Alex Lowe reaches up to feel which tool will hold his weight, Great Sail Peak, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Canada. Photograph: Gordon Wiltsie/National Geographic/Getty Images

He was regarded as one of the greatest mountaineers of the modern era, lost in an ice avalanche on Shishapangma, in Tibet, 16 years ago. Now the body (...)

Emma Malla outside her workplace at the British School in Kathmandu.

It’s been one year since the earth shook violently under much of Nepal, destroying lives and damaging thousands of buildings in mere moments. The ep(...)

Clockwise from left, Susannagh Grogan orange and green ribbon print silk scarf, €195; Danielle Romeril green and white floral Akua skirt, €388; Bracken tie, €90 from bonagrew.com; Gold cluster earrings, €95 from Vivien Walsh, Monkstown; and Beauty in the Wild ring in fluorite and gold, €1,439 in solid gold from Chupi, Powerscourt Townhouse,  Dublin

Thursday is St Patrick’s Day and with it comes the traditional “wearing of the green”. The last five years have seen an explosion of talent in Irish (...)

A family member cries as he waits at the airport after a Twin Otter plane, operated by private Tara Air, crashed in bad weather in Pokhara, Nepal on Wednesday. Photograph: Krishna Mani Baral/Reuters

A small plane crashed during bad weather in Nepal on Wednesday, killing all 23 people on board, a police official said. The Twin Otter aircraft, oper(...)

 Arriving in Gevgelija: After their ordeals, many refugees are  content to wait a while in the southern Macedonia town where local and international aid groups offer food, clothes, medical help and other crucial services. Photograph: Boris Grdanoski/AP

It is late on a dank and foggy night in a transit camp for refugees in southern Macedonia, and the next train north won’t leave for several hours. Mo(...)

Brothers Pasang Tensing Sherpa and Mingma Tsiri Sherpa at the Cliffs of Moher. Photograph: Cian O’Brolchain

Multiply Croagh Patrick by 11 and a bit, and that’s the sort of environment that Mingma Tsiri Sherpa and six of his siblings spend their working days (...)

 Mary Lawlor, founder and director of Front Line Defenders: “Ireland and the EU must be as strong speaking up for human rights defenders in countries where they have political and strategic interests as they are when it comes to the usual suspects,” she said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 157 human rights activists were killed or died in detention in 25 countries last year, according to the advocacy group Front Line Defenders. T(...)

People look at damaged  houses after an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 hit  Imphal, India. Photograph: Reuters.

A powerful earthquake struck South Asia before dawn on Monday, killing at least nine people and injuring about 200. Efforts to rescue those trapped in(...)

The Khalifa Stadium in Doha which is  preparing to host some of the matches for the 2022 World Cup. In the summer, in Qatar, it can be 40 degrees for days on end. Death rates among Nepalis working in the Gulf are high. Photograph:   Getty Images

At first glance, the village of Dhaitar, about three hours by bus along a potholed road from Kathmandu, the capital of this impoverished, mountainous (...)

“We’re all different. That’s not a bad thing. That’s a good thing. And while it may not be easy to get past the things you don’t always understand, it is absolutely possible if we only do it together.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The kiss Senator Katherine Zappone shared with her partner Ann-Louise Gilligan after proposing live on television the day of the same-sex marriage ref(...)