Ballycastle

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Members of the Blewitt family in Knockmore, Co Mayo, third   cousins of US president Joe Biden,  watching  the inauguration ceremony in Washington. Photograph: Conor McKeown

As Joe Biden took the presidential oath of office in Washington DC, the Stars and Stripes fluttered outside shops in his ancestral Co Mayo town while,(...)

The Causeway Coastal Path stretches 52 exhilarating kilometres from Ballycastle to Portstewart.

It is shaping up to be another year for staycationing. Despite tantalising glimpses of the sunny uplands promised by Covid vaccines, many will not fee(...)

The sun setting on Rathlin Island, off the Antrim coast. Photograph Ziya Meral

When the pandemic began, and it became obvious it would last for some time, I knew it was time to let go of London. The city that has been my home and(...)

Picnic in the sun at St. Stephens Green, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

From March onwards, it was the strangest of times to be out and about reporting. Work took me all over the country both during and between lockdowns. (...)

Cillian O’Connor celebrates after scoring his second of four goals against Tipperary. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

One of the unexpected joys of lockdown was that I found music again. Like most teenagers, I was nuts about music. But then I lost it. So during the fi(...)

artists at Ballinglen Arts Centre, Ballycastle,  Co Mayo. Left to right: Helen Comerford, Patricia Hurl, Carole Nelson, Catherine Marshall, Barbara Freeman, Garda Teljeur, Therry Rudin, and Maria Levinge. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

I’m sitting round a large table in the village of Ballycastle, Co Mayo, with a collective of eight women who call themselves Na Cailleacha, or, the Ha(...)

The sun going down at Portrush harbour. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

From Derry to Ballycastle, tourist towns are ‘buzzing’ but contact tracing is inconsistent and holidaymakers are confused by different rules north (...)

InishBofin, Co Galway. Photograph: Declan Surpless

Our offhsore havens are opening up again – a perfect excuse to get away from it all In the darkest days of lockdown anyone with a grá for our of(...)

The ferry terminal in Larne Harbour where Inga Maria Hauser arrived in April 1988 from Scotland, two weeks before her body was discovered in a remote part of Ballypatrick Forest. File photograph: PA

Two people investigated in connection with the murder of German backpacker Inga Maria Hauser in Northern Ireland in April 1988 will not face prosecuti(...)

Claire Smyth and her two daughters Hannah and Bethany (right) who were involved in a quad bike crash near their home in Ballycastle on Tuesday. Bethany died and Hannah is seriously ill in hospital. Photograph: Pacemaker

The young victim of a tragic crash which claimed the lives of her mother and sister is making “small but significant steps” to recovery, a local churc(...)

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