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Castlecomer Discovery Park, in Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

GET BACK TO NATURE Dublin City Farm St Anne’s Park, Raheny; free; dublincityfarm.com Dublin County Council’s first urban farm has only been open(...)

Bashar Samiz and his cousin Yamen in Ballaghaderreen: locals have won national and international plaudits for their response to refugees.

Bashar Samiz got to play chess when his fifth-year classmates at the Abbey Community College in Boyle, Co Roscommon, were doing their Christmas Irish (...)

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten: While there’s broad sympathy for Mr Naughten in  Roscommon, concern remains over the future rollout of broadband in rural areas. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

It was business as usual for former minister for communications Denis Naughten on Saturday as he launched the first phase of the Portunny Heritage Tra(...)

The meeting heard there was no pension for Catholic priests in this country and what was available to a retiring priest was at the whim of his bishop. Photograph: Getty Images

Priests were “broken-hearted” and left “feeling flat” following the visit to Ireland of Pope Francis last August, the Association of Catholic Priests (...)

Presidential hopeful Norma Burke (Bunty Twuntingdon McFuff) at City Hall. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council has voted not to endorse any candidate for the 2018 presidential election as the race for the Áras took a farcical turn in the cou(...)

Race for Áras an Uachtaráin (top row): Jimmy Smyth, Patrick Feeney, John Groarke, Pádraig Ó Céidigh. Middle row: Kevin Sharkey, Sarah Louise Mulligan, Seán Gallagher, Joan Freeman. Bottom row: Gemma O’Doherty, Gavin Duffy, Sinn Féin’s as-yet-unannounced candidate, President Michael D Higgins

The Government is signing the presidential election order on Tuesday, kick-starting a 28-day period in which hopeful candidates can secure a place on (...)

Race for Áras an Uachtaráin (top row): Jimmy Smyth, Patrick Feeney, John Groarke, Pádraig Ó Céidigh. Middle row: Kevin Sharkey, Sarah Louise Mulligan, Seán Gallagher, Joan Freeman. Bottom row: Gemma O’Doherty, Gavin Duffy, Sinn Féin’s as-yet-unannounced candidate, President Michael D Higgins

As it gathers momentum, so it gathers participants. The process of nominating candidates for the presidential election has been a background hum to th(...)

In 1994, at the Irish senior championships, they were pulling runners out of the mud for hours afterwards. There must be dozens of spikes still buried in those fields, lost souvenirs of a running war.

We were already ankle deep in mud and soon to be destroyed by the madness, starving, hysterical, naked. There are some things that young and innocent (...)

Tom Ryan’s oil on canvas, Mars agus Venus

Possibly the last place you’d expect to come across erotic art is a small gallery in a small village in Co Roscommon. But on Friday night Paul Dempse(...)

Head of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland Kathleen O’Toole: “Every crisis presents an opportunity.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

While people are frustrated, there is still regard for gardaí, the chairwoman of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland has said. Speaki(...)

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