-19.
Lifelong Dublin GAA fan Gerry Gowran, aka Dublin Gerry, was forced to watch his beloved team from outside Croke Park winning their historic six-in-a-row All Ireland Final.
Husband and wife team Evelyn Zuniga and Guilherme Sepuveda of Duffy’s Circus perform their flying trapeze act in the big top.
Artist Joanne Murphy works on her latest creation in the window of Ciaran Nevin’s hair salon in Terenure.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pauses to reflect on the loss of his friend Seamus Lawless who died while climbing Mount Everest
Lucan Educate Together player Aoife Fox keeps her eye firmly on the ball while under pressure from Gaelscoil Uí Earcáin during the Cumann na mBunscol school finals in Croke Park
Despite a breakdown of their professional relationship, the love of Pete Taylor for his daughter Katie remains strong
Fine Gael TD's Josepha Madigan, Kate O'Connell, Maria Bailey and Hildegarde Naughton return to Government buildings, following an International Women's Day event
Taoiseach Enda Kenny campaigning during the general election despite reports that he and his party were losing the support of voters.
Members of the Defence Forces march through the streets of Dublin during the Easter rising centenary celebration parade.
Stage actor George Seremba sees the stage from a different angle, during a visit to Dublin’s Abbey Theatre.
James Derwin (7) from Athlone takes a break with Yorkie a 128cm Jumping Pony at the RDS Dublin Horse show.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD looks out from One World Trade Centre, New York. It would be his final day in the US as Taoiseach, he resigned shortly after his return
Artist Kevin Sharky pictured with one of his piece's 'Bad Mother' which he created to reflect his challenging and difficult childhood
Florist Olivier Besombe pictured at work at his studio in Dublin
The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland preserve steam locomotives in working order, allowing people to see what train travel was like in Ireland over fifty years ago. Behind the shiny gloss paintwork of the locomotives and carriages, the preparation, operation and disposal of the steam locomotives is carried out exactly as it would have been done for generations when these locomotives hauled everyday trains
Despite a heavy downpour of rain, people make their way around the site of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly
Minister Leo Varadkar is taken by the appearance of his colleague and fellow minister Charlie Flanagan as he arrives for a Fine Gael general election publicity event.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and party candidate Bobby Aylward pictured canvassing with local man George Darcy in Bagnaelstown ahead of a local by-election
Former Fine Gael minister Lucinda Creighton pictured at the launch of her new Renua political party in Trinity College
Mary Hanafin, Fianna Fáil, is overcome following the announcement of her success for the highly contested local election seat in South Dublin
Maria Cahill, who claimed she was sexually abused by a republican when she was a teenager, broke her silence to make the claim
Former CEO and Chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Seán Fitzpatrick, departs from court during his trial for providing unlawful financial assistance to bank customers to buy shares in the bank
Burlesque dancer Epiphany Demeanour pictured during a performance for the Dublin Burlesque dance festival
Larry Murphy, The most feared man in Ireland and recently released convicted rapist walks silently through Heuston train station, most unaware of his presence.
Shane McGowan, lead singer of the Pogues, ahead of their performance in the RDS.
Jean Daly taking part in the third National Wheelchair Tennis Open Championships, in Riverview Health and Fitness Club, Clonskeagh.
Tributes on the entrance to a derelict factory in Bray where two part-time firemen lost their lives in a blazing inferno.
Olivia Mitchell explodes with delight following her election win in Dublin South.
Flowers laid in tribute in the uniform room in Bray Fire Station for two fallen fire fighters, Brian Murray and Mark Shaughnessy, who died in the line of duty.
Actress Katie Kirby playing the part of 'Estella' during dress rehearsals of the stage adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel 'Great Expectations'.
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern extends his hand to greet his old adversary Dr. Ian Paisley on his official visit to Farmleigh House.
Take That band member, Gary Barlow, pictured in Dublin, after the former chart topping band reunited.
Amanda Dusper originally from Croatia but now living in Dublin finds two hungry pigeons eating from the palm of her hand in St. Stephens Green Dublin.
A photograph of Liam Hawe who was murdered along with his siblings and parents in a 'murder suicide' is passed to his aunt as his remains arrive at their funeral.
Brothers Cillian and TJ Lynch take a break to enjoy their lunch and each others company at the National Ploughing Championships.
Gunner Shane Lennon reflects the memory of 1916 leader Padraig Pearse in the cell from which he was taken in Kilmainham jail for execution exactly 100 years previously in 1916.
An Irish Volunteer engages fire with an RIC officer during the recreation of the 1916 battle of Ashbourne ambush in which several RIC officers and volunteers were killed
First lady Sabina Higgins shows her delight after she was presented with an Irish Citizen army hat at a memorial ceremony for James Connolly.
Maria Lawlor and her dog Susie enjoy the bright morning sunshine along the banks of the river Boyne in Trim Co. Meath.
Sgt Mark Dunne has the Proclamation reflected in his visor as the Defence Forces deliver the Proclamation and the national flag by air to schools off the northwest Donegal islands.
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern extends his hand to greet Dr Ian Paisley on his official visit to Farmleigh House in April 2007.
The artist 'Rasher' takes a different approach to looking at some of his artwork during an exhibition in Dublin in Januray 2007