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(...)