Irish Roots

Those tea-towel maps that show the locations of Irish surnames have always seemed more than a bit absurd. Imagine giving directions based on them: “Ta(...)

Snow is seen in the garden of a house in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim on Saturday. Photograph: @rsmyth579 via Twitter

The cold snap continues across most parts of the country with Met Éireann issuing a yellow weather warning that will continue until 10 am on Monday. (...)

Oystercatchers perch above the waves – but how high will the waves come? Illustration: Michael Viney

Looking out at daybreak in the stormy prelude to Christmas, I was watching for “phenomenal” waves, as promised by the weatherfolk. Seen between batter(...)

A file image from earlier in December showing runners in  heavy frost in Richmond Park, south west London. Met Éireann and the Met Office have issued a weather  warning for today with snow and ice forecast. Photograph: PA. 0:32

A weather warning is in place with forecasters warning of snow in some areas this afternoon. The AA Roadwatch earlier reported snowfall in Granard, Co(...)

Inishturk islanders say they have no idea when the vacant nurse’s post will be filled permanently. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

The RNLI Clifden lifeboat was tasked to provide medical assistance to an elderly resident on Inishturk island off the Mayo coast on Tuesday night, jus(...)

Soldiers of the 5th London Rifle Brigade with German Saxon regimental troops at Ploegsteert Wood during the Christmas Truce in 1914. Photograph:  Popperfoto/Getty Images

On the Western Front on December 24th 1914, thousands of soldiers from the British Expeditionary Forces, which included men from all parts of the i(...)

Islanders say they have no idea when the vacant nurse’s post will be filled permanently. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

The exposed west coast island of Inishturk faces its first Christmas in decades without medical cover, due to a failure to fill its vacant nursing po(...)

Met Éireann has issued a rainfall warning for Connacht and Donegal on Tuesday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Heavy rain on Tuesday morning and afternoon brings the risk of localised flooding in parts of the country, but the mild temperatures and windy condit(...)

Parkton Mews in Enniscorthy, which was on eof the estates inspected in 2014. Photograph: Housing Agency/Department of the Environment

Some 992 housing developments throughout the State remain unfinished, a reduction of almost two thirds on the 2010 figure of just under 3,000.Minister(...)

Met Éireann has issued a rainfall warning for counties Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal with up to 50mm of rain forecast in the next 24 hours. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Met Éireann has issued a rainfall warning for counties Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal with up to 50mm of rain forecast in the next 24 hours.(...)