Zwena McCullough (on left), the award-winning allotment provider and the owner of the Hydro Farm Allotment site in Blarney, Co Cork, with plot holder Peggy Murray. Photograph: Richard Johnston

If I had to single out one of the very best things to emerge from the economic wreckage of the late noughties, it would be that, as a nation, we redis(...)

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“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;Conspiring with him how to load and blessWith fruit the vines tha(...)

In the mix: the cost of a basket of goods for a person with coeliac disease may be up to 87 per cent dearer than normal goods. Photograph: Thinkstock

Avoiding certain foods can be expensive. Allergies, food intolerance and coeliac disease – a severe reaction to gluten – can add hundreds, if not t(...)

At the recent launch of the Irish Soils Information System were (from left): Dr Rachel Creamer, Teagasc project man- ager; Prof Gerry Boyle, Teagasc director; Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin and Laura Burke, EPA director general. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Teagasc and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have come together to launch the new Irish Soil Information System. In what has been described a(...)

The Minister’s plan to get Éamon Ó Cuív on board didn’t succeed. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Something interesting has happened out west. For the best part of two years Bord Iascaigh Mhara has been trying to reboot the the Irish salmon farming(...)

 Julian Gough: In return for a pledge of $1 or more, donors were offered a PDF of his as-yet-unpublished short story Harvest, which was shortlisted for the €15,000 Davy Byrnes award earlier this year. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Berlin-based Irish novelist Julian Gough raised more than $2,000 (€1,500) from fans in just a few hours yesterday through an online project he hopes (...)

The theme of this year’s one-day Douglas Hyde Conference is ‘The Unsaved Harvest: Rural Ireland’s Cultural Heritage’. File.  Photograph: Frank Miller/ The Irish Times

The theme of this year’s one-day Douglas Hyde Conference is ‘The Unsaved Harvest: Rural Ireland’s Cultural Heritage’ and it takes place in Ballaghader(...)

Jockey Bryan Cooper: “I’ve got to see my specialist in a few weeks and hopefully I will be passed fit to start riding out in early August. The aim is to be back for Listowel.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Bryan Cooper is looking to be back on a horse next month in order to return to competitive action in time for Listowel’s Harvest Festival in mid-Septe(...)

There is a cloud of uncertainty over whether international companies in Switzerland will have access to EU markets. EPA/GIAN EHRENZELLER

When Taoiseach Enda Kenny vowed to make Ireland the best small country in the world to do business, we don’t know if he had Switzerland on his radar.T(...)

The Irish Wind Energy Association  said everybody with an interest in Irish energy policy should contribute to the paper.

The energy sector will have to bear a disproportionate burden of Ireland’s climate change obligations because of the expansion of agriculture, Mini(...)