Snow in the Horseshoe Valley, Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Snow falls in parts of North and North-West

The heaviest snowfalls are forecast over  counties in Connacht and in Ulster. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Road users warned over black ice as ‘polar low’ set to sweep across country on Friday

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney at the Fine Gael national party conference in Ballyconnell, Ireland November on Friday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Minister says ‘Sun’ article is ‘nonsense’ and says Government has been consistent

An Indian restaurant in Creeslough, Co Donegal was served a food closure order last month after  human excrement was found in an area where staff were preparing food.

Rat and mice droppings discovered by FSAI lead to closure of food outlets in Co Cork

Yulia and Clément Imbert: ‘Here is so different, people are very welcoming and kind’.  Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: French national Clément Imbert and his Russian wife Yulia love life in Ireland but say high tax, expensive hous(...)

Suellen Machado and her husband, Alexsandro Ribas: “I miss my family and friends but even my parents say, ‘oh, I prefer that you are in Ireland’ because Brazil is so dangerous now,” Suellen says. Photograph: Tom Honan

Suellen Machado and Alexsandro Ribou left Brazil in the midst of a deep political crisis

Director of marketing and communications at UCC Donna O’Driscoll  with her  husband Tony  and children Caitlín  and Conor.  Photograph:  Clare Keogh

Donna and Tony O’Driscoll moved from London to Cork three years ago for a better family life

Hurricane winds collapsed a stand at Turners Cross, Cork city during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork begins to assess damage as red warning remains in operation throughout the country

The driver was subsequently brought to court and given a €200 fine and a two year driving ban.

Motorist was driving at almost twice the speed limit when stopped by gardaí

This bird was seen dancing in Trinity College Dublin.

Gull seen tapping its feet on one of Trinity’s green areas

This could be you on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

It could be you that wins the €130 million lotto, but it probably won’t be

Syrian refugee Almuthna Loulah meets President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday. Photograph: Maxwells

‘He hugged me so strong, he was so warm and sweet,’ Almuthna Loulah says of President

The Debs: I was glad to see at least one tradition had survived – the naggins strapped to the leg

My sister’s grad reminds me that the days of getting pissed in a field are long gone

Towey town: Main Street Ballaghaderreen, Co Rocommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

I hear they’ve attracted quite the crowd of Toweys from all corners of the world

All north lanes are closed on the M50 at Junction 9 Red Cow following a five car crash. Photograph: Neil Coles

Emergency services at the scene while traffic slow from Firhouse and Finglas

Stephen and Jordan were exact replicas of the token country kid you see on The Late Late Toy Show every year. Photograph: Getty Images

Niamh Towey: The bog is a place of lore and they flock to it like lambs to the slaughter

I was reminded of that time in the school yard in first class when my best friend Majella informed me of how babies were really made. Photograph: Getty Images

Long gone are the days when he would switch off ‘7th Heaven’ for that part when the Dad was talking to the kids about the risks of(...)

Al, a Syrian refugee,  makes violins in his new workshop in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

Syrian crafting instruments in Ballaghaderreen after Mayo man donates workshop

Niamh Towey with her car, which now has a back window and a fully complete exhaust system

‘Why don’t ya tie it up with string?’ and other bad suggestions for car-tastrophes

Cystic Fibrosis campaigner Orla Tinsley. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fundraising page started for Orla Tinsley’s operation has gathered more than $50,000

Cystic Fibrosis campaigner Orla Tinsley is in need of a double lung transplant. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘My time is running out’: Cystic Fibrosis campaigner needs double lung transplant

Chris Quinn, who is from Greystones, joined the four-time Grand Slam winner on court after he suggested she should make a ‘body serve’. Photograph: Chris Quinn

'This kind of thing doesn’t happen at Wimbledon’, Chris Quinn says after tennis star identified him

The strict Wimbledon dress code meant Mr Quinn had to beat himself into a little white skirt and long sleeve top, courtesy of Clijsters. Photograph: Wimbledon/Youtube

Kim Clijsters invites Chris Quinn to try serve after he shouts suggestion from crowd

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and grime artist Stormzy.

