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Firefighters cut defensive lines and light backfires to protect structures behind a CalFire fire station during the Bear fire, part of the North Lightning Complex fires in Butte County, California. Photograph: Getty

An unprecedented spate of fierce, wind-driven wildfires in all US west-coast states have destroyed thousands of homes and killed at least seven people(...)

 Shane Lowry: “I wanted to do everything possible to get home to play and I’m delighted I’ve been able to commit given the circumstances.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Shane Lowry will fly directly from the US Open in New York to ensure he will be the headline act at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, which takes place (...)

Smoke from the Creek Fire settles over Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, California, on September 5th, 2020. Photograph: Naureen Malik/Bloomberg

Wildfires have burned a record 2 million acres in California this year, with the US forest service announcing the closure of all eight national forest(...)

A firefighter douses flames as they push towards homes in California. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty

A couple’s plan to reveal their baby’s gender went up not in blue or pink smoke but in flames when the device they used sparked a wildfire that burned(...)

Ms Justice Mary Irvine described the additional HSE offer of €900,000, to fund Jack Hegarty’s care until 2022 when his case will return to court, as excellent.

The President of the High Court has approved an additional €900,000 payment under a settlement of an action by a boy said to have “defied all odds” de(...)

Russ Parsons: ‘I suppose it’s only natural that the webs of friendship, or at least acquaintance, in Ireland would be tighter than in the US.’

A new Waterfordian, the former food editor of the Los Angeles Times, Russ Parsons starts his new monthly column on making friends and foo(...)

A team of experts at the University of Oxford are working to develop a vaccine that could prevent people from getting Covid-19. Photograph: Sean Elias/PA Wire

There’s enormous pressure on authorities to solve the Covid-19 pandemic. A vaccine is one potential solution. In July, US president Donald Trump toure(...)

‘In the weeks coming up to last Christmas, I bought phones for the girls. I did it against all my instincts.’ File photograph: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images

I’ve been reading about a deeply religious 14th-century woman called Julian of Norwich who had a near-death experience during which she apparently got(...)

Philips was one of several firms contracted by the US to supply 187,000 ventilators to the strategic national stockpile to treat patients affected by Covid-19. Photograph: Getty

Philips said the US Department of Health had cancelled most of an order for 43,000 ventilators, leading the Dutch medical equipment maker to cut its 2(...)

The Chieftains in 1971.

Claddagh Records has agreed to license a back catalogue that includes the Chieftains and Sean Ó Riada to music giant Universal. Founded by friends Ga(...)

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