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’(...)

Air pollution levels in smaller towns not covered by the ban on ‘smoky’ coal in Dublin exceed accepted EU limits, research says.  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Asthma Society of Ireland has been to the fore in campaigning for a national coal ban for decades. Emeritus board member Ann Robinson, from Ennisc(...)

The addition of a porch to the front of a house, particularly with older properties, is popular because it can improve insulation and security in addition to aesthetics. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q Recently I have been quite unhappy with the state of my porch as it has become quite dishevelled. I plan on replacing it with an improved structu(...)

A Limerick couple who lost their premature baby son have discovered the plot he was buried in was later sold for adult burials. No record was kept of (...)

Last week the CBA, which represents around 250 small and medium-sized businesses in Cork city, came out strongly against the recommendation made by three of the five members of the group under the chairmanship of former Beamish & Crawford MD, Alf Smiddy (above).

A former president of the Cork Business Association (CBA) has come out against the association’s opposition to the proposed merger of Cork City Counci(...)

Two committee members disagreed with the conclusion and argued trenchantly for a two-council solution. Photograph: Getty Images

Former minister for the environment Phil Hogan oversaw the abolition of town councils and mergers of some county councils as part of a dramatic and co(...)

Minister Alan Kelly said there is potential to achieve much more than a boundary extension or simple merger of two existing councils. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cork is heading in to “virgin territory” with a new report recommending the creation of a unitary local government authority and a merger of the city (...)

The scene at Thomond Bridge in Limerick on Saturday evening as the cage structure was lifted out of the water. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Tributes have been paid to two workers who died tragically on Thomond Bridge in Limerick at the weekend, as their families prepare for their funerals.(...)

 Maureen Smith with her son Seán and grandson Noah (12) at Sandymount, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Children’s “freedom to roam” has completely changed over the years. They are now more supervised than ever before and their timetables and activities (...)