Inishbofin Island, Co Galway, which is famed for its “pirate presence” of Grace O’Malley . Photograph: Frank Miiller/The Irish Times

Inishbofin has become the first Irish island to receive an international ecotourism award. The Ecotourism award, which will be presented today to a (...)

“1916 always seemed like this huge mythical thing for me”: Jimmy Sheeran and John Colbert

History always remembers the big events and the important names, but the stories of the bit players should not be forgotten. This viewpoint was the st(...)

Amid the commemorative events marking the 1916 centenary, Rising makes an intriguing contribution with its collection of human stories. James Sh(...)

Westport House in Co Mayo. File photograph: Keith Heneghan/ Phocus.

The Heritage Council has confirmed that any sale of Westport House before 2017 would require repayment of €2 million in State grants for maintaining t(...)

Westport House, Co Mayo. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister of State for Tourism Michael Ring has said negotiations between the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) and Mayo County Council on the fu(...)

Westport House, Co Mayo.

Westport House, the 18th-century mansion which forms the centrepiece of one of the west’s most important tourist sites, has been put up for sale for €(...)

Westport House in Westport, Co Mayo.

Doubts have been raised about Mayo County Council’s ability to secure Westport House’s future almost three months after the National Asset Management (...)

Westport House: the estate’s gross value is just over €12m, according to probate documents

The owners of Westport House in Co Mayo say they are still “in the dark” about the estate’s future, following Government intervention to exclude it fr(...)

 Karen Browne, Biddy Hughes (marketing director) and Sheelyn Browne. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Sheelyn Browne’s ancestors, including the legendary Grace O’Malley, survived famines and rebellions at the family estate in Westport, which was once d(...)

Views of Westport, Co Mayo. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónail /The Irish Times

Westport House in Co Mayo generates some €50 million a year in indirect investment in the county and wider western region, according to a consultants’(...)