Aran Islander photographed in 1955. Photograph: George Pickow/Three Lions/Getty Images

Purist Irish-language practitioners who frown on phrases such as “mo bhicycle” and “mo mhobile fón” are a “pain in the neck”, according to a Californi(...)

Oileáin Árainn in green, playing against Micheál Breathnach’s from Indreabhán, Connemara at  Inis Oírr Park  with  the 14th century O’Brien castle in the background.  PIc: Seán Ó Mainnín

Once it emerged that two island clubs, Oileáin Árainn and Achill Island had qualified for a Junior A Connacht football final the local radio statio(...)

An aerial view of the Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, during an Aer Arann sightseeing flight. Photograph: Andrew Downes

The last time I was on a sightseeing flight, it was in Peru, and my eyes were closed in expensive terror most of the time. I am privately hoping this (...)