An image from Rowena Keaveny’s contribution to the 2007 Finding Portlaoise project

The midlands tend to be misunderstood, not just in Ireland but everywhere. We find it easier to describe extremities than that nebulous region in w(...)

The Stena Carron oil drill ship, moored at Lerwick, Shetland Islands.  Scotland’s oil and gas riches are playing a major part in the independence debate. Photograph:   via Getty

For nearly four decades, the Shetland Islands have been linked in the public’s mind with oil, a community that has done well from the exploration of t(...)