Waves crash into Lahinch Promenade in Co Clare this morning. Photograph: Cliodhna Fawl/Lahinch Surf Shop

Six families have been left cut off by the sea on the Loophead Peninsula in Co Clare as storms lash the west Coast. The families have been comp(...)

A cyclist braves a flooded road in Godalming in Surrey in Britain on Christmas Day  after floods hit the area.  In Britain the Environment Agency  warned of another storm coming in from the Atlantic which is expected to hit the UK tonight. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Met Éireann upgraded a storm warning for this evening to “status red” with high winds and heavy rain forecast. Red is the highest category of w(...)

Taking the plunge at the Forty Foot in Dublin on Christmas morning for the annual Christmas Day Swim. Photograph:   Frank Miller

Christmas Day charity swimmers have been issued with a special warning as the stormy and bitterly cold weather conditions look set to continue over th(...)

Quiet heroes

They are quiet heroes: volunteers in the lifeboat and mountain rescue services who give freely of their time, put their lives at risk and contribute t(...)

Three children who drifted almost 30km in a floating toy are among the call-outs involving 16 people in cheap inflatable boats and swimming aids which the RNLI has
ve 
dealt with this summer. Photograph:
Frank Miller

Three children who drifted almost 30km in a floating toy are among the call-outs involving 16 people in cheap inflatable boats and swimming aids which(...)

Lifeguards rescued 559 swimmers from beaches, rivers and lakes during last month’s heatwave.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Lifeguards rescued 559 swimmers from beaches, rivers and lakes during last month’s heatwave. This was 160 more than for the entire bathing season l(...)

 The disused slate quarry at Aheeny, Co Tipperary, where Joe Grinsell from Aheeny drowned. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

The Irish Coast Guard has seen a rise of more than 50 per cent in most of its call-out categories for the past two months compared to the same period (...)

Irish Water Safety has renewed its appeal for awareness of the dangers of swimming in areas without lifeguards following three more drowning tragedies(...)

 Alex Kucovs from Latvia/ Portmarnock joins swimmers, sunbathers and sandcastle makers on Portmarnock Beach today.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather alert heading into the weekend, indicating temperatures of as high as 30 degrees continuing into next week. Ba(...)

Egyptian colleagues grieve and pray beside the hearse containing the body of Tit Bonhomme crew member Attia Shaban at the pier at Union Hall in west Cork after his body was recovered on January 19th, 2012. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Fishing skippers will be able to apply for grant-aid for safety equipment as one of a series of Government measures announced today aimed at reducing (...)

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