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 Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster  speaks to the media outside   St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster has strongly reiterated her view that Northern Ireland leaves the European Union on exactly the same te(...)

British prime minister Theresa May inspects a family farm in Bangor, Co Down, in March of this year. File photograph: Getty Images

Inspections on live animal imports into Northern Ireland from Britain would have to increase tenfold to full checks under the so-called backstop to av(...)

Competitors line up before dawn on the beach in Tenby, Wales, before the start of the Wales Ironman earlier this month. Photograph: Andrew Testa/The New York Times

Ricky Hicks and Gary Evans scanned the list, searching for their names. Hicks spotted his first: No 647. It took Evans longer. No surprise, really – E(...)

Beaghmore Stone Circles in Co Tyrone, a few miles northwest of Cookstown. Photograph: Ken Williams

Less than 100 years ago, dark skies dominated Ireland. For millennia, the stars guided farmers and helped form our earliest mythologies, while the cyc(...)

Anne Hughes, Phyl McDonald and Gabrielle Lowe. Phyl (94) is the oldest member of the Dún Laoghaire Active Retirement Association. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ageing is the new cool as people’s quality of life increases as they grow older, a researcher told the Dún Laoghaire Active Retirement Association on (...)

The striking Roque de Agando at sunrise. Photograph: Getty Images

With the heavy iron key that looked like a prop from a Harry Potter film, Pedro opened the old wooden door and I peered down into the well. As my eyes(...)

Séamus Mac Aogáin was born in Abbeyshrule, Co Longford. He is a writer, playwright and storyteller who lives in La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands (...)

A woman tries to cool off with water at the Retiro park,  in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Temperatures may break records across Europe in the coming week, with weather warnings currently in place across much of Spain and Portugal. Althoug(...)

A false widow spider. File photograph

Fears have been expressed for the future of Ireland’s only native lizard species after a specimen was found to have been eaten by an alien killer spid(...)

Visit the tomb of King Tutankhamun and see the ancient Pyramids and timeworn Sphinx with a visit to Egypt.

Historic heroes and present day paradise Visit the tomb of King Tutankhamun and see the ancient Pyramids and timeworn Sphinx with a visit to Egypt. (...)

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