One day at the museum: some of the exhibits at the Natural History Museum on Dublin’s Merrion Street. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:44

The tourism and research potential of our Natural History Museum is being dragged down by budget cuts. About 300,000 visitors drop into Dublin’s fa(...)

 Prof Mike Williams, geologist wtih NUI Galway Earth and Ocean Sciences, recording data on the  remains of an oak trackway, estimated to be between 3,700  years old, on the shoreline near Furbo. The trackway was uncovered by last winter’s storms. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The north Connemara coastline could be one of this island’s richest “time capsules” of life before sea levels rose, according to State archaeologists(...)

Host Daithí Ó Sé with Dublin Rose Roisin Lyons prepare for the Rose of Tralee Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
What’s on for the weekend

The Merriman Summer SchoolThe Merriman Summer School continues in Glór, Ennis, Co Clare until Sunday. Emotional Life in Ireland is the theme, and ther(...)

The remaining walls of Arkin’s Castle on Inis Mór, stonework from which  been exposed by storm surges which burst through the castle’s sea gate. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway Bay could be a “younger” geological formation than previously estimated, following precise dating of a fragment from an ancient oak trackway u(...)

Picnicking will reduce meal costs

Here comes the summer, but with the sun (if it appears) come extra cost. There are many ways to save – some old-school and some new – here are just(...)

Stamp showing the Waterford Kite Brooch (c.1090), one of Ireland’s finest pieces of late 11th/early 12th century secular metalwork against a background map of Waterford City (both images courtesy of Waterford Treasures Museums).

An Post is putting its stamp on the celebrations to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf through the issuing of two stamps wh(...)

 Viking weapons: iron arrowheads from Dublin excavations. Photograph:  Anne Keenan, National Museum of Ireland

The Battle of Clontarf was fought, we are told, on Good Friday – April 23rd – 1014. The National Museum of Ireland is marking its 1,000th anniv(...)

A researcher painstakingly documents one of the Lough Corrib finds.

A 4,500-year-old log boat is among 12 early Bronze Age, Iron Age and medieval craft that have been located in Lough Corrib, along with several (...)

Remains of an oak trackway, estimated to be between 3,500 and 4,500 years old, on the shore near Furbo, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fragments of an oak trackway suggesting human habitation have been found within the 7,500-year-old “drowned forest” on the north Galway shoreline. (...)

The sculpture of the ‘leopard man’ at the Museum of Central Africa in a suburb of Brussels. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty

Last month, George Clooney was drawn into a cultural debate that has long been a sensitive issue for Britain. Asked during a press conference i(...)