A runner battles through a heavy snow shower in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Yesterday may have heralded the beginning of spring, according to some, but the weather will remain wintry due to a cold air mass from Canada bringin(...)

Professional surfer, Connor Maguire from Bundoran, Co Donegal catching one of the biggest waves of the day at Mullaghmore. Photograph: Finn Mullen

As rugby fans flocked to the capital to watch the big game snow fell heavily across the city. Met Éireann had issued a yellow alert snow and ice warni(...)

Martin Green, who has died aged 82, was a writer, poet and publisher. Among the many books he encouraged as an editor at MacGibbon and Kee in the 1960(...)

Russian jets spotted off the coast of Cornwall. Getty

Britain said on Thursday it had scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to see two Russian long-range Bear bombers off the south coast of England the previous(...)

Soirse McDonagh (6), at the new West Cork Arts Centre. The centre  officially opened to the public this weekend, with the unveiling of Fourth Space, its inaugural exhibit. Photograph: Emma Jervis Photography

The “monolithic” new West Cork Arts Centre (WCAC) will have a powerful impact on the region, visitors at the building’s inaugural exhibit heard on Sat(...)

Alex Nash with his father Derek: a brown envelope with a £15.95 (€20.80) “no-show fee” was put in   Alex’s school bag. Photograph: Guardian/Apex/Lucy Davies

The parents of a five-year-old schoolboy have been invoiced for failing to attend a school friend’s birthday party and threatened with legal action (...)

Screen grab taken from Elton John’s Innstagram account of him and David Furnish signing paperwork as they officially marry. Photograph: Elton John/Instgram/PA Wire.

Elton John and David Furnish have been officially married, exactly nine years after they had their civil partnership ceremony.The veteran musician mar(...)

Clarke’s Soaps, handmade in Dublin

I could start off this week’s column with a Grinch-like list of gifts that the nation’s gardeners are hoping not to find under the tree this year ((...)

PD James’s  first novel was Cover Her Face (1962), which harked back to the cosy murders of the golden age, set in a country house with a body in a locked room and a cast including the vicar and a genial country doctor.

PD James, latterly Lady James of Holland Park, who has died aged 94, was the grande dame of the British crime novel. She was a link with the golden ag(...)

Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham

New documents released this week via the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden outline how Irish subsea telecommunications cables have(...)