Fianna Fáil councillor and solicitor Patrick McKee, who is currently Leas-Cathoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, is expected to contest the upcoming by-election in Carlow Kilkenny for Lucinda Creighton’s new political party Renua. Image: Youtube

Lucinda Creighton’s new political party Renua Ireland is set to poach a Fianna Fáil councillor to run in the upcoming byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny.So(...)

Omphalodes ‘Starry Eyes’. Photograph: Paddy Tobin

What is your favourite Irish plant? And no, you’re not allowed to say shamrock … Instead, I’m thinking of the thousands of wonderful garden plants (...)

Keep bees: your flowers will bloom more profusely, your fruit trees will crop more heavily and each autumn you’ll have delicious honey to share with friends. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly
40 ways to go green

1. Keep Bees The native Irish bee no longer exists in the wild. It is depending on us if it is to survive the onslaught of the varroa destructo(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

Every country has a top cat, and for the island of Ireland, that cat is mostly black with mixed patches of white. This colour is the most common in ea(...)

A hand-painted cabin by Studio Weave. Photograph: Jim Stephenson

“It’s very difficult to build neighbourhoods in Ireland that are not led by property developers,” says Rosie Lynch, co-organiser of the forthcoming N(...)

A file image of a man struggling with his umbrella in high winds. Met Eireann has issued two wind warnings for today with residents of counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim advised of gusts of up to 130km/h.

Met Éireann has issued a status orange wind warning for western counties, while a yellow warning has been put in place for most of the rest of the cou(...)

Ballyteigelea to St Mullin’s, Co Carlow Start point: From the Carlow village of Borris, take the R702 for Go(...)

Ralph Haslam on Mossfield Farm, his organic dairy farm just outside Birr, Co Offaly

Ralph Haslam makes the universal sign for crazy by tapping the side of his head with his finger when asked what his neighbours make of his farming (...)

Tyrone’s Seán Cavannagh and Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara will again do battle at Croke Park in their Division One encounter. Photograph: Inpho

Today Matches at 7.0 unless stated Division One Dublin v Tyrone, Croke Park – Mickey Harte’s more defensive alignment has raised eyebrows and th(...)

A group of Irish men from Garryowen, Co Limerick, members of the British army,  at the Giessen POW camp during the first World War.

Thousands of Irishmen were taken prisoner by the German army in the first World War and housed in prisoner-of-war camps in Germany. It is estimated th(...)