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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(...)

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(...)

“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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

An angler who had been fishing nearby when  the incident happened rang the coastguard. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A 41-year-old man who was found unresponsive, 1½ hours after he had gone snorkelling at Streedagh, Co Sligo , died as a result of Sudden Adult Death S(...)

Seán McGrotty, who was in his late 40s, his two sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), and the boys’ grandmother Ruth Daniels (59) died alongside Ruth’s daughter Jodi-Lee (14)

The occupants of the stricken Audi SUV that sank off Buncrana pier in Co Donegal killing five people should have been able to unlock the car in the wa(...)

Seán McGrotty, who was in his late 40s, his two sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), and the boys’ grandmother Ruth Daniels (59) died alongside her grandddaughter Jodi-Lee (14)

“I got a feeling something was not right – I don’t know why,” Louise James told the inquest into the Buncrana drowning tragedy. In a harrowing day of(...)

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