American author Suzanne Strempek Shea (l) with Mags Riordan, the subject of her new book, and Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors. Strempek Shea will be reading at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival. Photograph: Suzanne Strempek Shea

A tribute to composer Seán Ó Riada by musicians Micheál Ó Suilleabháin and Mel Mercier and Druid Theatre’s latest Tom Murphy productions are among hig(...)

Gebremedhin Woldegiorgis, senior potato researcher at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, and Denis Griffen, potato breeder at Teagas, inspect potato plants at the Teagasc Research Centre in Oakpark, Carlow. photograph: dylan vaughan

The hills of Chencha in southern Ethiopia, over 2,700m above sea level, are not a place where you might expect the Irish potato to be thriving undergr(...)

Two teenagers were sentenced to three years in prison with the final 18 months suspended at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Galway yesterday. Photograph: Google Street View

Video footage recorded on a mobile phone by the friend of two 17- year-old youths, who gave a 15-year-old schoolgirl neat vodka before one of them had(...)

The Reverend Dr Stewart Jones, who has died in a diving accident in Donegal Bay, was a straight-talking Presbyterian minister who combined academic di(...)

The merger of Irish NGOs Gorta and Self Help Africa last Saturday has created one of the largest non-profit agricultural organisations in Ireland and Britain.

The merger of Irish NGOs Gorta and Self Help Africa last Saturday has created one of the largest non-profit agricultural organisations in Ireland and (...)

  Joyce Banda: the incumbent president urged all sides to keep calm. Photograph: Amos Gumulira/AFP/Getty Images

Soldiers deployed in Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre yesterday after voters, angered by delays and mishaps at polling stations in a hotly contest(...)

Fr Gerry Campbell , with the Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady and Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin

A Catholic priest from the Armagh archdiocese has begun an 85 mile run from the Bann to the Boyne to raise awareness of and funds for Trócaire’s Le(...)

 ‘Hunger steals a child’s future. The effects of hunger do not stop there. Hunger exacts a heavy toll on national economies.’ Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

It is a tragedy that in today’s world hunger still threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of people, devastating children’s futures as(...)

Conor Fox: “We can calculate the level of greenhouse gas emissions saved from entering the atmosphere each year when one of their new fuel-efficient stoves is used”

Repeated encounters with the aftermath of extreme natural disasters in South America set Conor Fox on the road to acquiring the skills he neede(...)

Taking on the road: Derek Cullen and a local lizard in Botswana. Cullen is cycling solo through Africa for charity, taking in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zamibia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya.

Irish Lives: Peddling your way across the African plains, you tend to weigh up your options now and again: do I overtake this elephant now or lag behi(...)