Rock climbing Even those incapable of one proper push-up magically manage to find the strength in their chest, hips, fingers and thighs to(...)

Eamon Ó Cuiv: said he wanted the Minister to assure him the funding would continue after March

Inter-departmental discussions are under way on the funding of development companies in the non-Gaeltacht islands, Minister for the Environment Alan(...)

Ferry arriving at Sherkin Island. Photograph: David Sleator

Inhabitants of nine off-shore islands in the west are concerned at news that funding of their five community development companies will be stopped at (...)

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Tolkienesque tangle: hazels furred with lichen. Illustration: Michael Viney

On its way to the shore the boreen tilts down beside a creggan, a sandstone outcrop like a last, rocky toenail of the mountain. Abruptly steep (...)

    Fishing tradition: currachs on Inis Oírr. Photograph: Eamon Ward

On a sun-filled spring morning on the Aran island of Inis Oírr, dozens of cheerful students disgorge from several Doolin ferries. Some look for(...)

[FEATDROP5]A [/FEATDROP5]lighthouse stay offers a sense of sanctuary and escape from everyday life. The decommissioned lighthouse on Clare Isla(...)

  The decommissioned lighthouse on Clare Island with the  mainland in the background
To the lighthouse

A lighthouse stay offers a sense of sanctuary and escape from everyday life. The decommissioned lighthouse on Clare Island’s northeast face pre(...)

Gunnera: the gargantuan Chilean rhubarb-that-isn’t. Illustration: Michael Viney

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