Donald Trump:  like a smoker or an alcoholic, he has surrounded himself with bad friends, known as enablers. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

I have had patients like Donald Trump and I suppose every doctor has had them too. He is like a newly diagnosed diabetic, and not just because he is o(...)

Without action on climate change experts believe polar bears will  disappear from much of the Arctic. Photograph: Josh Haner/ New York Times

Climate change continues to advance, with new data from two US government research bodies declaring 2016 to have been the hottest year on record. Thi(...)

 Astronaut Eugene Cernan has died aged 82. Photograph: Nasa/AP

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon, has died aged 82. He died on Monday following continuing health issue(...)

Niamh McCoy: “You can’t get a more authentic experience than coming here to the museum and going to a match.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The GAA Museum is fronted by Paul Ferriter’s imposing statue of the association’s founder, Michael Cusack (1847-1906), who – as an educator and cultur(...)

Family adventure holidays The big trend for family holidays in 2017 is adventure and activity-based breaks, including camping, cycling and theme-p(...)

Holly is an important food source for certain mammals in winter as it is evergreen and it produces its fruit through the winter.

Winter doesn’t bite so hard in Ireland. Except that is, on the Dartry and Derryveagh mountains of the northwest. Conditions are tough and, as in many (...)

My old dad  left me his restless work ethic, along with a dodgy heart. Armed with both, I’ve been sorting the seeds for another year in the polytunnel

Besides his widely quoted line about the malignity of your mum and dad, Philip Larkin wrote waspishly about the end game of growing old: “What do th(...)

Phil Lynott, lead singer  Thin Lizzy,  died on January 4th, 1986. He was 35. Photograph:  Eric Luke

– Phil Lynott, lead singer with Irish rock band Thin Lizzy (below), died on January 4th. He was 35 years old.–Jennifer Guinness, wife of Guinness Maho(...)

US president-elect Donald Trump:  his tendency to disregard facts in favour of opinion is most obvious in matters of science, but it is just as worrying in areas such as economics and foreign policy.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

What was the most significant event of 2016 for scientists? For physicists, perhaps the detection of gravitational waves by the Ligo experiment, a stu(...)

Donald Trump releases his medical records – on TV. By some estimates, the president-elect benefited to the tune of more than $5bn worth of free airtime. Photograph: Sony Pictures Television

As the Trump team unveiled plans to eliminate Nasa research on climate change, one senior scientist noted that this would be like “ripping out the air(...)