Handout photo showing snow at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport. Photograph via twitter

Wild and wintry weather has swept the UK, with travellers left stranded as heavy snow covered roads and forced two airports to close.Many motorists si(...)

Fr Ned Dowling: known informally as ‘the Colonel’.

Born Edward Dowling – in 1886 in Slieverue, Co Kilkenny – but always known as Ned, he was the son of schoolteachers William and Catherine Dowling. He (...)

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(...)

GAA President Liam O’Neill with Home to Hurl players Kevin Maher, on his arrival home from Melbourne, and fellow members of the Gornahoe Glengoole hurling team in Tipperary who have also arrived home  for the charity match. Photograph: Alan Betson

Meet a GAA player who flies 10,000 miles across the world for a single game and you meet a spirit of determination. It is the lure of a winter’s match(...)

Robbie Keane wants to keep scoring goals and prove to Martin O’Neill he should be Ireland’s first-choice striker. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Robbie Keane has all but ruled out a mid-winter return to the Premier League with the 34-year-old saying he is extremely tempted by the offers he has (...)

Pope Francis saluting prelates at the end of the audience of the Curia  at the Vatican in Rome today. In October 2009 the Vatican announced new ecclesiastical structures to absorb Anglicans disaffected by liberalising moves in their Communion. Photograph: EPA/L’Osservatore Romano

A Catholic parish priest who has left the ministry to marry will this week be replaced in his English parish by a married priest with three children. (...)

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(...)

Explorer Ernest Shackleton seen in Antarctica in 1909. He made three expeditions to the Antarctic, but is best known for the ‘Endurance’ expedition of 1914-1916 when the ship became trapped in the ice and Shackleton and five colleagues made an epic journey to South Georgia to seek rescue. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland should “reclaim Ernest Shackleton as an Irish hero” by erecting a monument to him in the country of his birth, according the author of a new b(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

Honor asks what the fock we’re doing here. There’s literally no Christmas cheer in the girl, even though it’s only however many days to go until th(...)

Which one of us doesn’t like to settle down by the fire of a winter’s night, a glass of mulled wine and a great gardening book in hand? With that t(...)