Niall Merriman: “I needed about 60 pints of blood in the surgery. I’m told it was enough to fill a normal person three times over.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Medical experts have appealed to members of the public to give blood over the coming days as supplies are in danger of reaching critically low levels(...)

Walk in a winter wonderland
  • Travel
  • December 20, 2014, 06:00

Tis the season when even the sun empathises with the national mood and becomes a tardy riser. It is also the time when many of us fantasise about c(...)

Snowy conditions  in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Summer is for the outdoors. Then, as the sun becomes a late riser, most of us sadly retreat fireside. Sure you’d be crazy to go rambling with all t(...)

Clare winner: the sun sets over Kilkee. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cillian Murphy sits at the bar of the Stella Maris Hotel in Kilkee. Outside, the curved strand is taking a pounding from the Atlantic Ocean, providing(...)

The Fermanagh lakelands, Co Fermanagh

The judges of The Irish Times Best Place to Holiday in Ireland competition have selected an initial longlist of 25 locations. They include tourist-(...)