Cyclists take part in the Mallorca 312, a long-distance circumnavigation of the island by bike. Photographs: Mallorca312.com

‘This,” says one of my lycra-clad colleagues, “is what cycling is made for.” He waves a gloved hand in the direction of the sky (perfect blue), the(...)

 Tony Kelly is still Clare’s Mr Reliable what is now a mis-firing forward line. Photograph: James Crombie

This is a big weekend because the Munster championship is starting but how important is the actual outcome of tomorrow’s Clare- Limerick match in T(...)

Polling stations are set to close after the referendums and byelection in Ireland on May 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:11

Turnout for the same sex-marriage referendum and the referendum to reduce the age eligibility for presidential candidates was higher in urban areas on(...)

Niall Toibin   at a ceremony in Cork city hall where he was bestowed with  the Freedom of the City of Cork  in recognition of his lifetime contribution to film, stage and television. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Actor and comedian Niall Tóibín has been awarded the Freedom of Cork in recognition of his film, television and stage work.Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mar(...)

Newly-married couple Anne Fox (nee Cole) and Vincent Fox cast their votes in Dublin in  the referendum on their wedding day. Photograph: Getty 0:48

Turnout in the first national referendum to legalise same-sex marriage and on the age of candidates for the presidency has been reported at more than (...)

Several locations have received more notifications for adverse weather so far this year than they did in the whole of 2013. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

It’s official: the wet and windy southwest has endured the wildest weather since Met Éireann’s colour-coded warning system was introduced in 2012.Data(...)

Naas town: The announcement of Kerry Group’s new facility and 900 new jobs to the town broke the back of the recession. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Of the seven latest housing developments in Co Kildare, four are located in Naas, with 196 new properties being developed in the town, compared to (...)

Sarah Phelan (6) with Lighthouse Keeper Gerald Butler from Galley Head lighthouse in The National Maritime Museum of Ireland Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Safe navigation may be their primary purpose, but 12 working lighthouses around the Irish coast are about to open their weather-beaten doors for overn(...)

The number of existing active camera zones is 727 across the country’s roads and while 50 existing locations are being removed, some 370 new locations are being identified. Photograph: Frank Miller

More than 300 new locations, the majority on local and regional roads, are to be targeted by mobile speed cameras, and local authorities have been ask(...)

A man jailed for life for the murder of a Brazilian national whose body was discovered in a boghole outside Listowel, Co Kerry, three years ago faces a retrial following a successful appeal against conviction. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

A man jailed for life for the murder of a Brazilian national whose body was discovered in a boghole outside Listowel, Co Kerry, three years ago faces (...)