Singer David Gray continues his return to the Irish stage at the Groove Festival in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

TraidphicnicThe traditional arts and music festival with a difference takes place in An Spidéal,Co Galway this weekend.Traidphicnic is an access for a(...)

Cliche 18: ‘Enjoy the weather while you can. Rain will be returning next week.’ Photograph: LOSW/Getty

It has been an exceptionally warm and sunny week in Ireland – except, as the northern part of the country has been reminded far too often for its liki(...)

Evelyn Cusack pictured at the National Maritime Museum in Dun Laughaire ahead of her talk this evening. Photograph: Margaret Brown

This past winter has been dreadful with the stormiest, wettest conditions in years, and yet overall we live in the best of conditions. The past(...)

Worked up: Met Éireann’s head of forecasting, Gerald Fleming, and the warming planet. Montage: Dearbhla Kelly/The Irish Times. Photographs: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times and Rob Atkins/Getty

Gerald Fleming is no placard-wielding radical. Met Éireann’s head of forecasting, who was famous for signing off his evening TV broadcasts with a wink(...)

Fred the dog, Chris Barry and his grandchild Isabella Byrne from Irishtown photographed enjoying the sunshine at the South Wall pier Ringsend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Tomorrow may be the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures predictee to climb as high as 29 degrees.Temperatures have gradually increased i(...)

Disclosure: Alan Shatter at a press conference this week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The air ringing with charges of murky deals and shady practices, Ireland’s image as a dynamic global competitor took such a hammering abroad th(...)