‘It is not a good idea to jump or dive in...’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The chief executive of Irish Water Safety has offered advice to people planning a Christmas swim tomorrow. With the good weather forecast for Christm(...)

Ciarán Oliver and Ross Forde with the ‘Lovely Anne’, part of the  Galway Hooker Restoration project. Photograph: Andrew Downes

A 136-year-old wooden workboat dating from when writer James Joyce was born is due to be restored in Galway as part of a city community training proje(...)

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan drowned in the bath of a London hotel room last January. File Photograph: Bruno Bebert/AP

Occurrences of adults drowning in bathtubs are “very, very rare”, according to Irish Water Safety chief executive John Leech. Cranberries singer Dol(...)

A swimmer takes a dip in the Forty Foot , Sandycove, Dublin in July. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A doctor working with beach lifeguards has warned people of the dangers of tombstoning or jumping into water from a height this August Bank Holiday we(...)

Children watching the sea lions at Dublin Zoo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

While a heatwave sweeping across mainland Europe will pass Ireland by this bank holiday weekend, Met Éireann have forecast dry weather, with sunny spe(...)

“Unfortunately with social media and mobile phones, we’re seeing an awful of people who get distracted”

The Chief Executive of Irish Water Safety has warned that parents are putting their children’s lives at risk by allow themselves to get distracted whi(...)

Lifeguard flag at Ballinoulart beach Co Wexford. Lifeguards provided first aid to 1,189 people, and reunited 113 lost children with their parents, IWS said. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Forty-nine people have drowned in Irish seas, rivers and lakes so far this year, Irish Water Safety (IWS) has said. The summer bathing season, which (...)

Irish Water Safety  says it is not changing its protocols for lifeguards on treating jellyfish and weever fish stings. Photograph: Getty Images

Unusually high temperatures this past week on land are being matched on water, with Caribbean conditions off beaches and in shallow bays. Irish Water(...)

From left, Clodagh Kane (12), Swords, Co Dublin; Conor O’Brien (12), Clarehall, Dublin, and Dr Phillip Kieran from RTÉ One’s ‘You Should Really See A Doctor’ at the launch of Irish Life Health’s “Not Just for Girls” HPV-awareness campaign. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is now so common that the majority (80 per cent) of Irish men and women will get the virus at some point in their lives, yet new research reveals 95 per cent of parents underestimate just how prevalent the virus is. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

1) National Water Safety Awareness week continues until June 24th. Irish Water Safety and the babies and toddler swim school, Water Babies, will host (...)

John Byrne, Eddie O’Grady and Marian Morton from Castleknock enjoying the sunshine in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is good weather bad for your health? With a sharp increase in weather-related accidents and casualties across the country, it is becoming clear that t(...)

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