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The fire service in Batemans Bay, New South Wales on Tuesday as Australia’s wildfire crisis intensified. Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg.

Two more people died, five others were missing feared dead and thousands were evacuated to beaches as Australia’s most devastating wildfire season on (...)

The remains of a car  destroyed by bushfires sits near a home in the town of Balmoral on Monday  in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Getty

An Australian volunteer firefighter died on Monday and two others suffered burns after their truck rolled over when it was hit by extreme winds amid (...)

 Smoke haze from bushfires blankets the Sydney central business district  as beachgoers sit on a cliff on another hot day in Nielsen Park  in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Photograph: Steven Saphore/EPA

In Sydney on Christmas morning I don’t need an alarm clock. At dawn my local family of kookaburras do that job. No little chirping chicks here. They a(...)

Clare Doherty: ‘Christmas on Waiheke is pretty special.’

Thousands of Irish people around the world will be celebrating Christmas far from home. Many are finding ways to keep Irish festive season traditions (...)

A New South Wales (NSW) Rural Fire Service volunteer watches a fire burn bushland during back-burning near the town of Kulnura, New South Wales, Australia. Photographer: David Gray/Bloomberg

Christmas is likely to be a muted, even an anxious affair for many Australians this year. All the bushfire smoke that has been shrouding Sydney and Ca(...)

Early snow on Toronto’s Yonge Street in Canada.

The pangs of homesickness can hit at anytime and the lead up to Christmas and the New Year can be particularly difficult. Our most-read article this w(...)

Philip Lynch: ‘All of a sudden I have to slow down and tuck in behind a tractor ... mindfulness I remind myself.’ Photograph: iStock

Here in rural Tasmania this morning, I have this tiny waiting room all to myself with just today’s tabloid to flick through to kill the time. When a s(...)

Residents defend a property from a bushfire at Hillsville near Taree,  north of Sydney. Photograph: Peter Parks/ AFP

More than 100 fires are raging across Australia’s east coast on Tuesday with dozens of them running out of control. At least 170 houses have been des(...)

Philip Lynch

When I emigrated 36 years ago my connection with Ireland essentially ended. We parted with barely any rancour, but there was certainly disenchantment.(...)

Philip Lynch with his daughter Molly on the plane from Hobart to Dublin.

It’s a slow shuffle towards the service desk at the car hire place near Dublin Airport. But it’s a patient, near silent shuffle. The hipster-looking l(...)

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