La Plagne, France: Even though it was  French mid-term, there  was plenty of room to  avoid daredevil kids and sullen teenagers
Olympic luge in La Plagne

Enjoying the sun-drenched family-friendly slopes at the French ski resort of La Plagne

Connacht head coach Pat Lam during the game against Ulster at Ravenhill.

Head coach has no issue with referee after Connacht were hammered 58-12 by Ulster at Ravenhill

Teki takes advantage of the Kinect system on Xbox.

Technology in health isn’t just about investment, it’s about massive savings

Sign up for our latest course - Get Running 10km. Find out all you need to know here

Coach Mary Jennings. Photograph: Irish Times

Sign up for our latest course - Get Running 10km. Find out all you need to know here

Maureen Brooks, Clontarf, Co Dublin, and Veronica Horan, Ballintubber, Co Mayo, taking part in the parkrun beneath Croagh Patrick in Westport. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Hundreds turn up for their graduation run from The Irish Times Get Running programme

Malahide parkrun: Mark your achievement in Get Running by joining a parkrun near you on March 15th.

Many of our Get Running graduates will take part in a parkrun this weekend. Even if there isn’t one near you, there are lots of ra(...)

Maurice and Deirdre Mullins. Photograph: Claire Byrne Photography

Maurice Mullins has run 130 marathons, 20 100km races and some 24-hour races, but is facing his biggest battle yet

Marlay parkrun: One of nine such events, taking place every Saturday morning around the country.

Grass roots 5km runs are held at nine locations around the country every Saturday morning

It seems a bit of a cliché to be talking about how bad the weather has been for running but there just doesn’t seem any way aroun(...)

Get running coach Mary Jennings: According to one runner, ‘It’s been great to get the advice and encouragement to go out running. It makes it easier to push yourself to brave the cold weather and it really is well worth the effort.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More than 11,500 people have signed up to ‘The Irish Times’ Get Running programme

Running coach Mary Jennings, working with Garvan Murphy and Dylan Murphy of Fast Forward, for Get Running, The Irish Times online running course.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An eight-week online course aims to help those who may not have the confidence or self-belief to become runners

Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher  waits his turn to take part on a skiing race in 2008  in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. Photograph: Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images

Conditions have made off-piste skiing in Les 3 Vallees a challenge so far this winter season

Attire for dribbling babies.

Young kids and babies can seem to take over parents lives, making it hard to know what to buy the adults. Sheila Wayman and John C(...)

Athletes are instructed in running techniques at the Masters of Running workshop in Brockagh Resourse Centre, Laragh, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke

Understanding how a treadmill can help running technique is pretty clear but John Collins struggled to get to grips with how a bro(...)

Nan Collins waiting for treatment in the A&E department at Dublin’s Mater hospital. Photograph: John Collins

Nan Collins waited eight hours before anyone even checked to see if she was concussed

Former Irish international rugby player Bernard Jackman at the cryotherapy clinic at Whites of Wexford.

Whole body cryotherapy stimulates the body’s defence and healing mechanisms, as well as helping speed recovery from injury

Glendalough Trail Run:  If the weather is right, this is a spectacular way to end your competitive running season.

There’s a race to suit every one this autumn and winter so there’s no need, or excuse, to give up the training yet

Kathryn Thomas abseils from the top of the Aviva Stadium during the launch of the inaugural Dublin Adventure Race. Photograph: Brendan Duffy

Adventure racing involves a mix of sporting activities and usually incorporates a great big mountain

‘If there has been a power shift on the roads, it is cyclists who are the ones likely to get crushed. We are not the ones wrapped in a couple of tonnes of steel and air bags which detach us from our surroundings. Yet it is those who are going to come off safely in a collision – bar perhaps some damage to their car – who I see getting most enraged at the other side’s behaviour. Why do cyclists so enrage motorists?’ Photograph: Getty Images

An Irishman’s Diary: The view from the saddle

Staff leaving the Apple factory  at Hollyhill, Cork in January 1999 after 500 job losses were announced at the plant. Photograph:  Mark Kelleher/News Pic’s.

