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Clockwise from  top left, Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt Mark Duffy, winchman Ciarán Smith and winchman Paul Ormsby, the four crew of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter, who died after it struck Blackrock Island. Photograph: Irish Coast Guard/PA Wire

The sound of the doorbell, almost exaggerated in pitch with time, is one that Martina Smith will never forget. Her husband’s good friends, CHC Ireland(...)

Iniskea South village: Barry Murphy’s boutique walking tours have explored the region since the mid-2000s

It’s wild. Northwest Mayo is the most remote place in Ireland. It contains the largest stretch of land uncrossed by a road, as well as the second lar(...)

Answering the Call. Achill Island RNLI Mayday Mile fundraiser.

Frequently, the RNLI answers mayday calls, but this May they need your help. The charity is calling on the people of Achill and its diaspora, to suppo(...)

Russia’s invasion has left Germany  dangerously dependent on Russian energy supplies, in particular natural gas.

In 1957, writer Heinrich Böll passed on to German readers of his Irish Journal a piece of mindful wisdom he picked up while living on Achill: when God(...)

Flag carriers Paul McNamara and PJ Gielty lead out the Dooagh pipe band on St Patrick’s Day on Achill Island, where traditional Achill pipe bands have marched since 1882. The Dooagh  band is the oldest of Achill’s five pipe bands, having been established in 1947.  Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

St Patrick’s morning at 6am and the beating sound of the drumín mór echoes around the village of Dooagh on the western end of Achill Island. It reverb(...)

One of the few Irish words that everyone in Ireland knows is amadán, “an idiot”. They might know liúdramán too, which is “a wastrel or a lout, or a la(...)

Skeaghanore duck.

At Ashford Castle we try to work with as many Irish producers as possible, but you can replace any of the ingredients with what is available to you. T(...)

Lily Ramirez Foran’s Oaxacan-style barbacoa

Barbacoa is a traditional Mexican dish generally prepared with beef, lamb, or goat. The whole idea is to slow-cook the meat in chillies, herbs and spi(...)

Calvey’s Achill rack of lamb with Velvet Cloud Caesar dressing

This dish is a beautiful alternative to grilled chops and spuds, using Calvey’s Achill mountain lamb. The Calveys have been rearing Mayo blackface mou(...)

Lilly Higgins: ‘Make stock with leftover chicken carcasses & vegetable scraps, build up a collection in the freezer.’

Food waste is a hot topic lately but it’s much more than a passing trend. It’s the way our grandparents used to cook, because they had to cook that wa(...)

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