Great lake: mayflies’ sudden emergence from the water and nuptial swarmings have signalled the launch of anglers eager to catch trout with imitation mayflies of their own. Illustration: Michael Viney

The mayflies that dance above the lakes of late spring are of the insect order called Ephemeroptera: they hatch, fly, mate, lay eggs on the water and (...)

Presented with prizes following the Sheelin competition, were (from left): Michael McCabe (boat sponsor); Pat Bannon (winner); Davy Connor (cup sponsor, on behalf of his grandfather) and Hugh McLoughlin (committe)

A memorandum of understanding sealing a commitment to continue co-operation in research and education was agreed recently between Inland Fisheries (...)

Monster catch: Esox lucius has a lithe and muscular beauty. Illustration: Michael Viney

The pike, Esox lucius, is the one freshwater fish that looks at you with both eyes at once, above jutting, duck-billed jaws and spiny teeth. Even dead(...)

Left, from top, Hottentot fig and a large Asian hornet. Middle, a Siberian chipmunk. Right, from top, a zebra mussel and an American mink. Photographs: Thinkstock

In 1847 the Japanese knotweed was a gold-medal-winning plant with its unusually vigorous growth and pretty white flowers. Things are considerably d(...)

Salmon enchanted evening: Noel Clancy celebrated Valentine’s Day with a great springer of 13lb 8oz from Lough Currane

Inland Fisheries Ireland (Ifi) is preparing a National Angling Development Plan (Nadp) which it hopes will provide criteria, support and proposals to(...)

Galway Harbour: Fears about the impact of the development on fragile stocks of wild Atlantic salmon, European eel and birdlife were also expressed by Inland Fisheries Ireland and Birdwatch Ireland

Galway could experience more severe storm surges and flooding than the city is already exposed to if its port is extended southwards, an oral hearing(...)

Detailed plans for a proposed €126 million redevelopment which would allow Galway harbour to accommodate cruise liners were outlined during the firs(...)

Judge Hughes jailed pig farmer Donal Connaughton for 10 weeks and fined him €3,000 with €5,400 costs. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A pig farmer has been jailed after a judge labelled him “an absolute disgrace” for failing to prevent an environmental time bomb from threatening lake(...)

The oral hearing into the first phase of a proposed €126 million expansion of Galway harbour is expected to run for at least three weeks. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An Bord Pleanála is due to open an oral hearing today into the first phase of a €126 million expansion of Galway harbour that aims to provide cruise (...)

Julie Gerry (second left), winner of the Knockaderry competition in Kilmeaden, Co Waterford, with (from left): David Tantrum, John Flynn and Michael Drinan

FORMER world cup winner Julie Gerry lived up to her reputation as one of the finest fly fishers in Ireland with a comprehensive win at last weekend’s (...)