Apple has been a major employer in Cork since 1980 but shuns public scrutiny

John Collins followed in the footsteps of scientist John Tyndall in the pristine mountain villages around the stunning Aletsch g(...)

Thousands have taken part in events like Runamuck, Turf Warrior or To Hell and Back

Irishman Ger McDonnell, died on K2, widely regarded as one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. Photograph: Patfalvey.com/PA Wire

Four and a half years after his death on K2 the family of Limerick mountaineer Ger McDonnell got some measure of closure this…

INTEL CHIEF executive Paul Otellini has confirmed it has selected its plant in Leixlip, Co Kildare, as one of three locations…

WATER CHARGES in Ireland have a long and colourful history dating back to the 13th century, according to documents being published(...)

FACEBOOK CHIEF executive Mark Zuckerberg has attracted criticism from an influential US analyst for wearing his trademark hoodie…

Head for Bray

TRAVEL WALK: TRAIL RUNNING – not to be confused with the much more demanding sport of hill running – is becoming increasingly…

DUBLIN STARTUP Betapond has developed the social media elements behind Marks & Spencer’s high-profile “shwopping” campaign…

TAILORED ATTACKS against small businesses, an increase in mobile security threats and the prevalence of worms for which there…

EUROPEAN CENTRAL Bank chief Mario Draghi called on EU leaders to follow the stability treaty with a new pact to promote economic…

TWO LETTER.ie internet domains, such as hp.ie or bt

OWJO, THE Dublin start-up specialising in simplifying ecommerce, has signed a partnership with Roadrunner Records, a subsidiary…

START-UP NATION: Dublin-based mobile app developer Furiious Tribe

Ireland must meet its contractual commitments on promissory notes issued in respect of Anglo Irish Bank, the head of the European…

Some of the 800 allowances currently paid to public servants, costing the State €1

PHARMACEUTICAL GROUP Mylan is to create 500 jobs in Dublin and Galway over the next five years following a €380 million investment(...)

IN A COLD warehouse in Dublin’s docklands, a bunch of casually dressed techies are milling around upturned oil barrels on which…

500 jobs for Dublin and Galway

Pharmaceutical group Mylan is to create 500 jobs in Dublin and Galway over the next five years following a €380 million investment(...)

PRETAX PROFITS at Microsoft’s main Irish subsidiary fell by 58 per cent last year to €593 million despite an 18 per cent jump…

HOUSEHOLD AND mortgage debt is a serious issue for Irish banks and proposals on how to deal with it will have to be considered…

GOOGLE HAS introduced a major redesign of its Google+ social network which, it says, accelerates “efforts to create a simpler…

ABOUT 20 per cent of businesses that were supplied with Eircom wireless routers which had a security flaw have not taken steps…

PETERBOROUGH UNITED, the English Championship football club owned by Dublin-born businessman Darragh MacAnthony, has reported…

OPINION: BARRING AN adverse ruling by the Competition Authority, the €45

FORGET YOUR smartphone – if internet giant Google has its way, we could all soon be wearing smart glasses.

AT 11:30pm on a fresh spring evening recently a small queue was forming outside the Currys PC World store in Swords

BSKYB, THE satellite broadcaster and telecoms provider controlled by media baron Rupert Murdoch, has expressed an interest in…

WITH CURAM Software and NewBay selling recently for significant multiples of its investment, Fidelity Growth Partners Europe …

THE NEW iPad may be the third iteration of Apple’s record breaking device but that hasn’t cooled the ardour of fans as people…

The new iPad may be the third iteration of Apple’s record breaking device but that doesn’t seem to have cooled the ardour of …

THE Sunday Business Post reveals that US property investors Kennedy Wilson has agreed to purchased the Alliance Building at the…

THE GOVERNMENT should establish a single internet portal providing information on all sources of funding for research and developm(...)

