Bees foraging in Limerick this week.  They may be tricked into breeding too early by the weather. Photograph: John Breen

The mild winter weather has encouraged bees across Ireland to start foraging in mid-January, but this early activity could prove disastrous for hives (...)

Tina Elliot, from Baldoyle, with her granddaughter Nessa Cruise (3) enjoy a stroll in the autumn leaves in Fairview Park, Dublin, on Wednesday.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A combination of bright days and little wind have conspired to give Ireland one of the best displays of autumn leaf colour for several years. These (...)