The deaths of two men in Ireland have been linked to a new internet craze were participants dare each other to 'neck' pints of alcohol.
Thirty people had to be rescued after the tall ship they were sailing hit rocks and ran aground off the coast of Ireland.
Iconic landmarks around the world have been lit up in green to celebrate St Patrick's Day on Sunday.
Notorious gangster John Gilligan has been shot while celebrating a family christening at his brother's house.
The drug lord and chief suspect in the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin was targeted at the home in the Greenfort area of Clondalkin, near Dublin at about 7pm yesterday.
It is understood the 61-year-old was with family and friends in the house when two masked gunmen tried to force their way in.
Gilligan is believed to have locked himself in a downstairs toilet as the attackers got inside. Up to four shots were fired in the attempted murder, gardai said.
Gilligan was treated at the scene and then taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown with what gardai described as "non-fatal" injuries.
The suspect packages sent to Army Careers offices were in A4-sized envelopes, postmarked Ireland, contained black powder which was explosive and if ignited would have caused flash burns, ITV News' Juliet Bremner understands.
However, the officers who discovered the suspect packages are not certain that they would have exploded.
This indicates that Irish dissident groups were very likely behind the attack.
Over 250,000 homes and businesses in Ireland have been hit by power cuts as hurricane force winds swept in from the Atlantic.
Trees flattened cars and roofs were blown off buildings around the country as a major emergency was declared in the city of Kilkenny after more than two dozen weather-related incidents.
Gusts of up to 110mph were recorded at the Kinsale gas platform off the coast of Cork.
Airports in Shannon and Cork closed for some time, while rail services in the south were disrupted because of debris on lines and trains out of Heuston - one of Dublin's main stations - were cancelled.
Ireland's meteorology service Met Eireann issued repeated red warnings over the risk from the storm - its highest threat level - as it moved north-east across Ireland.
This photo purports to show a bank customer in Cork last night, where people have been using canoes to get around the city centre.
Unreal in Cork last night http://t.co/IGtPAvDZ09
Residents of Cork have been making the most of the flooded city centre by holding canoe races down one of the main shopping streets.
ireland floods and people have canoe races oh my god incase you didn't know i love ireland http://t.co/RBVvLO57qh
Ireland's coast has been battered by storms which has left Cork city centre flooded after the River Lee overflowed its banks.
The coastal town of Lahinch, Co Clare, in the Republic of Ireland has been battered by giant waves by high winds and tides.
The waves washed over three storey guest houses on the seafront and huge boulders were swept away into a car park
Families had to be rescued from their homes as parts of the Republic of Ireland were hit with gale force winds, heavy rain and serious flooding.
Limerick was among the worst hit areas, and emergency services used boats to rescue people from the city's Lee housing estate.
A number of flights out of Dublin Airport have been cancelled as Ireland was battered by strong winds with gusts of almost 75mph.
At one stage 5,500 homes and properties were left without power - 4,000 of them in Ennis, Co Clare.
There was also flooding in several parts, including Tralee in Co.Kerry and Cork city where the River Lee overflowed its banks shortly after high tide.