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An aircraft flies past buildings in the Canary Wharf district of London as Saharan dust carried by  Ophelia filters sunlight. Photograph: REUTERS/Tom Jacobs

Storm Ophelia left a distinctive red imprint on skylines across western Europe even as it headed north along the west coast of Ireland. The hurrican(...)

A visualisation of the path of Storm Ophelia as it was expected to hit Ireland, from the Earthwindmap website

Just over a week ago, near Cape Verde in the Atlantic Ocean, there was a significant wave moving east. The essential ingredient for a potential hurric(...)

Heavy rain over the next 24 hours will be followed by the remnants of Hurricane Gert now crossing the Atlantic.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

It never rains but it pours in August. Heavy rain over the next 24 hours will be followed by the remnants of Hurricane Gert now crossing the Atlantic.(...)

Larry Egar: a quiet person of deep faith, he had a gentle laconic sense of humour

Harp-maker, boat-builder, printer, solo Atlantic sailor, Larry Egar, who has died aged 79, had all those attributes and much more besides. Something(...)

Claire McCluskey and the crew of Rogue Trader arrive home in Ireland after their transatlantic crossing

Claire McCluskey and her partner Nick are sailing back from the Caribbean to Ireland. This is the final instalment of her Diary from the Sea. To quot(...)

Claire and Nick: It’s eight months since they first set sail, but Ireland is in sight.

Claire McCluskey and her partner Nick are sailing back from the Caribbean to Ireland. This is part six of her Diary from the Sea. When we l(...)

Irish sunshine: Saturday and Sunday will see the best of the warm spell, with temperatures across Leinster and Munster in the mid-20s on both days. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland is set for a balmy weekend, with temperatures reaching highs of 27 degrees on Saturday. A ridge of high pressure, bringing hot and sunny wea(...)

Claire McCluskey with her partner Nick Russell (centre) and crew member Sean on board Rogue Trader, before they set sail from Antigua. Photograph: David van der Möllers

Claire McCluskey and her partner Nick are sailing back from the Caribbean to Ireland. This is part three of her Diary from the Sea. The boat we are s(...)

Claire McCluskey and Nick Russell with  David van der Möllers and their supplies before leaving port in Antigua.

Claire McCluskey and her partner Nick are sailing back from the Caribbean to Ireland. This is part 2 of her Diary from the Sea. When we left home on (...)

Rogue Trader, a 56-foot wooden-hulled ketch, became home to Claire McCluskey and Nick Russell in 2016. Photograph: World Cruising Club/James Mitchell Photography

Like many a story of adventure, this one began in the pub. A few years ago I fell in with a chap from Co Cork and one particularly dreary evening (in (...)

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