‘Hands up, we got it badly wrong’: newspaper apologises for confusion in Monday’s article

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the then minister for health, holding Jace O’Rourke from Kildare at Crumlin Children’s Hospital in 2016. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Broadside: We overlook the role of modern Irish father in today’s society, something Leo Varadker might consider

Elbow at  Electric Picnic, 2012. The band released their latest album, ‘Little Fictions’, in February this year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The xx, Duran Duran and Chaka Khan headline this year’s sold-out festival

Robert Del Naja, singer of British band Massive Attack,  has not confirmed the recent allegations. Photograph: Sandro Cmpardo/EPA

UK DJ Goldie may have let slip identity of the elusive graffiti artist as member of Massive Attack

Game of Thrones Season 7 will air on Sky Atlantic on July 17th.

Despite the lack of specifics, one thing is clear: Season 7 ain’t gonna be pretty

The LÉ Eithne rescued 703 migrants from five inflatable boats about 83km off the North West coast of Tripoli on Friday. Photograph: Defence Forces

Irish navy vessel rescues 703 migrants from five inflatable boats off Tripoli coast

A Luas tram run through College Green on Saturday as testing begins on the new cross city Luas line which is due to fully open in December. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Restrictions in place around College Green and O’Connell Street as tram uses new line

A fire safety warning at Grenfell Tower. Photograph: Grenfell Action Group

Complaints of no fire alarm during blaze while official advice was to stay inside flat

Forbidden Fruit Festival 2017. Photograph: G McDonnell

Final day of bank holiday festival gets under way on Monday afternoon

Michael Keogh was shot after getting into his car in the the Sheridan Court flats complex on Dorset St. Photograph: Facebook

Keogh wrote on Facebook day before murder: ‘New job new start hopefully all goes well’

 Slane concert-goers battled the mudslides and opening skies at Gun N’Roses as the teeming rain really took hold. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Weather to stay hot but showery after week of glorious sunshine turns to torrential rain

A status orange rainfall warning is in place for Co Kerry and Co Cork. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘Unsettled, cool and changeable’ weather expected to last for the week

More than 10,000 people turned out for Darkness into Light in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

Communities come together for international suicide awareness event

Over 150,000 people are expected to take part in the Darkness into Light walks in Ireland. Photograph: Pieta House

‘Unprecedented level of support’ for suicide therapy charity sees stock of t-shirts run out

Artist Artur Bordalo created an art installation called Red Squirrel

Portuguese environmental artist Artur Bordalo creates 3D animals from city’s waste

Ballaghaderreen cigar-manufacturing plant ECMI will close in May and move its operations to Sri Lanka with a loss of 38 jobs. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Cigar plant will close in May and move operations to Sri Lanka with loss of 38 jobs

A screen grab from the positive test recorded at a Garda checkpoint in Dublin. Photograph: @GardaTraffic

Legislation makes it illegal to drive under influence of cannabis, cocaine or heroin

Exclusive Cigar Manufacturers Ireland  opened in Ballaghaderreen in 1978  and has been a large local employer since. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Business bought by Belgian company which is closing plant with 38 local employees

Workers on picket at Kent Train Station in Co Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Companies given ‘absolutely no notice’ of picketing, which NBRU says it did not sanction

Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a female Asian elephant calf. Photograph: Dublin Zoo

Calf is mother Dina’s third baby born at Dublin Zoo in the last three years

Meath County Council is sending the largest delegation of six to New York for St Patrick’s Day.

More than 50 representatives from 22 councils are travelling for St Patrick’s Day

Uniformed gardaí followed a man on foot to a nearby park after he fled his car in Collinstown.

Officer in first week of job involved in Collinstown chase; handgun recovered during search

Donald Trump tweeted in 2012: ‘Kate Middleton is great--but she shouldn’t be sunbathing in the nude--only herself to blame’

Trump said Kate Middleton had ‘only herself to blame’ after topless photos leaked in 2012

Several flights between Dublin and London have been cancelled on Monday morning due to freezing fog. File photograph: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

UK met office issues warning for ‘dense and freezing fog’ over London area on Monday

Prince George meets US President Barack Obama at Kensington Palace in London on April 22nd, 2016. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

His funniest and most charming moments from Joe Biden memes to #ObamaWithKids

Gardaí are investigating the ’unexplained death’ after an incident at a house in Bohola, Co Mayo, on December 28th.

