Kieran Hickey

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Ganaa Devee, a surfer from Mongolia, watches the waves at Lahinch in Co Clare on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, “the best weather-modelling service in the world”, as far back as last Friday week flagged the(...)

 Kerry fishermen looking  out to  sea during Storm Ophelia.  The storm brought record waves of “a non-standard height”. Photograph: Stephen Kelleghan

There is an emerging pattern of remnants of hurricanes hitting Ireland more frequently. Their impact is being compounded by more extreme rainfall and (...)

Wolves arrived in Ireland 20,000 years ago and remained until the late 1700s.

Large predators are returning to Europe, with wolves making a comeback in Germany, France and Scandinavia. Recently wolves even turned up in Denmark f(...)

John Finnerty and John Finnerty jr clearing snow from their driveway in Dunboyne, Co Meath on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson

There is no legal obligation on people to clear the footpath in front of their homes or business premises, and no liability for any accident is create(...)

Lahinch, Co Clare,  on Monday: “Ophelia was the strongest eastern Atlantic hurricane on records – dating back to the mid-1800s – as a category three hurricane,”  said UCC climatologist Dr Kieran Hickey. Photograph:  Aidan Crawley/EPA

Storm Ophelia may have set a wave height record in Irish waters, with a wave of just over 26m recorded at the Kinsale gas platform off the Cork coast.(...)

People watch the waves and sea spray in Lahinch, Co Clare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Storm Ophelia evolved from the strongest eastern Atlantic hurricane in a century and half of records, but did not break the wave height record set by (...)

Residents wade through floodwaters in Houston, Texas, US, this week. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

The US National Weather Service is not noted for alarmist pronouncements. So when it tweeted that Hurricane Harvey was unprecedented and that “al(...)

RTÉ reporter Teresa Mannion reporting from Salthill in Galway during Storm Desmond. Picture: RTÉ/YouTube

One year after Storm Desmond marked the onset of the wettest Irish winter on record, Met Éireann does not anticipate issuing any severe weather warnin(...)

The flooded quayside at Kinvara, Co Galway, during the 2013-2014 winter storms. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ireland’s worst storm on meteorological record is still the “Big Wind” of 1839, but the high winds of February 2014 may have caused the most damage, a(...)

In the first week of January last year I placed an €80 bet that 2013 would be among the top 10 hottest years since global records began in 1850. The o(...)

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