Mary Berry in Dublin recently. “I know the subject of baking and I’ve just got to be fair, encourage them [the Bake Off contestants] and try to say something nice even when it’s pretty awful”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times 4:58

Mary Berry is very polite and very proper. “Oh, I’d never put my elbows on the table,” she says, when the Irish Times photographer asks her to lean(...)

A training exercise of a simulated helicopter crash in the National Maritime College of Ireland. The college in Ringaskiddy and SEFtec in Carrigaline have worked together to design, manufacture, develop and operate the Grupo Stier training centre in Las Palmas. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Offshore survival training at one of southern Europe’s rapidly developing oil and gas hubs is to be provided by the National Maritime College of Irel(...)

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.

Click here to enter our Wave Rider Reunion competition The idea was a simple one: combine a reunion for a bunch of best mates who hadn’t seen e(...)

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(...)