‘Unexplained’ death of four-month-old at house in Bohola on December 28th investigated

Cars drive through snow on the A26 in Ballymena, Co Antrim. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

A status orange snow and ice warning is in place for many parts of Ireland

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon: “It is crucial that all sides of this debate show respect to these refugees,” says local resident Debbie Beirne.  “The people themselves should never be seen as the problem.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon

Roscommon town expecting up to 200 Syrians stands ready to help, but needs support

Safe space? “I found my hyperventilating father cowering in the shed, pretending to get turf.” Photograph: Getty

A day marking the birth of Jesus is often more like the Second Coming than the first

Clarins Relaxing Weekend Collection €59.

Niamh Towey finds six makeup and beauty gifts that will make anyone's Christmas morning

Collins dictionary defines Generation Snowflake as “the generation of people who became adults in the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations”

Broadside: Phrase used to dismiss argument simply because it comes from young person

The Luas is closed in both directions between Tallaght and Belgard because of the collision

Red Line closed in both directions between Tallaght and Belgard after midday collision

Met Éireann has forecast this ‘exceptionally mild’ spell to last until the end of the week. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Met Éireann says the ‘exceptionally mild spell’ is to last until the end of the week

Hatchimals retail for €70, though we can’t speculate as to what kind of a discount or wholesale agreement Santa might have with retailers. Photograph: Getty Images

Hatchimals, PAW patrol and Lego friends all feature in list of 10 most searched-for toys

The 4kg bag of cyanide which was handed in to the EPA’s farm hazardous waste collection in Roscommon on Saturday. Photograph: Denis Naughten/Twitter

Man brings 4kg of hazardous chemical to waste disposal after keeping it for 40 years

Needing to test products for acne-prone skin Niamh Towey got her little sister on the case

Products to alleviate  redness and treat acne prone skin

Problem skin needs special care – here are some suggestions

Striving to be part of a clique which does everything together can cloud your vision of who your real, loyal friends are. Photograph: Tara Moore/Getty Images

Changing friendships can be difficult to accept. It can be lonely, isolating and hard to come to terms with, but it is part of lif(...)

Pablo Escobar, Dia de Los Muertos and Donald Trump (without the octopus).

A Donald Trump Octopus or Pablo Escobar? Stand out in these alternative costumes

Bare-faced coverage that won’t go cakey

Luxurious products that will bring the benefits of a salon treatment to your home

Luxurious products for an at-home facial that’s as effective as a salon visit

Choose skin products wisely. Some have  high levels of alcohol, which can be very irritating.

Angry-looking skin can be a thing of the past and there are products to suit all budgets

One more round:  Seána Kerslake (Aisling)  and Nika McGuigan in Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope. Photograph: Karl Hussey/RTE

There were moments of farce, but overall RTE’s searingly honest drama proved to be a winner

Top: Primark Brush Cleaning Mitt; Moxi Loves Eye Catchers; Veet Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler. Bottom: NYX Make-Up Setting Spray; Batiste XXL Plumping Powder; The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

Make-up setting spray, hair plumping powder, a brush cleaning kit and more

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kisses a ‘Women for Trump’ placard during a rally  in Lakeland, Florida on October 12th, 2016. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Topic trends on Twitter after polls show Donald Trump would win if only men voted

CCTV footage posted by Irish Rail shows a 4x4 with a trailer drive through the barriers just as they are coming down.. Screengrab: Irish Rail

Irish Rail calls on anyone with information about the incident to contact gardaí

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP

Irish media sees Clinton coming out on top, but can the same be said for media in the US?

Nika McGuigan as Danielle and Seána Kerslake as Aisling in Can’t Cope Won’t Cope. Photograph: RTÉ

In the bright lights, big city of our capital two young women struggle to find their way

Start of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Marathon now fourth largest in Europe as numbers for October race increase by 4,500

As a nation, we do not ignore grief or hide it, but deal with it in a very ceremonial and solemn way. Photograph: Eric Luke

Funerals always make me uncomfortable, yet they are something we do well in Ireland

Given my detest for 50 Shades, which was the only real context I had when I began Jilly Cooper’s books, I wasn’t exactly relishing the thought of reading her first novel (Riders) and her latest (Mount!) for this article. But I would be proven wrong

In a world saturated with porn, how does Cooper's writing - so shocking when it was first published in the 1980s - hold up for a m(...)

