John Leech

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

The driver of a car that slipped off Buncrana pier with the loss of five lives last year was more than three times over the drink driving limit, an in(...)

Weever fish stings can cause severe pain

Beach-goers have been warned to be wary of the poisonous weever fish during the current spell of good weather and leading in to spring tides at the we(...)

A swimmer enjoys the good weather in Grand Canal Dock, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin Fire Brigade and Irish Water Safety have warned people against performing “unsafe” water stuns during this week’s sunny spell. They were comme(...)

Wreck of the ‘Pere Charles’ trawler, November 8th, 2007. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Julia Hennessy had met helicopter pilot Capt Dara Fitzpatrick before. The Irish Coast Guard captain was in charge of the Sikorsky S-92 for the commemo(...)

The Lion’s Mane jellyfish. Photograph: File photo/Getty Images

Bathers are being advised to stay out of the water at Sandycove in Dublin due to the presence of dangerous jellyfish. The warning comes ahead of an I(...)

The Weever fish is very small and does not swim far so it tends to remain in the sand just below the surface.  File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Irish Water Safety CEO John Leech is warning people to keep off beaches at low tide this weekend because of the danger of Weever fish. He told RTE’s (...)

Sunshine Break City dwellers relaxing in the sunshine along the bank of the Grand Canal at Mount street bridge, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

It’s official. Tuesday has become the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures reaching 30 degrees in Roscommon by early afternoon. Describe(...)

A closeup of the jellyfish in the Mediterranean off the coast of the southern Lebanese city of Sidon Wednesday. Photograph: Mohamed Sareji/AP Photo

Swimmers heading to the beach today have been warned to be careful about a new breed of jellyfish that is “highly venomous.” John Leech of Irish Wate(...)

Humpback whale off Cork. Photograph: Pádraig Whooley/IWDG

There is a vast array of everyday wonders around this island’s 7,800km rim. With the help of a group of coastal cognoscenti, here are 55 alternatives(...)

The slipway alongside Buncrana Pier, which is now closed for public admittance. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Insufficient signage warning of hazards may prove to be a factor in any review of safety at Buncrana pier, following the loss of five members of the M(...)

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