Omphalodes ‘Starry Eyes’. Photograph: Paddy Tobin

What is your favourite Irish plant? And no, you’re not allowed to say shamrock … Instead, I’m thinking of the thousands of wonderful garden plants (...)

 Fringe Festival at the Big Shed at last year’s Ballymaloe Litfest. Photograph:  Joleen Cronin

Ballymaloe Litfest continues its ascent If you haven’t yet been to Litfest at Ballymaloe, you’ve been missing out on one of the most important gl(...)

 Collins’s body at Shanakiel hospital, Cork in  August 1922. Collins was killed by Denis Sonny O’Neill at Béal na Bláth in west Cork . Photograph: National Library of Ireland 4:23

The man widely credited with shooting Michael Collins at Béal na Bláth in 1922 was awarded a State pension for his actions in the War of Independence (...)

Spain’s  Sergio Garcia: and England’s Justin Rose played in a 15-inch-hole event at the Reynolds Plantation resort recently. Photograph: Getty Images

Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures – some would say gimmick(...)

 A Fire and Rescue crew help evacuate residents from flood-hit homes adjacent to the river Thames in Walton-on-Thames yesterday. The Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images 0:51

British prime minister David Cameron will continue to visit flood-hit areas of the UK today in an effort to demonstrate that he has a grip on the cris(...)

The remains of a prefabricated classroom roof at CBS primary school in Tralee. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus.

About 250 ESB Networks repair crews worked until 9pm yesterday to reconnect supplies to more than 23,000 customers in the midlands and south, most (...)

Strong winds caused damage around the country. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Repair crews headed out early this morning to begin work on restoring power to some 25,000 customers in the south of the country. According to (...)

UCC: researchers at the college used data from an administrative database in Cork and Kerry in order to identify new information on childcare

Almost half of all incidents where children were taken into care in Cork and Kerry by the HSE occurred on a voluntary basis with the support of their (...)