A file image of daffodils in a park. According to Met Éireann the Gurteen station in Co Tipperary saw a spell of ‘absolute drought’ during March. Photograph: PA

One weather station reported a period of “absolute drought” while most others saw below average rainfall during a cool, dry March. Met Éireann’s mont(...)

From left, Cormac Breathnach, a dictionary compiler; Stiofán Ó Fearail of the band Seo Linn; Bláthnaid Treacy of RTÉ 2FM; and actor Clíona Ní Chíosaín. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Bain trial aisti! Surprise yourself,” reads the Seachtain na Gaeilge tagline for 2016. Although most of us learned Irish from when we started school(...)

Outgoing Longford FG TD James Bannon: ‘There’s no sense of pride in one’s county when that happens. I don’t know why so many people went along and voted for Westmeath candidates or what they were thinking of.’ Photograph: Michelle Ghee

Longford- Westmeath There’s a very real prospect that Longford will emerge from this election without a TD, after a third of the county’s voters backe(...)

A retired garda who suffers  back pain after his patrol car was rammed in 2009 has been  awarded almost €49,000 in damages. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A 51-year-old retired garda who suffers ongoing back pain following an intentional ramming of his patrol car was on Monday awarded almost €49,000 in d(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Cllr Pat Casey has taken  a seat for the party in Wicklow. Photograph: Carl O’Brien.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have won the final two seats in Wicklow, while Renua has lost its last remaining Dáil deputy. Following the 10th count, Fin(...)

 UCD manager Nicky English: His side  are the outsiders of the semi-final quartet largely because they lack   well-known players but as a collective they have been extraordinarily strong. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

The Fitzgibbon Cup this weekend in Cork IT unusually sees no participants from the host city. It’s largely a Limerick invasion with all three college(...)

Robert Lennon is one of four changes Kilkenny have made for the Allianz Hurling game against Tipperary at Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny have made four changes to the team that lost the county’s opening match of the Allianz Hurling League to Waterford for Sunday’s game against (...)

UCD’s Jack McCaffrey won the Footballer of the Year award after his All-Ireland winning displays from wing back for Dublin last year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

This year’s Sigerson Cup final weekend takes place in Jordanstown with the outcome looking reasonably in the balance. University of Limerick caused (...)

Cork’s Brian Corcoran: played for up to a dozen different teams one year due to his proficiency in two codes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Next week’s annual GAA Congress will consider hugely significant rule changes, which can make major inroads on the problem of burnout and rationalisin(...)

Tipperary’s James Barry is brought out to centre back with Tomás Hamill getting a run at full back against Dublin at Thurles. Photograph: Alan Betson
Weekend GAA previews

SATURDAY (Matches at 7.0 unless stated) AIB All-Ireland club SFC semi-finals Ballyboden St Enda’s (Dublin) v Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary), O’(...)