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The black-legged Kittiwake in classical pose, perched on a coastal cliff face.

The survival of the Kittiwake, a small cliff-nesting species of gull which breeds in colonies around the Irish coast, is globally threatened, accordin(...)

Puffins are so exhausted when they return to their coastal burrows that they only lay one egg and struggle to feed one chick, the study found. Photograph: Dr Mark Jessopp

Irish-based puffins are in decline possibly because, being far more adventurous than their northern European and north American cousins, they are too (...)

Residents wade through floodwaters in Houston, Texas, US, this week. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

The US National Weather Service is not noted for alarmist pronouncements. So when it tweeted that Hurricane Harvey was unprecedented and that “al(...)

Tempy, Orla and Oisin Osborne

Few of us become so absorbed by our Atlantic coastline that it sends us off on a lifetime’s odyssey, training a team of huskies to explore the high Ar(...)

A security alert in 2009 in south Armagh on the Border near the village of Forkhill. The  Border meanders for 499km

Notions of a high-tech unseen border are a pipe dream or smokescreen, Brexiteer promises of a soft border almost worthless. British prime minister The(...)

St Patrick surrounded by visiting Spanish students in Dublin in advance of the parade of Friday’s parade. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The luck of the Irish doesn’t always hold weather-wise on St Patrick’s Day but Dublin has been enjoying glorious spring sunshine in the run-up to this(...)

Reunification costs: Britain might argue that Northern Ireland has been responsible for a disproportionate share of UK debt, and would therefore push for a larger share of this liability to be transferred to a united Ireland. File image: Getty

With the British government opting for a hard Brexit, it would appear that the only way Northern Ireland and Scotland can stay part of the EU single m(...)

Birna Brjansdottir, whose mysterious killing in Iceland has horrified and riveted the tiny country, where murder is exceedingly rare. Photograph: Reykjavik Metropolitan Police via The New York Times

For weeks, the people of Iceland, a small Nordic country where the police do not usually carry guns and murders are exceedingly rare, have been horri(...)

Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald and Northern leader Michelle O’Neill were impressively vague this week about Sinn Féin’s campaign for EU special status. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sinn Féin is establishing realistic goals at Stormont and on Brexit, after months of confusion and absolutism. At Stormont, the phrase to watch for i(...)

Rock Obelisk marking what was believed to be the geographical centre of North America In Rugby, North Dakota, 1955. Photograph: Frederic Lewis/Getty Images

In 1931, the town of Rugby, North Dakota, erected a 15-foot stone monument declaring itself the “geographical centre of north America.” For 85 years(...)

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