THE ENVIRONMENT at global investment bank Goldman Sachs has been described as “toxic and destructive” in a barbed attack by a…

THE LARGEST gathering to date of Irish and Irish-American technology executives in Silicon Valley will take place in California…

FREE INTERNET service is likely to be available in Dublin’s public spaces this summer following a positive assessment of the …

START-UP NATION: Dublin-based communications software company BriteBill

BT’S OPERATIONS in the Republic generated a pretax profit of €38

APPLE IS expected to unveil the third generation of its best-selling iPad tablet computer at an event in San Francisco next week…

Seen or heard

WEEKEND DIGEST: Flamboyant property developer Johnny Ronan requested that Nama officials fly to London to meet him for discussion(...)

TECHNOLOGY : How is the Internet Changing the Way You Think? Edited by John Brockman Atlantic Books, 408pp, £19.99

MICROSOFT HAS confirmed plans to expand its “mega data centre” in Dublin, investing an additional $130 million (€98 million) …

Microsoft has confirmed plans to expand its "mega data centre" in Dublin, investing an additional $130 million in the facility…

NEWSLINES : CORK-BASED Nomos Software has raised €500,000 in investment, and has appointed Iona Technologies co-founder and …

IN THE first jobs announcement of such a scale in many years, global online payments firm PayPal, which is owned by eBay, announce(...)

PAYPAL ESTABLISHED its Irish operations in 2003, the year after the US firm was acquired by the online auction giant eBay for…

TWITTER HAS promised to make changes to its privacy policies after admitting to uploading entire address books from users’ iPhones(...)

DUBLIN BUS is to begin a wireless internet trial on a number of buses from next week.

START-UP VETERAN Charlie Ardagh has launched his latest venture Trackalyse

With Windows Phone, Microsoft has come from a standing position to overtake its rivals

TECHNOLOGY FROM two Irish companies has been implicated in disrupting communications between protesters in Syria at the behest…

Eircom has withheld a €5.77 million coupon payment to its junior lenders, following a request from its senior bondholders.

AN ONLINE payments company set up by two Limerick-born brothers has raised $18 million in its latest round of funding.

An online payments company set up by two Limerick-born brothers has raised $18 million in its latest round of funding.

EIRCOM HAS agreed to withhold a €5

THREE IDA Ireland-backed firms have announced 485 new jobs at locations in Cork, Kildare, Galway and Sligo.

UNDERLYING THE skills shortage in the technology industry, the bulk of the 2,500 vacancies on offer at this weekend’s Career …

Three IDA Ireland-backed firms have announced the creation of a total of 485 new jobs at locations in Cork, Kildare, Galway and…

PROPERTY RELIEFS: MINISTER FOR Finance Michael Noonan has cited a fear of widespread insolvencies as justification for not procee(...)

DATA CENTRE developer Digital Realty Trust (DLR) has acquired a site in Dublin’s Profile Park and has received planning permission(...)

EXPORTS THROUGH Dublin Port grew by 2.8 per cent last year to 11

DUBLIN-BASED software company Profitero has been named as the IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year and winner of its SmartCamp…

EARLIER THIS week Bebo, the once dominant social network with one million Irish users, went offline, with its founder Michael…

MOVIDIUS, THE Dublin mobile semiconductor company, has signed a partnership with Toshiba Electronics Europe, that will see the…

TREEMETRICS, THE Cork start-up which has developed tools to measure the potential yield of growing forests, has signed up Internet(...)

Social networking giant Facebook has lodged documents for a public floatation which will raise at least $5 billion for the Califor(...)

SOCIAL NETWORKING giant Facebook last night lodged documents for a public floatation which will raise at least $5 billion for…

ANALYSIS: A document which is deleted may still exist elsewhere on the web

TWITTER CO-FOUNDER Biz Stone has emerged as one of the investors who are backing Irish software start-up Intercom to the tune…

THE RELATIVELY benign weather between Christmas and the new year was heaven-sent for hard-pressed retailers but it presented …

BLUEFACE, THE internet telephony provider, will launch a mobile phone service at the end of next month, having struck a deal …

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has emerged as one of the investors who are backing Irish software start-up Intercom to the tune…

LEGISLATION TO tighten up Irish copyright law will “balance the rights of copyright holders and individual internet users”, accord(...)

ANALYSIS: WHY ARE international hackers so exercised by an unpublished piece of Irish legislation that they stayed up on Tuesday…

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