Dermot Byrne

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Garda Dermot Byrne leaving the Four Courts with his wife, after he was awarded damages following a High Court Garda Compensation hearing. Photograph: Collins Courts

A garda who suffered injuries to his thumbs in an assault 11 years ago had to have his wife knot his tie this morning before attending a Garda Compens(...)

Parisian harpist, fiddler, pianist and singer Floriane Blancke has melded her classical music education with a finely-honed love of traditional music (...)

Flooding along the banks of the Shannon River near Athlone in 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ireland continues to face significant challenges from flooding risks even though hundreds of measures have already been identified to protect homes an(...)

Sergio Garcia  shakes hands with Shane Lowry  after they finished their second round at Augusta. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

There is a leveller at the Masters for those outside the ropes, where even sporting superstars must mix with the great unwashed. Take Luis Figo. The(...)

Shane Lowry takes a practice round on the course at the 2017 Masters Tournament  in Augusta, Georgia, on Monday.  Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Some heavy-hitters have just vacated the veranda terrace close to the oak tree: Pádraig Harrington, the scar from his surgery worn like a war wound on(...)

 Shane Lowry lines up a putt on the first green during the fourth round of the British Masters at The Grove. Photo:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

In some ways, I’m a creature of habit. I’m loyal, don’t really like to change things. So the decision to change my grip and my putter wasn’t an easy o(...)

Shane Lowry: “The way I see it is that I have to give myself every chance of making the team. If I didn’t go to play in Denmark, I’d be thinking, ‘what if?’” Photographer: David Cannon/Getty Images

I hope my sense of direction is better on the golf course. I drove to the wrong golf club here in Greensboro yesterday, which hopefully isn’t any sort(...)

Michael and Danny Healy Rae on the bonnet of a jeep during the first meeting of the 32nd Dáil at Leinster House. Photograph: Alan Betson

A few weeks ago, Danny Healy-Rae, the TD for Kerry, told the Dáil that humans have no influence over changes in weather patterns. That the planet is (...)

 Rory McIlroy  in action at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play at the Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas. Photo:  David Cannon/Getty Images

You don’t always need an A-game, sometimes it is perseverance – and a confident strut – that will get the job done. And Rory McIlroy, if not exactly f(...)

Shane Lowry: “The highlight of the three weeks? It has to have been the Phoenix Open. I mean, 200,000 at a golf tournament on a Saturday?” Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

You plan, practice and prepare but, even then, there’s only so much that is in your own control. Sometimes you have to accept what comes your way. O(...)

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