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(...)

Protester Kenneth Hanlon outside Mountjoy Prison during a demonstration over the imprisonment of  water charges demonstrators. Photograph: PA

Jailed water charge protesters can free themselves simply by undertaking to abide by court orders not to interfere with meter installers, a High Court(...)

The people have been arrested in Lanzarote in connection with an investigation into a smuggling and money laundering ring. Photograph: Getty

Spanish police have arrested two former IRA members who they believe were leading a smuggling and money laundering ring.The pair were arrested in Lanz(...)

Stock image of a Ryanair flight. A co-pilot for the airline was praised when he carried out an emergency landing after his captain passed out.

A Ryanair co-pilot who performed an emergency flight landing after the captain passed out has been commended for his actions in a report.The Air Accid(...)

The recent good summer and benign autumn weather in September has led to a massive increase in Ireland’s spider population, according to experts in arachnids. Photograph: The Irish Times

The good summer and benign autumn weather in September has led to a massive increase in Ireland’s spider population, according to experts in arachnids(...)

Aidan O’Brien: Ballydoyle handler’s Great War could finish only fifth to Baitha Alga when sent off 5 to 6 favourite in the Norfolk Stakes at Ascot. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

The Great War is among 12 declarations as he attempts to redeem his reputation in the Portland Place Properties July Stakes at Newmarket tomorrow.Aida(...)

Emergency services are seen on the Playa Paraiso beach on Tenerife. Two women drowned off the coast of the island after being swept out to sea.   1:05

A consultant obstetrician is one of two women who drowned off the coast of Tenerife after reportedly getting into difficulty as they attempted (...)

Thomas Cook chief executive Harriet Green who took over 16 months ago

Thomas Cook raised its revenue and cost-cutting targets in the latest stage of a profit-boosting turnaround at the world’s oldest travel firm. The tou(...)

Michael Noonan: “I have a suspicion that the legitimate trade is involved in the production of illicit cigarettes as well.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan believes the tobacco trade could be complicit in the sale of illegal cigarettes.“I have a suspicion that the legit(...)

 Christmas at Solis Lough Eske

My parents and I are looking at the possibility of spending three days over the Christmas in a hotel in Ireland – from Christmas Eve to St Stephen’(...)