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The Christmas-decorated drawingroom at Hayfield Manor in Cork.

The days between Christmas and New Year can drag on – and more so this year: Christmas and St Stephen’s Day falls on a Monday and Tuesday, which means(...)

Evelyn O’Toole, founder and chief executive of CLS. The firm is the largest privately owned contract laboratory in Ireland

Evelyn O’Toole, founder and chief executive of Co Galway-based Contract Lab Solutions (CLS), the largest privately owned contract laboratory in the co(...)

The EPA says waste water is one of the main threats to water quality in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Waste-water treatment facilities in 50 of Ireland’s 185 large towns and cities fail to comply with EU standards, according to the latest Environmental(...)

Cycling on the Mayo Greenway, on the Wild Atlantic Way

A repeat of the large growth in visitor numbers from Australia over the past five years is “entirely doable” if more hotel accommodation is made avail(...)

The view from the west-facing ridge of the Western Coom in the Partry Mountains.

The Partry Mountains are the least visited of the famous mountain ranges that encircle Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord, and it is only recently (...)

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(...)

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