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The week in photos

Dead birds, dead sick, dead lucky – the highlights of the week in pictures.

THIS WEEK SAW birds falling from the skies, a partial solar eclipse, apocalyptic floods and Enda Kenny getting hip to the groove with online public interaction.

This is the week where the world stood on its head, in pictures:

The week in photos
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  • Partial eclipse of the heart

    Millions worldwide watched Tuesday's solar eclipse - but Siobhan Venables took one of the most stunning pictures of it at Greystones, Co Wicklow.Source: Siobhan Venables via Facebook
  • A date to remember

    Labour wanted a general election in November, the Greens wanted it in January. Neither have gotten their way as both John Gormley and Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe said on Tuesday this week that they wouldn't be surprised if March 25 was named the date.Source: Brian via Flickr
  • January sales: 100% off

    While the January sales wound down in Ireland - many kicked off as early as St Stephen's Day - they were only just beginning today at this underwear store in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Water mark

    A wallaby stands on a large round hay bale trapped by rising flood waters outside the town of Dalby in Queensland, Australia as parts of central and southern Queensland state remained inundated.
  • Talk to me

    The Fine Gael website was replaced with an interactive forum for the public to log on and voice their suggestions and concerns to Enda Kenny and co. in advance of the general election campaign.
  • Sick... on every level

    Swine flu cases in Ireland doubled this past week. Unfortunately, patients waiting for the cold comfort of a hospital bed reached record numbers - and hikes of up to 45 per cent in VHI premiums caused us all to shiver.Source: Katy Warner via Flickr
  • Elvis in a miner key

    Edison Pena, one of the 33 Chilean miners saved from an underground tomb last October, visited Graceland in Memphis today. Pena is one of Elvis's more famous fans, having led other miners in singing Elvis songs to help pass the time while waiting to be rescued.
  • The bubble bursts

    Source: Roy Keane left Ipswich Town as manager. The club's CEO Simon Clegg said they had invested in new players but that "the results speak for themselves".
  • Cold comfort

    Ireland entered another cold snap this week and snow is falling on many parts of the country tonight. The weather is not, however, predicted to be as severe as in this village in Romania, pictured on Thursday as locals speed on horse back during a traditional Epiphany horse race.
  • The voice of experience

    Ted Williams, sporting a new haircut and clean clothes, found a job, a home, and reunited with his mother after a US television report on his amazing baritone voice brought this once homeless man to international fame.
  • White magic

    Three white lion cubs are presented to the public at the city zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Wednesday. They are the first white lions to be born in South America.
  • Raining birds and fish

    Cindy Bryant and her husband Stephen examine one of the thousands of dead birds that fell from the sky between 11pm on New Year's Eve and early New Years Day near their home in Arkansas. Scientists are still puzzling over the mysterious sudden deaths of flocks of birds and shoals of fish in America and further afield, in Britain and Norway.

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