All at sea: “80 per cent of our tourists are from the domestic market, so there are a lot of people this will affect,” says Simon Murray. Photograph: IIC/Axiom/Getty

‘Do you want to be responsible for the depopulation of one more island?” Simon Murray, of the community-development programme on Inishbofin, asked mem(...)

When doves fly: Ireland’s doves survive in their pure form only on islands strung out from Donegal to Kerry. Illustration: Michael Viney

Inishbofin comes and goes on our horizon, its silhouette often hazed in mist or spray — veiled sometimes, too, in rain, but not for long. On clear aut(...)

Joanne O’Donnell with Sam (4) and Ben Wallace (13) at home in Killaloe, Co Clare. Photograph: Brian Arthur/ Press 22

‘Would you go back?” It’s the definitive question in post-holiday conversations. To answer “no” suggests your holiday was far from perfect – although,(...)

Vincent O’Halloran (right): an energetic, strong and accurate player

Vincent O’Halloran, who has died aged 71, was a master of the accordion and a fine traditional singer whose gifts made him a fixture on the Irish trad(...)

“Derry is a rugged working city, but what it lacks in hanging baskets it more than makes up for in heritage, culture and artistic activity. From its famous walls to its thriving nightlife and music scene, Derry has something for everyone. It is a deserving current holder of the title of City of Culture. For a small city Derry fits in a lot, but retains a personal feel that bigger cities often lack. It is also an ideal base for exploring both Donegal and Northern Ireland.” Read the original nomination at http://iti.ms/181btTV

The judges of The Irish Times Best Place to Holiday in Ireland competition have chosen five finalists. The shortlist features three remote area(...)