Timely: this autumn’s supermoons and all the talk of life on Mars give a topical edge to I Was There’s distillation of evolution. Illustration: Michael Viney

How do you inspire an eight-year-old, say, with young delight in sharing with everything else on Earth, atoms born of the Big Bang, 14 billion years a(...)

South Street, New Ross: the potential of rural towns could be tapped into to relieve the burden on the capital.

Towns can be a part of the solution to Dublin’s housing shortage, by offering an alternative, according to architect and author, Orla Murphy. Speakin(...)

The site of Carrickmines Castle, in Co Dublin: the omission of any reference to its national monument status from the Carrickmines Conservation Plan highlights the urgent need for review of heritage policy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Thirteen years ago, a small, diverse group of concerned citizens called “Carrickminders” entered the site of the Carrickmines Castle, south Dublin. We(...)

‘The children start out nervous, but over time they are willing to pet the frog.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Insects and spiders, birds and bees, trees, swamps and the outdoors. David Attenborough said he has yet to meet a child who didn’t love nature, but(...)

Kristine Rose Beers, working on a mid-16th century Qur’an produced by the master artist Ruzbihan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There are few places where sticky goop made from fish meets mass spectrometry, other than in the conservation unit of a museum. The old and the new(...)

 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 (...)

An old Irish goat: you can learn about conserving the last ones during heritage week. Illustration: Michael Viney

Walk to the Boheh Stone to watch the sun roll down the Reek. Try Neolithic corngrinding at the Stone Age Céide Fields. Hear the lives of lighthouse ke(...)

The Trinity College Zoological Museum, a hidden treasure holding 25,000 artefacts including several extinct species, has been awarded full accreditati(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her department did not have the funds, estimated to be in the region of €12 million, necessary to buy the paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her “door is open” if the trustees who run Russborough House want to meet again over the sale of valuabl(...)

 Yew Court, Scalby, on a November night, by John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893), one of the paintings from the Beit collection at Russborough House that was auctioned at Christies’s in London earlier this week.

Full statement by the board of the Alfred Beit Foundation Wednesday June 17th, 2015 The Alfred Beit Foundation (ABF) is the owner of the relevant pai(...)