Digging in: Mick O’Dea and Matt Smith at Moy Hill Community Farm. Photograph: Calum Creasey

It’s like a scene from 1950s Ireland. Two workhorses are pulling a harrow across a field in Lahinch. But this is far from a typical farm. After all, L(...)

Tourist attraction? Cliffs on the Wild Atlantic Way. Illustration: Michael Viney

The wavy white lines of the Wild Atlantic Way proliferate on new road signs all around us – signs that light up in car headlights with such explosive (...)

Contrails: the jet streams wrapped around the planet are broad rivers of wind often thousands of kilometres long, shifting between north and south as seasons change. Illustration: Michael Viney

Between the slashing hail squalls borrowed from Canada’s winter, I kept an eye on the sky above the mountain, looking for contrails speeding far too f(...)

A holly patrol has been put in place in the Killarney National Park amid fears that the annual hacking down of whole red-berried holly trees for the C(...)

Nutritionally poor: greater white-toothed shrew

An invasive shrew species is spreading rapidly across the south and midlands, in the process driving out the native pygmy shrew. This is bad news f(...)

Nature’s way: The refurbished playground in Merrion Square, Dublin, which is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s story The Selfish Giant

Swings and roundabouts: What playground do you favour, and why? Email swayman@irishtimes.com or comment on the article below. We hope to publish a (...)

A spokeswoman for Minister Heather Humphreys said the department, the Heritage Council, the Crawford Gallery and other public bodies were offering “advice and assistance” to the Shellswell White family “in working towards a sustainable future for Bantry House”.

Next month’s sale of pictures and furniture at Bantry House in west Cork has been called off – officially because Scottish fine art auctioneers Lyo(...)

The owners of Bantry House in Co Cork, who are planning to sell its contents by auction next month, previously declined a substantial offer of grant (...)

The 4th annual Charlie Chaplin film festival returns to Waterville in Co Kerry this weekend with live comedy, music, street theatre, workshops, discussion panels and the very best of film both in comedy and social commentary.

A look at what’s on around the country this weekend: Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival The 4th annual film festival returns to Watervill(...)

Nico Hatron and Fiona Hatron-Byrne with their children Kiran (9) and Harry (19 months), at Cabinteely, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Overprotective parents are the butt of the joke in an advert released by St John Ambulance in the UK this summer that depicts a boy receiving a pre(...)