Ann Murphy with her friend Franka on a sledding trip. ‘Secretly you find yourself starting to miss the rain, the ham sandwiches, the Club Orange and everything you once loftily declared provincial. The rules and regulations are driving you mad. And they talk on the phone about flooding, factories closing, water charges... and it all sounds blissful.’

I laughed hysterically the first time somebody called me Frau Murphy, but that is who I have become. To be an emigrant is to be an enigma, shrouded(...)

Surf’s up: Allan Mulrooney and Kian Egan grew up in the same housing estate. Allan was able to guide Kian into the world of surfing, which helped him escape the sometimes bewildering whirlwind of Westlife’s success.

The idea was a simple one: combine a reunion for a bunch of best mates who hadn’t seen each other in a while with something we all like to do: surf(...)

Carl Frampton of Northern Ireland celebrates after his victory over Chris Avalos of USA for the IBF Super Bantamweight World Title at Odyssey Arena on February 28th in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

He unites the people of the North in a way politicians can only dream of.World champion boxer Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton is riding high after retainin(...)

Anita Harvey and  Barry Noone were married in the bride’s local church, St Caimin’s in Mountshannon. Photograph: Charlie McGeever

Each Saturday on irishtimes.com/weddings we'll report on couples’ love stories .We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabulous weddin(...)

Ruth Barry (36), of Moy Elta Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, was found guilty by a jury of cutting the face and causing serious injury to Ms Bray on O’Connell Street on June 25th, 2010.

A woman who attacked award-winning journalist Jennifer Bray on O’Connell Street five years ago has had her appeal against conviction dismissed by the (...)

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MATCHA TEA €17.95 for 30g, €598 per kg This really is the real deal. A small shot has all the goodness of 16 cups of regular green tea and com(...)

Irish man Patrick Lyttle has walked out of a Sydney hospital, a month after he was left on life support after allegedly being punched by his brother Barry.

Irish man Patrick Lyttle has walked out of a Sydney hospital, a month after he was left on life support after allegedly being punched by his brother B(...)

Hidden Cyclone, ridden by Andrew McNamara, moved up to the winner’s enclosure in the Boylesports Tied Cottage Chase. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

No one can accuse Hidden Cyclone of being a quick learner, but the 10-year-old heads to Cheltenham’s Queen Mother Champion Chase on the back of an (...)

Anti-water charges protesters take part in a demonstration organised by the Cork Says No group through the centre of Cork city.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Several thousand people braved driving sleet and rain in Cork to march against the proposed water charges due for introduction later this year.Gardaí (...)

 Kerry under-21 manager Darragh Ó Sétook charge against IT Tralee.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

IT Tralee 4-12 Kerry 0-16 Kerry were well beaten by an IT Tralee team, well advanced in their Sigerson preparations, in a high-scoring McGrath Cup qua(...)