Clifden Arts Festival: President Michael D Higgins said young people who discover they have a talent can still expect this to be “welcomed and celebrated”

President Michael D Higgins has said that Irish society stands out in an increasingly globalised world in valuing the “work of the imagination”. Youn(...)

Limerick-to-Dublin rail commuter John Maguire, from Monaleen, Limerick,  in Limerick Junction, where he catches the 6.45am train to Dublin. Photograph Liam Burke Press 22

It is 5.45am on Tuesday and still dark out. There are just four people sitting in the waiting area of Colbert Station in Limerick ahead of the departu(...)

Roundstone from the harbour. The Galway village comes alive during the summer.

Roundstone in Connemara is a pretty little village set on the edge of the bog about a 70-minute drive north of Galway city. Next stop: America. The s(...)

Leitrim Surf Company: one of the nicest ways to explore Leitrim’s tiny but lovely coastline is on stand-up paddle tour

LEINSTER Cycle Wexford’s Euro Velo and the Norman trail Wexford has just launched its 120km section of the EuroVelo 1 route from Rosslare harbour to (...)

Arts archive: Carmel O’Sullivan of UCD Library; Prof Andrew Deeks, UCD president; and Brendan Flynn, founder of the Clifden Arts Festival.  Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Extensive film and audio recordings of poets Seamus Heaney, Paula Meehan and Moya Cannon and musicians Christy Moore and Bill Whelan form part of a C(...)

Irish Water has estimated all sewage treatment plants will be upgraded by 2021 at a cost of €1.25 billion. Photograph: iStock

The European Commission is taking the State to court over the pumping of raw sewage into rivers and the sea. They say 38 towns and cities have inadeq(...)

Road leading to Letterfrack, Co Galway. Forum Connemara, based in Letterfrack, said it had been devastated by the loss of a key community programme for the area. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government’s commitment to combating rural decline has been questioned by a Connemara development group which says it has been forced to shed eigh(...)

Pascal Whelan: February 5th, 1942-February 5th, 2017. Photograph: Kevin Griffin
Obituary: Pascal Whelan

Pascal Whelan, who has died at the age of 75, was both a professional stuntman who doubled for many leading actors and the last permanent resident of (...)

Bernard Heaney, a lifelong resident of Inisturk fishing in the bay

“Good morning, Clifden, this is Island Discovery, en route to Inishbofin with six passengers and five crew,” says the man at the wheel, Dermot Concann(...)

Barbara Walsh (33), known locally as Babe Dara Aindriú, vanished from the family home at Roisín na Maithníoch (Rusheenamanagh) outside Carna, Connemara,   in the early hours of June 22nd, 1985.

Garda divers are searching lakes near Carna in Connemara as part of a continuing investigation into the disappearance of a young mother from the area (...)