A massive wildfire rages near Anzac, a hamlet 48 km southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Photograph: Chris Schwarz/EPA

A catastrophic wildfire that has forced all 88,000 residents to flee Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada exploded tenfold in size on Thursday, cutting of(...)

Wildfire raging through the Fort McMurray earlier this week. Weather conditions are making it more difficult to extinguish the fire. Photograph: Jerome Garot/EPA/Twitter

A huge wildfire near Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, that has grown to five times its initial size has spread south, forcing more evacuations on Thu(...)

A picture provided by Twitter user @jeromegarot  shows a wildfire raging through the town of Fort McMurray, Canada, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/Twitter/Jerome Garot

Walls of flame driven by strong, shifting winds raged out of control in and around the evacuated city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, where firefighters we(...)

A picture provided by Twitter user @jeromegarot shows a wildfire raging through the town of Fort McMurray, Canada. Photograph: Jerome Garot/EPA/Twitter.com

A massive wildfire has forced the evacuation of three more communities south of Canada’s main oil sands city. Officials with the Rural Municipality o(...)

John MacBride, Anne MacBride and Dan MacBride pictured at the Garden of Remembrance, Dublin. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

The centenary of the Easter Rising has led to the largest ever gathering of the MacBride clan. Major John McBride was one of the 16 leaders of the E(...)

Fr Joseph Mallin, son of Michael Mallin, with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern at Kilmainham Gaol in 2006. Now aged 102 and living in Hong Kong, Fr Mallin was this week awarded the freedom of  Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Patrick Pearse’s closest relative and the nephew of a famous RAF flying ace are among those who will be attending this weekend’s Easter Rising commemo(...)

The outside of La Loche Community School is shown on Friday January 22nd. Photograph: Joshua Mercredi/The Canadian Press via AP

Sudden deaths in La Loche, Saskatchewan, where shootings at two locations left four people dead and seven wounded on Friday, are an all too familiar (...)

Holders of Irish driving licences can now exchange them for local licences in six out of 10 Canadian provinces. Photograph: Thinkstock

Irish driving licences will be recognised in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, and their licences recognised here, under a new deal reached between(...)

Nicky O’Brien with her family at Lake Louise in Alberta: ‘It feels so special to be a returning emigrant at home for two weeks.’

Christmas as a returning emigrant is heightened. It is Christmas squared. It is action packed, running from the panto to the pub, from restaurants to (...)

The recruitment embargo introduced by the HSE in 2009 meant there were  no staff jobs in the health service for the 1,500 nurses and 727 doctors graduating each year. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The recruitment embargo introduced by the HSE in 2009 meant there were absolutely no staff jobs in the health service for the 1,500 nurses and 727 (...)