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Thursday 21 September 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# August

Last year
August was hotter and drier than normal with 11 weather stations breaking temperature records
Nearly half of Met Éireann’s weather stations broke their August maximum temperature records.
Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday
Here’s what made the headlines today.
Public urged to be mindful of fire, water and road safety on bank holiday weekend
Summer bank holidays tend to the most dangerous for preventable deaths as people take to beaches or road trips.
All time
Former Afghan president had 'minutes' to decide whether to leave Kabul during Taliban takeover
Ashraf Ghani denied claims his exit scuppered hopes of a deal with the Taliban and also said he had not left with a stolen fortune.
Taoiseach expects things to 'settle down' as business group says outdoor dining has improved city atmosphere
Towards the end of the month the government should be able to make a call on what further relaxations might be permissible in August.
Micheál Martin says the government will decide by July if it can 'do more than we signalled'
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has reportedly asked NPHET to consider a phased return to offices in August
Business group DublinTown says outdoor dining has improved the atmosphere in the city
Galway councillor suggests 'designated areas' for outdoor drinking
Covid vaccines: Three million doses have been administered in Ireland
'Vast majority' of Covid-19 restrictions hoped to be gone by August, Tánaiste says
“I’m hoping that that’s the month when things are relatively normal again,” Leo Varadkar has said.
Temperatures to reach as high as 26 degrees today as thundery, heavy rain also forecast
It’ll be warm, humid and rainy this weekend.
Six Premiership rugby players test positive for Covid-19
A further four non-playing staff have also tested positive after 804 tests on Monday.
Government announces quarantine exemptions for major English sporting events
Manchester City are due to host Real Madrid in the Champions League in August.
Ulster look for green light from NI Executive as part of IRFU inter-pro plans
The four provinces are hoping to return to action on 22/23 August at the Aviva Stadium.
Blistering start to life in the Premier League earns Pukki Player of the Month award
The Finnish striker bagged five goals in his first four matches for Norwich City on their return to the top flight.
Much of the country is soaked with rain and there's a pretty unsettled weekend ahead too
Not great for a mid-August weekend.
The Irish For: Bank holidays and Lú, the god of August
In Irish, August is Lúnasa, named in honour of the ancient god Lú, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.
Temperatures could hit 25 degrees today, but it'll be a mixed bag over the weekend
Sunshine, rain and spot flooding could all be on the cards this bank holiday weekend.
'Chance of hail' this week as the weather takes a turn
Expect widespread showers in the coming days.
After considering retirement, Bubba Watson out of 'dark place' ahead of the Masters
The two-time winner is in good shape on his return to Augusta after overcoming personal struggles.
Taoiseach says it would be appropriate for Pope to visit survivors of Catholic Church abuse in Ireland
The government will tell the Vatican that families ‘of all shapes and forms’ should be celebrated during Pope’s Irish visit
Investigation into Mayo murder continues after men released without charge
Joseph Deacy of St Albans in England was discovered outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday 12 August 2017.
Brown Thomas opened its Christmas Shop today and here are the photos to prove it
With 130 days to go until Christmas Day, is it time to start the shop?
Body of man found in ditch with stab wounds identified
A murder investigation was launched after the man’s body was found in north Dublin on Friday morning.
Dodgy technology and dead people voting - Kenya has a job on its hands preventing fraud in its coming election
Recent elections in the African nation have been beset by claims of vote-rigging and intimidation.
Vatican confirms Pope Francis to visit Ireland, almost 40 years after John Paul II
The Taoiseach announced the trip in November.
Gardaí are concerned for the welfare of a man missing since August
The man, who was a native of Ballybunion, was last seen in the Tralee bypass area on the 22 August 2016.
Rio drug dealers have been using the Olympics logo on products
Police say they seized marjijuana labelled with the logo of the Rio 2016 organising committee.
Oscar Pistorius parole review postponed for two weeks
The athlete had been due to leave prison in August to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest.
How has your Irish summer been?
Tomorrow is the final day of a wet and windy summer that has never quite lived up to its name.
The summer has been pretty rubbish, and that isn't about to change
Speaking this morning Met Eireann’s Siobhan Ryan said there is a small chance of improvement in August.
These two men may have witnessed a serious sexual assault and police want to speak to them
It happened in the Portrush area of Antrim last August.
Your handy one-stop Irish gig guide for August
All the gigs going on around the country this month.
200,000 penalty points will now NOT be cancelled
It was thought that errors in updating the Road Traffic Act could have meant large numbers of points being written off.
Emergency legislation may be needed to close penalty points loophole
Thousands of points could be cancelled.
We're 20% more popular with Americans (and Canadians) than this time last year
Hunt for 15 suspects over beheading of French tourist
Herve Gourdel was kidnapped and beheaded by fugitives last week.
Moran and Hickey scoop Player of the Month awards for August
The pair were in superb form for their counties over the past month.
Flying high: August was Knock Airport's busiest month in history
Traffic to and from the UK is still strong – up 21% on last August.
The story of the city that stands still for a minute every year
One minute every August.
Welcome to your first weekend of FIVE in August
Yes, that does mean five weekends on one pay cheque.
Drivers caught speeding today will get more penalty points under new rules
There is a new category of driver on the roads from today – the novice driver.
One more bonus to being a teen? Cheaper Luas and bus travel
Leap cards are now a few euro cheaper for young ‘uns.
Slight rise in EU unemployment rate
The biggest increases in unemployment were in Greece and Cyprus. Ireland is seventh worst out of the 28 EU members.