Fionnuala Walsh trains off the west Clare coast

Fionnuala Walsh’s mother couldn’t swim, so she made sure her six children could. Growing up on the Shannon Estuary, the record-breaking long-distance(...)

Shane and Niall Murphy from Ballinteer jumping in support of Aquired Brain Injury Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dozens of hardy swimmers braved the cold conditions to take a morning plunge at Sandycove’s Forty Foot for the annual Christmas Day swim. With Met (...)

 Irish Water Safety says more people are planning to take a charity dip over  Christmas and new year   than during the best summer days, due to this year’s mild weather. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Christmas Day swimmers have been warned that a full moon will cause strong tidal streams and increase the strength and speed of rip currents around t(...)

Séamus McCarthy (Cork) and Fionnuala Quigley (Wexford)  who received the Seiko Just in Time and Rescue Appreciation Award along with Garda Brian O’Donnell, for rescuing an Indian tourist swept off Inis Mór. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A paramedic and his girlfriend who rescued a young tourist from the sea after she was swept off a cliff by a wave on the Aran Island of Inis Mór ha(...)

Seal of approval: they are amiable but keep your distance. Illustration: Michael Viney

The distant, Labradorian regard from a grey seal or two will furnish a holiday memory for many who walk the cliffs and coves of the Wild Atlantic Way (...)

Portuguese man o’war jellyfish. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The infamous Portuguese man o’war and other nasty species of jellyfish are expected to soon arrive on Irish shores. Last year there were a number of(...)

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is releasing two videos as part of a new drowning prevention campaign. Photograph: Getty Images/Design Pics

Dangerously unpredictable conditions in water and the impact of “cold shock” are themes of two hard-hitting film clips which the Royal National Lifebo(...)

Statistically, most drownings occur during bathing or walking along coastlines, according to a review for IWS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times/ File photo

When the moon is full and tides are high, the coastline can be a more hazardous location than being out to sea. Parts of the Atlantic seaboard are par(...)

Meadow area on the Shannon near Athlone. Irish Water Safety have warned of risks following death of 14-year-old who had been swimming in the river. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish Water Safety has made a plea to primary schools to teach basic water-safety skills in time for the summer, following the death of a 14-year-old (...)

Children run with their kites during the Dublin Kitefest at Dollymount beach in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Following a wet and miserable May, the sun is starting to peek out from behind the clouds and warmer temperatures set to continue into next week. Wed(...)