On the promenade at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset: Britain like Ireland has experienced heavy rain with parts of the country shipping a fortnight’s rain in 24 hours at the weekend. Photograph: PA

It is safe to pack away your suncream as the final days of summer are set to be cool and cloudy with heavy showers, according to Met Éireann. Althoug(...)

The Charente river at Jarnac: a town of grandiose sandstone buildings, Cognac warehouses and pretty streets

It was late evening on day three of a cruising trip down the River Charente. The sun had finally come out as we passed through the last lock and en(...)

Waterford airport. The regional airport, along with those of Donegal, Kerry and Knock, could get up to €42.5m in State handouts over the next four years

Regional airports Donegal, Kerry, Knock and Waterford could receive up to €42.5 million in State handouts over the next four years under two aid schem(...)

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The Big Grill Festival will set Dublin’s Herbert Park alight this weekend, running from Thursday afternoon until late Sunday night. The festival of(...)

‘I have wrestled with death,” Joseph Conrad wrote in Heart of Darkness. “It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine.” For fiction writers de(...)

One of the fish killed when a spillage of concentrated detergent at Alma Hygiene’s premises on Bannow Road, Cabra, caused a leak into a storm drain at Finglas Road Bridge on July 22nd and 23rd, 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Green Party has welcomed the conviction of a company for pollution that killed 5,000 fish in Dublin’s river Tolka in July last year. Alma Hygiene (...)

The Library Gardens Apartments in Berkeley, California, before the balcony collapse which killed five Irish J-1 students and one Irish-American student. Photograph: Google Maps

Where did the water come from? That’s the question. It is six weeks since the balcony collapse at an apartment block in Berkeley that killed fi(...)

Mick Harford, district parks officer with Dublin City Council in St Anne’s Rose Gardens in Raheny. Photographs: Richard Johnston

If you’re a dedicated rose-lover, then perhaps you already know the story of ‘Peace’. An aristocrat amongst rose cultivars which celebrates its 80th b(...)

Derek Quinlan, for chairman of Quinlan Private outside Claridges in London in 2006. Photographer Alan Weller/Bloomberg

Derek Quinlan, one of Ireland’s most prolific property financiers in the boom years, was appearing before the banking inquiry on Thursday. Mr Quinlan,(...)

Denis O’Brien: he founded Digicel  in Jamaica in 2001, the company has grown across the Caribbean, central America and the south Pacific. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Denis O’Brien’s Digicel’s planned flotation is a signal that the business has arrived at a crossroads. Since he founded it with the launch of a new mo(...)