Niamh Towey’s starry night nails at Tropical Popical

Dublin nail bar is synonymous with all things cool

Make the most of your time in the shower with these tried and tested beauty products

Photograph: iStock
How to cure hungover skin

Hungover? Instead of spending the day contemplating your life choices, why not distract yourself by sorting your skin out

Top row: Jack Black Face Buff Energising Scrub; Kiehl’s Facial Fuel eye de-puffer; Gillette Fusion ProShield Flexball Men’s Razor. Bottom row: Toni & Guy Men Deep Clean shampoo; Westlab Pure Mineral Epsom Salts; Neutrogena Concentrated Hand Cream

Unisex products from razors to deep-clean shampoos

Kilkenny fans at Electric Picnic as Tipperary beat Kilkenny in the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

TIPP! TIPP! TIPP! Blue and gold glittered fans serenade us with sporting chant of the year

Seven luxury cars and €80,000 worth of cannabis has been seized as part of a Garda operation. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Searches in Co Wexford, Co Meath and Co Wicklow target organised crime gangs

The European Commission has found that Apple owes the Irish State € 13 billion in back taxes after ruling that the technology giant’s tax arrangements in Ireland constituted a form of illegal state aid. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

We could give the Government an open tab in the Dáil bar for 10,833 years

Crow Street Collective

I immediately noticed a difference in the elasticity and strength of my hair after a trip to Crow Street Collective in Dublin

Top row: Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort oils; Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturising Lip Balm; Guinot Stick Anti UV Sun Defense with SPF 50. Bottom row: Clinique Repairwear Intensive Lip Treatment; Blistex relief cream; Lush Lip Scrub in Mint Julips

Keep your kissers in rude good health

Niamh Towey eating toast in bed with her mother, Jean, in 1996, days after her brother Stephen was born

I viewed her as a rogue, mouthy and scattered, always arriving late to things and laughing too loudly at our school plays

The 13-year-old boy who was injured when his bike collided with a car in Co Louth on Saturday has died from his injuries.

Boy was seriously injured when bike collided with car on Slane Road near Drogheda

Hot, windy and wet weather is set to cover the country over the weekend, as Met Éireann has issued a wind warning for the south of the country on Friday.  File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Motorists urged to take care due to airborne tent loose on the N7 near Athgoe

Photograph: iStock

Two treatment can help reduce the time spent on eyebrow and eyelash morning maintenance

Top row: John Frieda Miraculous recovery masque; Olaplex. Bottom row:  Kérastase Nutritive Crème Magistrale; Pureology Colour Fanatic mask; Kérastase Soleil Masque UV Défense Active; Les Karités Shea Butter Hair Mask

Keep your hair in pristine condition from the comfort of your home

The Avenue in Castlemore, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon

The latest episode of The Women’s Podcast is full of summer stories. Here Niamh Towey looks back on her childhood in The Avenue in(...)

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The Lunula technology works by breaking down the fat layer of the fungus and increasing blood flow to encourage the immune system (...)

Top row, from left: James Read Overnight Tan Sleep Mask for Face; Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess Oil; Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks;  Bottom row, from left: Urban Decay Naked Flushed; No 7 Instant Radiance Highlighter; Benefit Dallas

Bronzers, blushers and highlighters worth investing in

Simple works for me but can be quite drying for others

Niamh Towey: My mother recommended the mercifully inexpensive Simple range

Armani Luminous Silk; Bourjois Healthy Mix; Nars Sheer Glow; Rimmel Wake Me Up; Clinique Superbalanced; YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat

Nobody wants a heavy base that will slip off once you leave the house and enter the heat – here are six great lightweight foundati(...)

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Niamh Towey: My granny always told me ‘The little bit of weight suits you’, and maybe she was right

I was rather surprised to find out my car had failed on a multitude of issues. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

I’m not grown-up enough for this particular test. I mean, real grown-ups don’t arrive at their colleague’s house with a bag of can(...)

My experience of Dublin nightlife is largely confined to Flannery’s and Copper Face Jacks. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

I was slagging ‘Memmeh’ for being a rural stereotype when I realised I tick a lot of boxes of the stereotypical country girl in Du(...)

Roscommon versus Mayo in a league match earlier this year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ballaghaderreen moved from Co Mayo to Co Roscommon in 1898, but the town’s GAA club refused to move. It has created a rift

The head office of Console Suicide Prevention Charity in Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Collins

David Hall says charity still owes €12,000 to cover costs of operating phone lines

Patrick Wright, who lives in Portmarnock, Co Dublin, is described as 5’5” in height, of slight build with grey receding hair. Photograph: Deirdre Flynn

Patrick Wright (39) last seen leaving Blanchardstown shopping centre on Monday

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