Ssssssh: the atmosphere keeps kids quiet and the books keep them entertained. Above: the National Library. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien 2:05

Free time is rarely free, and this is never more true than when you are trying to keep children entertained during the long days of summer. A trip (...)

A man has been acquitted of the murder of Co Mayo woman Sandra Collins (pictured) by direction of the trial Judge, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy. 0:49

A 50 year-old plasterer accused of murdering a woman whose body has never been found walked free today after being acquitted by a jury on the instruct(...)

Author Eimear McBride grew up in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo and Castlebar, Co Mayo before moving to the UK at the age of 17. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Eimear McBride has collected a major award in women’s fiction for her debut novel A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing - which had sat on a shelf for nine ye(...)

The battle for the final seat in the Midlands North West constituency is set to go down to the wire tonight after a huge transfer from Fianna Fáil run(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking during a television interview at the count centre for the local and European elections in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar Co Mayo today.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan/The Irish Times. 3:18

The economy was “never going to be fixed by pious aspirations” and the Labour party had “stepped up to the mark”, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Speak(...)

Joanne Quinn (41), with an address in Castlebar, Co Mayo, claims she was stalked and sexually harassed by Edward Justin Clarke between 2002 and 2005, a High Court jury heard.

A Co Mayo woman has sued a retired Detective Sergeant over allegedly raping her while he was investigating claims that she was sexually abused by anot(...)

A murder investigation was launched in Castlebar, Co Mayo, last night following the death in hospital of a 26 year-old man who sustained gunshot wound(...)

The body of a woman in her late 20s has been found in a house near Mayo Abbey, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

The body of a woman in her late 20s has been found in a house near Mayo Abbey, Castlebar, Co Mayo.The discovery was made at midday today.The scene has(...)

President Michael D Higgins’s three-day state visit next April will include a state banquet at Windsor Castle, meetings with political leaders, and most likely a banquet for business leaders, hosted by the lord mayor of London at the city’s Guildhall venue. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The forthcoming visit of President Michael D Higgins to Britain opens up “limitless and endless opportunities” for Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has s(...)

 The scene of the double killing of two brothers at New Antrim Street, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph : Keith Heneghan/Phocus.

Gardaí were last night questioning a 26-year-old man about the beating to death of two elderly brothers in Castlebar, Co Mayo. The Irish Times underst(...)