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A status yellow wind warning has been issued for a number of western counties. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A status yellow wind warning has been issued for a number of western counties until Tuesday morning. The latest warning comes as hundreds of homes an(...)

I’ve been singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer during our daily conversations on our WhatsApp video calls. Photograph: iStock

The fact that I’ve called my coronavirus confinement journal my Alcatraz Diary makes it easy for me to confess I’ll do time if if don’t get to spend C(...)

Visitors have returned to their suburban prisons and the silence seems deafening. Photograph: iStock

I had just got used to being out and about, no longer approaching shopping trolleys with suspicion or imagining supermarket assistants as superspread(...)

Conor Niland of Ireland waves to the crowd as he walks off court after losing his first round match to Adrian Mannarino in 2011. Photo: Getty Images

As great as it is, Wimbledon can blow cold, feel like a wilderness, an alien tournament that blooms every year for two weeks at exactly the same time.(...)

 Aidan O’Shea’s  Breaffy, will come up against Lee Keegan’s Westport in the Mayo semi-finals. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Saturday Football Mayo SFC: Breaffy v Westport, MacHale Park, 7.15 - Breaffy, showcasing an almost unmarkable Aidan O’Shea, chase the Grail of a fir(...)

‘I finally chose a purveyor of petrol whose online identity claimed you could pay at the pump, avoiding unnecessary human interactions.’ Photograph: iStock

Way back before the Bubonic Plague of the 1300s, the Great Famine of the 1840s and the taoiseach’s U-turn on Cromwell’s cabinet, I took my life in my (...)

From Curraghchase Forest Park, in Limerick, and Lough Boora Discovery Park, in Co Offaly, to Blessington Greenway, in Co Wicklow, there’s no shorta(...)

Val Dempsey (73) who has been climbing Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday for more than 30 years. Photograph: Ellen O’Riordan

Summer would not be complete for 73-year-old Val Dempsey without a venture up Ireland’s holiest mountain on the last weekend of July. From Minane Bri(...)

There was a sharp fall in the number of people climbing Croagh Patrick on Sunday after the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage was cancelled due to the coronavirus. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Pilgrim numbers climbing Croagh Patrick today were greatly reduced on previous years, even on recent days, gardaí at Westport have said. “People mus(...)

Mayo Mountain Rescue crew on Croagh Patrick: “It is impossible to treat a casualty when you are socially distanced.” Photograph:  Odette Duignan

St Patrick allegedly banished snakes while standing on Ireland’s holiest mountain, Croagh Patrick, but keeping eager pilgrims away this year has prove(...)

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