Louisburgh

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Séamus Keane holding an exercise class on his roof in Manhattan.

Séamus Keane, from Louisburgh, Co Mayo, lives in Manhattan and is fitness trainer. What has the mood been like in New York during the pandemic? At th(...)

Bundoran Beach, Co Donegal, lost its blu flag. Photograph: Holger Leue/Tourism Ireland

Bundoran Beach in Co Donegal and Bertra Strand and Golden Strand in Co Mayo have failed to retain their blue flag status for 2019. Rathmullan Marino (...)

Declan Davitt (26) and Martin Needham (27) drowned after the Ford Ranger Mr Davitt was driving was swept away after they attempted to cross the Carrowniskey river

A jury at inquests into the deaths of two friends who died when they tried to drive through a swollen river last Christmas has returned verdicts of ac(...)

Declan Davitt (26), from the Carrowniskey area near Louisburgh, Co Mayo, drowned in the early hours of Christmas Day after a  4x4 in which he was travelling entered a swollen waterway at about 2.30am.

Two young men who drowned in Louisburgh, Co Mayo, after their car left the road and entered a swollen river early on Christmas morning have been named(...)

David Larkin sent photographs of a garden spider (above), one of which he took through the web, showing its underside, which had markings quite different from its topside.

I have two nesting boxes in the garden, yet neither of them has ever been used. I have moved them away from the feeding tray, but still to no avail. (...)

A white swallow at Tacumshin from a photograph by Eric Dempsey. Illustration: Michael Viney

If I were going there this weekend – and I’m sorry I’m not, it’s too far – we would end up taking the road from Wexford to Kilmore Quay and then, a(...)

Blackberries come in many shapes and sizes. Illustration: Michael Viney

The glass tube with which I measure the rain for Met Éireann is kept safely sheathed on the upturned beak of a dolphin’s skull sitting on a bookcase ((...)

Fruit fly: scarce this year

A fruit fly just dropped into my glass of wine, normally there would have been many more. Also scarce or absent this year were bluebottles, black f(...)

The Fermanagh lakelands, Co Fermanagh

The judges of The Irish Times Best Place to Holiday in Ireland competition have selected an initial longlist of 25 locations. They include tourist-(...)