Ireland’s 136 identified bathing waters now have to meet standards almost twice as strict as those which previously applied. Three-quarters of Irish bathing waters qualified for the new classification of “excellent’’ quality. File photograph:  Thinkstock/Getty Images

A total of 94 per cent of Irish bathing waters are meeting stricter new EU standards, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said.“Overall, the(...)

Wexford rider Bertram Allen in action. Allen is on course for success at the Longines FE1 World Cup, one penalty point behind the leaders heading into Sunday’s final round. File photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Wexford’s Bertram Allen remains on course to become the first Irish winner of the Longines FEI World Cup show jumping final, despite narrowly failing (...)

Recently described by Philip King as “the still centre at the heart of The Frames”, it’s easy to overlook Colm Mac Con Iomaire’s substantial b(...)

President John F Kennedy travels in an open-top car along Forster Street, Galway city in June 1963. Photograph: Stan Shields

Gardaí were instructed to get a haircut, wear their best uniform, look “first-class” and monitor suspicious Russian journalists during the visit of Pr(...)

Members of the TUI remain opposed to many aspects of the reform proposals advnaced by Dr Padraic Travers, particularly an oral communication project for second year students. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Secondary school teachers will undertake a national lunchtime protest over Junior Cycle concerns later this month and unions will picket centres where(...)

Detail from Good Bye To all That by Mick O’Dea

Last year the painter Mick O’Dea approached me to ask if I would contribute a short text to a publication on three of his exhibitions at the Kevin (...)

Smoking in bed was highlighted as a particular risk. Photograph: Haydn West/PA

  A disproportionately high percentage of pensioners die in house fires in the State, according to a review of a decade of statistics on f(...)

The Stations of the Cross will take place in various spots in the south east – starting with a litany in Waterford Church of Ireland cathedral at 7.30am.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is a (railway) Stations of the Cross event like no other, involving Iarnród Éireann, the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, an(...)

The Maldron is a 3-star hotel located at Barntown, Wexford

Hotel group Dalata has entered into an agreement to acquire the Maldron Hotel Wexford for €3.53 million in cash.The Maldron is a 3-star hotel located (...)

Cork’s Séamus Harnedy eludes Wexford’s Daithí Waters and Eoin Conroy at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork 0-18 Wexford 0-14 Inspired by Patrick Horgan, Cork overturned a six-point interval deficit to see off Wexford and book a place in the semi-final (...)