Laurence Sterne: the reputation of his comic masterpiece, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, has endured. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

On Wednesdays, classes in Coláiste Mhuire Mullingar in 1970 finished early but the school bus did not depart until 4.30pm. I spent the two hours in th(...)

Sláintecare has identified helping people to live autonomously as an important part of the health system into the future. File photograph: Getty

A programme that will allow at least 4,500 older people to stay in their homes has been launched. Healthy Age Friendly Homes, which will be in nine l(...)

An Bórd Pleanála has given the green light to fast-track plans for 576 homes in Athlone.

An Bórd Pleanála has given the green light to fast-track plans for 576 new homes in Athlone. The joint housing venture between Westmeath County Counc(...)

Former TD Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran says he has spent recent months fishing and ‘doing up an old cruiser boat’ and is seeking to get a taxi driver licence again. Photograph: Tom Honan

Losing a job at any time is a hard pill to swallow. Doing so in the weeks before a pandemic closes down much of the country, and wider world, is harde(...)

Peat at Carn Park Bog, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An environmental group has lost its Supreme Court appeal over An Bord Pleanála’s refusal to decide whether peat extraction works on some 410 acres in (...)

Evelyn Cusack, head of forecasting at Met Éireann, at a meeting of the  National Emergency Co-ordination Group.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Thousands of homes are expected to be left without electricity on Saturday afternoon when Storm Jorge batters the country, bringing with it extremely (...)

Residents of Springfield, Clonlara, Co Clare, were moved from their homes and around 7,000 sandbags and pumping stations were delivered to ten houses in the village. Photograph: David Raleigh.

Houses in a Co Clare village have been evacuated as the flooded river Shannon swept around their homes and threatened to burst its banks in other part(...)

The Bottom Field, Glasson,  Co Westmeath

Strange how our appreciation of things can correlate with how close we are to losing them. The upsurge of interest in local fieldnames around Ireland (...)

Met Éireann forecaster Linda Hughes said there is no evidence of any end in sight to the recent spell of bad weather and the Shannon, Moy and Corrib rivers are showing signs of flooding.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Emergency personnel in Athlone are making contingencies as the River Shannon continues to rise following heavy rain in recent days. Water levels at A(...)

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran in Athlone. Photograph: Alan Betson

Stricter penalties need to be introduced to tackle online abuse directed at politicians and their families, Minister of State Kevin “Boxer” Moran has (...)

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