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The stricken   Fukushima  nuclear power plant in  2011. The accident at the   plant was unleashed by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Photograph:  Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

Just two years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, was gamely trying to make a virtue out of a catastrophic liab(...)

Irene Edwards: “We don’t talk politics in the shop.” Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

In Holyhead, even Santa voted to leave the European Union. Santa’s other name is Richard Burnell. He’s 78 with a long white beard and he formerly work(...)

Undated handout photo issued by North Wales Police of Joseph Brendan Dowley.

A body found on a beach in Wales 33 years ago has been identified as a 63-year-old man from Ireland. The body of Joseph Brendan Dowley, from Kilkenn(...)

Lion’s mane jellyfish  off Newquay, Co Clare earlier this month. Photograph: Tom Doyle

Sea swimmers may know that Lion’s mane jellyfish are the most venomous of the indigenous species in Irish waters, but they may not know that this seas(...)

An ultra-trailer walks in La Flegere path (col de la Flegere) on September 3rd, 2017 near Chamonix, as he competes during the 15th edition of the Mount Blanc Ultra Trail (UTMB). Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

When you tell other ultra runners that you are training for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB),they give you a certain look. Oh, you are a serious u(...)

Irish Ferries has been in the news because of the late delivery of the WB Yeats, for its French routes. The launch of this craft seems to have gone smoothly

As the crow flies there are only 113.1 km between Dublin and Holyhead, but the shortest sea crossing between us and our nearest neighbour can take nea(...)

The Holyhead ferry terminal on the Island of Anglesey in Wales: “Even a native of Anglesey in Wales such as myself must admit that by bypassing Holyhead, they are not missing much.” File photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

The Holyhead boat is not what is it used to be. In decades past, the often-challenging conditions on the 70 or so miles of sea separating Ireland from(...)

Sword cane detail on the handle. They were popular among gentlemen who feared being attacked and robbed in the streets

Until quite recently, self-restraint, reserve and the avoidance of any “PDE” (public display of emotion) were notable – and admirable – British charac(...)

 Roseate terns on Rockabill. Photograph: Alan Betson

Over the next few weeks a conservation success story will touch down in Ireland: roseate terns will fly in from West Africa to Europe to nest on Irela(...)

Jilly Cooper is giving an awe-struck viewing of the Mandarin Oriental’s Royal suite, a muted monument to scale and privilege. “Wonderful, wonderful, w(...)

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