Kevin Flaherty believes he will spend the next 20 or 30 years ‘until I get my pension scratching out a living for myself’.

I grew up in the countryside in Kilkenny and moved into the town about 10 years ago. I’m a father of three girls, the youngest of whom I co-parent wit(...)

Mayo’s defeat to Cork last weekend was overshadowed somewhat by the controversy regarding Lee Keegan’s concussion at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Saturday (All matches 2pm unless stated) Allianz League Division One Mayo v Dublin, McHale Park, 7.0 – Viewed in a certain way it possibly suits(...)

My latest fascination has been Camellia sasanqua cultivars. The flowers appear in autumn, the plants are much more elegant in habit than their spring-flowering counterparts, Camellia japonica, and have sweet scented flowers.

Unlike some gardeners I know, I’m not a plant collector. Nor do I ever expect to be, for I lack the single mindedness and the ever-so-slightly obsess(...)

Adventure Capital (2015) by Sean Lynch. Photograph: copyright Studioworks Photography 2016

Ireland at Venice – Adventure: Capital Sean Lynch Limerick City Art Gallery ****  There is an air of square-cut solidity to Sean Lynch(...)

The suspect, who is in his 20s and was known to the dead man, was arrested and taken to Carlow Garda station

A man who was arrested in connection with the murder of Marcus “Murt” Brennan in Carlow has been released without charge. Marcus “Murt” Brennan (46) (...)

 The wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo envisages coastal areas will be affected by westerly winds with gusts gusts to 100 km/h. File photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA

Met Éireann has issued wind, snow and ice warnings for the north and northwest for Saturday. The wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo an(...)

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said: “Meetings have taken place between the Department, local authorities in the midlands and Waterways Ireland about a Blueway concept,” he said. File photograph: BluewaysIreland.org

A new initiative to promote tourism in the midlands is being prepared by the Government, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said on (...)

Thomas Lynch with his new Irish record twaite shad of 1.64kg caught from the River Barrow at St Mullins

Specimen hunters and other anglers again managed to catch large fish covering the range of species normally reported, with new records established for(...)

All-Ireland champions Dublin have won 10 of the last 11 Leinster football championships. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

By rights this should be a week of intrigue and speculation. For its first business of 2016 the GAA’s Central Council is going to determine no less we(...)

Dylan Bowe, Diarmaid Gallagher, Aoife Keegan and Orla Fallon of Magh Éne, Bundoran, Co Donegal, holding up white boards to show their knowledge of the subject. Photograph: James Connolly

The first thing that strikes you is the classroom. There are no symmetrical lines of desks facing a whiteboard. Instead, there are small pods of four(...)