Dún Aonghasa – one of Aran’s most spectacular monuments. Photograph: Discovery programme

When two Trinity College scientists landed on the Aran islands in 1891, they visited graveyards in search of old skulls, and all resident males were (...)

The stump of a 7,500-year-old tree at a drowned forest site exposed by storms at Spiddal, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Parts of extensive forests dating back 7,500 years that once marked Ireland’s Atlantic rim have been spectacularly exposed by the recent storms(...)

Georgian Dublin. Concerned that many historic buildings in town centres will continue to decline, the Heritage Council commissioned ecomomic consultants Peter Bacon & Associates, who were paid €38,000 excluding Vat for their work, to see what fiscal measures could be used to incentivise investment in the built heritage of towns.

A tax incentive scheme is urgently needed to encourage the rescue of decaying historic buildings in Irish towns, given “the collapse of public funds a(...)

Melissa Jeuken with her goats on her father’s farm near Mullaghmeen the Burren. Communities such as hers should be represented at the forum, says Conor Newman. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

At the first Global Irish Economic Forum back in 2009, one of the interesting features was the focus in businessman Dermot Desmond’s contribution on t(...)