A vicar’s tea party list of storms will  kick off the year, while a weather system named after a 7th century saint will end it. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Future perfect – Frank McNally previews 2016 through a (slightly cracked) crystal ball: January: There is no let-up in the weather, as storms Gertrud(...)

 An almost submerged car   in a flooded area of Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Leitrim.  Photograph: Eric Luke The Irish Times

Water levels appear to be stabilising across much of the Shannon river system although authorities have warned that the flood situation still remains(...)

Competitors in the Senior Class at last year’s contest. Photograph: Eric Luke

It is already being billed as the biggest ever National Ploughing Championships and the 83rd event hasn’t even started.The championships get under wa(...)

It’s that time of the year again... File photograph: Frank Miller

1. The Rose of Tralee festival is gearing up and will appear on your telly for two days next week. It is enough to give you that sinking feeling that (...)

Pedestrians dash through torrential rain along the Millennium Bridge, Southwark, London. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Don’t put away your umbrellas just yet because it is going to be unseasonably cool and rainy until Friday.Met Éireann meteorologist Jean Byrne said th(...)

Jack White: takes the long way around every song. Photograph: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

** Blue is the colour at Jack White’s Kilmainham gig: blue backdrop, blue suits and blue guitars to match the cover art of his second solo alb(...)

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(...)