Swimmers take to   icy waters  during a  Christmas swim in   Dublin. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

The majority of my friends think I am slightly nuts. And to be honest, they’re not wrong. I have a long-standing love affair with the outdoors that ha(...)

François Auerbach-Freitas: ‘When you’re in the water, you stop thinking about anything that might worry you.’

Visit any popular coastal location at the height of summer in Ireland, and you are likely to see people of all ages in the water. But when summer come(...)

Temperatures will be well above average for the middle of April this weekend, although the warmest temperatures are expected to shift to the east on Saturday.

Temperatures hit 22.9 degrees in Carlow today, making it the hottest day of the year so far. This temperature recorded by Met Éireann at Oak Park was(...)

If it is 20 to 21 degrees, (the water) in coastal areas will be 10 degrees and in inland waters it will be 8 degrees. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Water safety chiefs have warned people taking to the coast and inland waterways over the Easter bank holiday weekend about cold temperatures and high (...)

‘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(...)

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