A blue flag standard is an international award which recognises outstanding compliance with bathing water quality and sewage treatment regulations. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

A record number of blue flags have been awarded to Irish beaches and marinas for 2018 by An Taisce environmental group. The 83 Irish beaches and seve(...)

Stephen and Cayce at the joint family wedding celebration in Bray. Photograph: Callum Jacobs

Cayce (24), a freelance make-up artist for film and TV, was studying computer science in her home state of Utah when she decided to take a different d(...)

Supporters of boxer Katie Taylor watching her Rio Olympic fight on the big screen erected at the seafront at her hometown of Bray,  Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. It was not what they came for. . . The Bray seafront was basking in glorious mid-August sunshine and a line of mu(...)