Killybegs mackerel skipper Martin Howley

Tributes have been paid to pioneering mackerel skipper, Donegal-based businessman and fishing industry leader Martin Howley who has died after a short(...)

Killorglin: where a goat is  king for three days. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

From today the centuries old festival Puck Fair takes place in the Kerry town of Killorglin, where a goat will be king for three days. While the role (...)

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

Marijuana enthusiasts gather after midnight to celebrate the legalisation of recreational use of marijuana in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Steve Dipaola/Reuters

Crowds counted down the minutes to midnight then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday and the legalisation movement (...)

President of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP Rachel Dolezal. Ms Dolezal’s parents have claimed that she has been falsely portraying herself as black. Photograph: Spokane NAACP website

A civil rights leader in the US state of Washington has been falsely portraying herself as black for years, her parents have said. Rachel Dolezal (37)(...)

Tokyo Electric Power Co said there were no abnormalities at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant following the quake. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

A strong earthquake with magnitude of 7.8 has been recorded off Japan. The earthquake happened off the Bonin Islands, also known as the Ogasawara Isl(...)

Shell believes Arctic production can be competitive if the reserves it finds are large enough

Oil reserves that Royal Dutch Shell hopes to find in the Arctic are unlikely to be brought into production before the 2030s because of the difficulty (...)

Greenpeace activists on the Polar Pioneer drill rig in the Pacific Ocean.  Photograph: Reuters/Vincenzo Florama/Greenpeace

Six Greenpeace activists have rappelled down from an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean after spending six days living on the structure to protest against d(...)

A pig making an effort. Happy April fool’s day. 1:21

There is a long and storied history of April’s fools day jokes. Some are brilliantly believable, others, well, perhaps less so. Below are some of o(...)

 Adi Roche with Dr Igor Polivenok, of Kharkiv General Hospital, one of the international team of ‘flying doctors’ performing life-saving operations on critically-ill children in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine

The national surgical institute in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, grapples with the same problems as countless other hospitals across the country and(...)