Skellig Michael.  Star Wars filming may return to the Skelligs this year, following last summer’s controversial use of the Unesco world heritage site. Photograph: David Sleator

Star Wars may return to Skellig Michael this autumn, following last summer’s controversial use of the Unesco world heritage site as a film set. The (...)

Scaffolding surrounds the 16th century O’Flaherty Castle on Ballynahinch Lake in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Management at the Connemara hotel owned by businessman Denis O’Brien says it has full authorisation for survey work currently being undertaken on a 16(...)

The dead sea eagle found in her nest only weeks before laying eggs. It’s the 13th poisoning to have occurred since the birds were reintroduced to Connemara

A white-tailed eagle who was just about to lay several eggs died of poisoning at her nest site in Connemara, according to toxicology test results.The (...)

‘The Burren Farming for Conservation Programme, which grew out of an EU Life scheme, has several distinctive features well worth emulating elsewhere.’ Photograph: Getty Images

There’s a very common notion, and a distinctly toxic one, that the relationship between farming and nature conservation in Ireland is necessarily a(...)

The partridge’s shift from ubiquity to extreme rarity is a textbook illustration of the intimate relationship between wildlife and farming practices.

The courtship song of the grey partridge is rather harsh, to human ears at least. But its kierr-ik dialogue used to be as evocative of Irish summer ni(...)

The dead female hen harrier found in Co Kerry. Photograph: Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

An investigation has begun after a young hen harrier was shot dead in Co Kerry. The rare female bird of prey was being followed by thousands of people(...)

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

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 (...)

Common ground?: new rules have dismayed hill farmers. Illustration: Michael Viney

‘For most of an hour’s hike, this bog is a desert of black slime, pricked here and there by a miserable stubble . . . The bog’s final break-up into bl(...)

Injured peregrine falcon with ring on leg which showed it was  young and on one of its first flights. Photograph: Peter Murphy,

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is has appealed for information after a young peregrine falcon was illegally shot in Co Wexford.The native bir(...)