A hardy annual:  A man in a Santa hat takes the plunge at the 2014  Christmas Day Swim at the Forty Foot. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dozens gathered at the waters edge at Sandycove’s Forty Foot for the annual Christmas Day swim. While temperatures were nowhere near the minus (...)

Howth SAC president Terry Doyle (centre) presenting the master angler cups to Tom McAdam (left, boat winner) and Jason Perry (right, shore winner) at the annual awards presentation in Howth Angling Centre

Ice delayed the start of the final winter league competition last weekend at Annamoe Trout Fishery in Co Wicklow. As competitors arrived they were tre(...)

Shoppers in Hong Kong:  BlackRock, Macquarie Group and Millennium Capital Management former employees are planning a hedge fund based in the city. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

BlackRock, Macquarie Group and Millennium Capital Management former employees are planning a Hong Kong-based hedge fund which will use computer models(...)

Pat Donlon,  with her daughter Sinéad Kelly, granddaughter Emma Kelly and Frank Young at  Phelim Donlon’s funeral,  at the Church of St John the Baptist, Blackrock, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Phelim Donlon loved this time of year, his wife, Pat, recalled at the end of his funeral Mass in the Church of St John the Baptist, Blackrock, Dubl(...)

On a high: the continued advance of equities means one influential strategist sees almost no value in the US market and precious little elsewhere.Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The US stock market is “hideously expensive,” according to James Montier, an influential strategist with GMO, a global investment management firm bas(...)

My widowed mother has given myself and three other children savings to hold for her in case it is needed in emergency. The four of us are each holding(...)

Heineken beer on sale at the bargain price of €2.95 at the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

A number of Dublin publicans are known to have raised concerns with Heineken about the pricing of its beer at JD Wetherspoon’s prior to the high-pr(...)

Blackrock library is a mix of old and contemporary, three buildings  linked by a new block along the back of the site

While it may be imperative to keep quiet in libraries, there is no need for them to be sombre, joyless settings. Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Coun(...)

Heineken beer on sale at the bargain price of €2.95 at the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

JD Wetherspoon’s high-profile bust-up with Heineken over the supply of beer to its new Forty Foot venue in Dún Laoghaire had been – excuse the pun – b(...)

Sign outside the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock Co Dublin - a wetherspoons pub, showing discounted beer prices including Heineken. Photograph:Frank Miller /The Irish Times

British pub chain JD Wetherspoon has controversially dropped Heineken and Murphy’s stout following a row over the supply of beer to its new Dún Laogha(...)