Doctors in Wales can now prescribe free bike rides to encourage people to exercise under a pilot programme. Photograph: Tom Jamieson/The New York Times

A new programme in Wales will allow family doctors to offer patients an unusual prescription for better health – bicycles. The pilot programme, the f(...)

The Toulouse bath by Waterloo Bathrooms, Price from €5,499

A deep, hot bath has long been regarded as one of life’s genuine luxuries and some people simply can’t function without them. The designer Tom Ford ta(...)

Heat extremes are one of the more concerning aspects of future climate change. Photograph: iStock

This year has been a year to remember weather wise, and we are only just past the halfway mark. Recent weeks have brought extreme temperatures and dro(...)

Michael Sherlock in the mountains near Reus in Spain on a 97km ride.

When Michael Sherlock began taking his bicycle to Dublin’s Phoenix Park at the weekends, it was just meant to be a bit of fun to recapture the feeling(...)

One estimate suggests that by 2019, the global market for child-development toys will reach $39.5 billion. Photograph: iStock

Amid the garish, noisy gadgets, apps and electronic games designed and marketed to infants, tweens and teenagers, London-based Filippo Yacob spotted a(...)

A long hot bath might be the easiest way to burn calories because it increases energy expenditure levels by 80 per cent burning 126 calories per hour.

Need an excuse to relax in a hot bath? Or an excuse to soak in that bath instead of going for a high-tempo cycle? Now you have it. A UK study has fo(...)

Storm-force winds along the East Pier in Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Dublin. File  photograph: Frank Miller

Summers in Ireland used to be better, with all-day sunshine and never a drop of rain, right? Wrong. A major international weather study going back 142(...)

The pier at the East End village, Inishbofin island Co Galway, which was destroyed by a storm in October 2013. Photograph: Frank Miller

Last winter in Ireland and Britain was the stormiest since records began more than 140 years ago, according to climatologists at NUI Maynooth. (...)

 Ireland captain  Jack O’Donoghue. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

England U-20 42 Ireland U-20 15: There is no quibbling about the meritocracy of England’s victory as they eased to a comprehensive victory in the Unde(...)

Journalists look at a TV screen broadcasting a news conference Malaysia’s acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, inside the hotel where are relatives of the passengers of the missing Boeing 777-200ER are staying. Photograph: Samsul Said/Reuters

Time will be against authorities investigating debris spotted in the Indian Ocean if it is confirmed to be part of missing Malaysia Airlines fl(...)