December was, unsurprisingly, the wettest month in 2015 with most stations in the west, south and midlands recording their worst conditions for between six and 13 years. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Virtually every part of Ireland experienced double or triple the level of rainfall normally experienced in December. With much of the country still (...)

“The aim of the challenge is to send a balloon equipped with a small digital camera up into the stratosphere and capture some photographs and the students have done some Trojan work over the past few weeks working out the best way to position the camera,” said Terence McSwiney College Lillian Heylin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A Cork school was today hoping to create a little bit of history by boldly going where no Irish school has gone before - sending a helium balloon up t(...)