A runner battles through a heavy snow shower in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Yesterday may have heralded the beginning of spring, according to some, but the weather will remain wintry due to a cold air mass from Canada bringin(...)

Professional surfer Andrew Cotton rides a large wave at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo. Photograph: Finn Mullen

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow! You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout . . . While coastal and island communities were seeking respite (...)

Rock and a hard place: Katie McAnena on Pe’ahi’s notorious shore and (right) windsurfing off Ho’okipa beach, also on Maui. Photogrpah: John Carter

When Sheila O’Connor was teaching her three-year-old granddaughter Katie to swim, she instilled in her a deep respect for the Atlantic rolling (...)

Katie McAnena windsurfs the Pe’ahi wave known as Jaws, off the Hawaiian island of Maui: “There were big gaps in the swell, so I timed it and it just seemed like it was right.” Photograph: John Carter

A Galway doctor has become one of the world’s first women to windsurf the infamous Hawaiian wave known as “Jaws”. Dr Katie McAnena (26), (...)