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Rebecca Taylor, Nadine Kelly and Katie Flaherty all from Ballinasloe, Co Galway at the 2017 ploughing championships. Photograph: Tom Honan

President Michael D Higgins officially opened the 87th National Ploughing Championships on Tuesday. Traffic is reported to be a little busy approach(...)

A Coillte helicopter takes water to a dam at the top of The Cut road in the Slieve Bloom mountains. Photograph: Laois Fire and Rescue/Twitter

People are again being asked to stay away from the Slieve Bloom mountains in counties Laois and Offaly as firefighting efforts continue on Saturday mo(...)

Sightseers are also being warned to stay away from the Slieve Bloom mountains.  Photograph: Offaly Fire & Rescue Service/Facebook

Firefighters continue to battle a large forest fire along the Slieve Blooms on Thursday. Crews from Laois and Offaly returned to the mountainous are(...)

Heavy flooding on the N3 at Junction 2, Blanchardstown Centre on Wednesday afternoon after heavy rain caused the River Tolka to burst its banks. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Heavy rain caused flash flooding and road closures across the country on Wednesday. Flooding was reported across the east, with an elderly woman bein(...)

 Vehicles drive through floods as workers attempt to clear drains after heavy flooding on the Strawberry Beds, Lower Road near Lucan.Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Two housing estates in Mountmellick, Co Laois were evacuated on Wednesday when the Owenass River burst its banks due to heavy rain resulting in floode(...)

Occasional tantalising vistas open over the patchwork quilt of Ireland’s central lowlands

In past times, it seems, people rarely ventured into the Slieve Bloom Mountains. No heroic myths or tales of epic battles emanate from here. No great (...)

Accessible from all parts of Ireland, the Slieve Blooms are conveniently located along the Laois/Offaly border

This is a special route. The Slieve Bloom mountains have everything: great climbs, great descents, mountains, valleys, pretty villages, waterfalls, fo(...)

Last month, five young men died by suicide in Newbridge, Co Kildare. File photograph: Getty Images

A priest speaking out about the tragedy of seven suicides in three weeks in Co Laois has said the clergy are becoming “sacramental firemen” going from(...)