Lifeguard flag at Ballinoulart beach Co Wexford. Lifeguards provided first aid to 1,189 people, and reunited 113 lost children with their parents, IWS said. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Forty-nine people have drowned in Irish seas, rivers and lakes so far this year, Irish Water Safety (IWS) has said. The summer bathing season, which (...)

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(...)

From left, Clodagh Kane (12), Swords, Co Dublin; Conor O’Brien (12), Clarehall, Dublin, and Dr Phillip Kieran from RTÉ One’s ‘You Should Really See A Doctor’ at the launch of Irish Life Health’s “Not Just for Girls” HPV-awareness campaign. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is now so common that the majority (80 per cent) of Irish men and women will get the virus at some point in their lives, yet new research reveals 95 per cent of parents underestimate just how prevalent the virus is. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

1) National Water Safety Awareness week continues until June 24th. Irish Water Safety and the babies and toddler swim school, Water Babies, will host (...)

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(...)

The Shine a Light on Summer Festival takes place over the weekend at five lighthouses – Fanad Head in Donegal; Hook, the world’s oldest working lighthouse in Wexford (above); Loop Head; and on the islands of Rathlin in Co Antrim and Valentia in Co Kerry.

Ireland is set for a warm and sunny bank holiday weekend with temperatures reaching 21 degrees on Monday. The welcome good weather is set to last un(...)

Marketing students from DIT Aungier Street soak up the sunshine in Dublin’s Stephens Green last month.Photograph: Alan Betson

A warm and sunny bank holiday weekend is in store across the country with temperatures reaching 21 degrees in places. Temperatures will start to cre(...)

Louise James outside the Lake of Shadows Hotel in Buncrana, Co Donegal following  the inquest into the deaths of her partner Seán McGrotty, sons Evan and Mark, sister Jodie Lee Daniels and mother Ruth Daniels, who died when their car slipped off Buncrana pier in Co Donegal in March 2016. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The woman who lost five family members in the Buncrana pier drowning tragedy has taken a High Court case against Donegal County Council and the estate(...)

Louise James outside the Lake of Shadows Hotel in Buncrana, Co Donegal after the inquest into the death of five of her family members. Photograph: PA

Sean McGrotty, who died along with four family members in Buncrana, Co Donegal last year, could have saved himself but chose not to, his partner Louis(...)

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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