‘A skiing holiday? You? Really?” Incredulity was the common response when I told friends I was off for a week to the French Alps. To be fair, their do(...)

A Facebook page affiliated with Islamic State shows the group’s militants in Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Rased News Network, via AP

In June a leaked internal memo from the US State Department admitted Islamic State was winning the war online. The New York Times reported the IS’s “v(...)

A body from an Indonesian capsized boat victim carried by Malaysian rescuers. Photograph: Malaysian Enforcement Angency/EPA/handout

Sixty-one bodies have been recovered from an overloaded wooden boat which sank off Malaysia carrying dozens of Indonesian illegal immigrants, maritime(...)

The couple were married on June 26th, in a humanist ceremony, in the walled garden of Trudder Lodge, Co Wicklow.

Hilary O’Hagan (32), head chef at 3FE coffee and owner of Blas Catering company, and Conor Brennan (33), a music technology lecturer at IADT Dún La(...)

They were married in July in an outdoor humanist ceremony, in Kinsale, Co Cork.

Róisín (31), a legal recruiter who grew up in Ardclough, Co Kildare met Welshman Greg (34), director of his recruitment business, in London, where (...)

Rescuers carry a body recovered from a capsized boat at a jetty in Hutan Melintang, near Teluk Intan, Malaysia. Photograph: Reuters

An overloaded wooden boat believed to be carrying dozens of Indonesian migrants sank off the coast of Malaysia on Thursday, killing at least 14 people(...)

Anti-government protesters in Malaysia. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, joining anti-government protesters for a second day on Sunday, has called for a “people’s power” movement to(...)

Crew members and participants in Safe Haven Voyages on board the ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’, docked in Cork city. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Before last Monday, Victor Springbok had never been on a boat. A week later, the 22-year-old knows how to steer a vessel through “wild Atlantic wat(...)

A member of the military wipes his face during rehearsals for Independence Day, or Merdeka Day, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia celebrates Independence Day on August 31st. Photograph: Reuters

Malaysian authorities have blocked access to the website of a civil society group that called for massive anti-government demonstrations this weekend,(...)

  Traders shout out their orders as they work in the S&P 500 options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

The FTSE 100 Index slumped more than 100 points on Wednesday, wiping more than £30 billion off the combined value of blue-chip firms, after a volatile(...)