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The Soloheadbeg ambush, in which two policemen were shot dead by a group of Volunteers led by Dan Breen and Seán Treacy, has left an ambiguous legacy. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Centenary commemorations took place this weekend to mark the opening shots at Soloheadbeg in Co Tipperary of what became known as the War of Independe(...)

Simon Clark and Rachel Winter who are running around the coast of Ireland for their chosen charity Ecologia Youth Trust pictured in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

“We’re quite shy, actually, both of us are,” says Simon, topping up his glass of ginger beer. “I’m not good at asking for anything, really,” says Rac(...)

A daffodil in bloom. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

The latest figures from Met Éireann confirm what we have heard anecdotally about the mildness of the winter so far. Soil temperature which are indicat(...)

A Painted Lady butterfly pictured on a headland west of Castletownbere, Co Cork by Patrick Lyne

To paraphrase Bob Dylan, you don’t need to be a weatherman to know that we are experiencing an extraordinarily mild winter. And the evidence is not ha(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Michael Creed  with Marine Institute CEO Peter Heffernan and Evelyn Cusack, head of forecasting at Met Éireann at the announcement of a €700,000 investment  in the marine data buoy network. Photograph: Darragh Kane

The ability to predict extreme weather events increasingly facing Ireland due to climate change is to be enhanced with high-tech upgrades to the marin(...)

Photograph: Eoin Rafferty

Nuala O’Connor (aka Nuala Ní Chonchúir) is a writer and poet who has published 14 books, most recently her fourth novel, Becoming Belle. Raised in Pal(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: has been asked  to close the €109 million funding gap in the health service’s capital budget to ensure an “essential” Galway cancer treatment unit is built. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Any delay in developing a new €30-million cancer treatment centre in Galway is “completely unacceptable”, the president of the National Association of(...)

The SEI ocean energy buoy moored off Spiddal, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy

Late last year, Ireland found itself straggling behind its European partners in the climate-change fight, well on course to miss its targets on emissi(...)

Landing on the pristine white beaches of Inishkea South.

Irish sea kayaking is world class, yet only recently has word begun to spread about the quality of the paddling on offer here. This isn’t surprising, (...)

“Charity shops are an important source of funding for a number of Irish charities and the work they do, and they depend on the public’s trust and generosity,” Charities Regulator chief executive John Farrelly said. File photograph: Getty Images

A Co Mayo woman has told a judge she set up an unregistered charity shop to assist local causes, including families suddenly bereaved who needed money(...)

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