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Catherine Barry, principal of Two Mile Community National School, Aughaleemore, Killarney. The school is one of a small number where patronage has been transferred away from the Catholic Church. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Five years ago the small primary school at Aughaleemore, on the outskirts of Killarney, was facing certain closure. Pupil numbers dropped to just 17 (...)

Padruig O’Sullivan, proprietor of The Beaufort Bar in Beaufort, Co Kerry: ‘It’s about coming in and escaping from reality and the challenges of everyday living.’ Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

“It’s not all about alcohol,” Padruig O’Sullivan, owner of the 180-year-old Beaufort Bar in the foothills of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks near Killarney,(...)

Accused: Alex Murdaugh in court in October. Photograph: Joshua Boucher/State/Tribune via Getty

Real-life villains don’t come more sharply drawn than Alex Murdaugh, a greedy and ghoulish personal-injuries lawyer who casts a haunting shadow over S(...)

Padruig O’Sullivan, proprietor of The Beaufort Bar, Beaufort, Co Kerry. ‘Retired people were asking last night what is in front of them this Christmas and are they to be locked into their own homes?’ Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Rural publicans have been left “totally in a heap” after news of the introduction of a more strict curfew for the hospitality industry broke on Friday(...)

 Catholic Institute coach David Passmore has said his side will surprise a few teams with their attacking play.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“We will be hard to play against, difficult to beat and will surprise a few teams with our attacking play,” said Catholic Institute coach David Passmo(...)

Paul Geaney’s son Paudi lifts the Munster Cup as Kerry celebrate their victory over Cork in Killarney. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

I was delighted to see a much improved Kerry on Sunday in Killarney. I still think they are a level below Dublin but you can see that they’re going th(...)

The People’s Park Haulbowline was officially opened on Saturday. Pictured are (  from left) Tim Lucey, chief executive, Cork County Council; Minister Michael McGrath; Cllr Gillian Coughlan, Mayor of the County of Cork; Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and his daughter Annalise;  Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, senior engineer, Cork County Council. Photograph:  Brian Lougheed

The work of Cork County Council in the €25 million remediation of a former slag heap in Cork Harbour has been praised and the success of the project h(...)

Team Ireland players, back row from left: Chloe Watkins, Michelle Carey, Sarah Torrans, Liz Murphy, Hannah McLoughlin, Zara Malseed, Deirdre Duke, Lena Tice, Sarah Hawkshaw, Sarah McAuley and Lizzie Holden. Front row from left: Shirley McCay, Nicci Daly, Ayeisha McFerran, Anna O’Flanagan, Katie Mullan, Roisin Upton, Hannah Matthews and Naomi Carroll. Photograph Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ayeisha McFerran Ayeisha McFerran Age: 25 Position: Goalkeeper Caps: 105 Current Club: SV Kampong (NED) Has been one of Ireland’s(...)

Outdoor gyms   have become more popular in public places across the island in recent years. Photograph: iStock

You’ve seen them, but have you ever used them? Outdoor gyms – those robust exercise machines designed for adults to use in the open air –(...)

Tim Foley  who lives in Cork city: ‘It is hard to pick yourself up after the restrictions are eased a small bit and bang, everything is closed again.’ Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

'I have found the lockdowns soul-destroying': Five people recount their experience of living alone during the three lockdowns The lifting of res(...)

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