Broadcaster and Mayo native Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin   will present a two-hour celebration of all things Mayo on TV on Saturday. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Move over May Day, Mayo Day is set to take centre-stage this bank holiday weekend with even Niagra Falls turning red and green. The international init(...)

An Bord Pleanála’s oral hearing into the proposed expansion of Galway Harbour has finished its sixth day. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Galway Harbour’s proposed expansion is contrary to State policy and will “undermine” Shannon-Foynes Port, the An Bord Pleanála oral hearing has heard.(...)

Cindy O’Brien with a market size abalone at the Connemara Abalone Farm in Rossaveal. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy 3:02

Picture two women with backs bent over at low tide as they heave large handfuls of seaweed into baskets. Cindy O’Brien and her daughter Sinéad migh(...)

Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh with fomer taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in Carna, Co  Galway, yesterday.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

In the crowded marquee in the small Connemara village of Carna, there was a flutter of surprise when the strainséir, the well-known politician from el(...)

Irish Roots

I was recently involved in researching the family tree of Marty Walsh, the mayor of Boston, as part of the mother of all Irish festivals, iFest Boston(...)

The Long Road Home, Connemara   by Patrick Hennessy, €7,000-€10,000, at Adam’s

Irish racegoers returning from Cheltenham this weekend – those who didn’t lose their shirt – might consider investing some of their winnings (...)

‘As a writer, Walter Macken was attuned to the menacing depths that lay behind the physical exterior: the infertile bogland that makes farming problematic, the harsh character of the inhabitants, their callous treatment of one another, their superstitious religiosity and frustrated love affairs.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Recently, when returning from a family break in Renvyle House, on the drive from Letterfrack to Galway, the raw beauty of the lakes framed by the impo(...)