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The estuary on Lough Foyle which marks the start of the border between Derry and Donegal. Even the control of Lough Foyle for fishery purposes remains unclear.

There is one potentially sensitive issue in our relationships with Britain (and Britain’s relationship with the EU) that has been obscured, so far at (...)

Patrick Kielty’s  heartfelt  film swings between optimism and despair

Alongside his work as comedian and TV presenter, Patrick Kielty has over recent years embarked on the parallel career of explaining Northern Ireland t(...)


Fáilte Ireland has announced funding of €9 million to build outdoor dining spaces across Ireland over the next six months. As the summer draws to a c(...)

Four Seasons in One Day: we are never entirely sure which side of the Border we are on as we accompany the ferry that crosses Carlingford Lough, shuffling people and cars between Co Louth and Co Down

Borderline: Four Seasons in One Day (RTÉ One, Tuesday) is a Belgian art-house rumination on the Border, Brexit and the liminal otherness of the places(...)

An artist’s impression of the proposed Narrow Water bridge at Carlingford Lough.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has announced €3 million in funding towards the Narrow Water Bridge linking the Mourne Mountains in Co Down and the Cooley pe(...)

Ireland is blessed with a myriad of cycling routes suitable for cyclists of all standards.

From epic rides along the rugged coast or over high mountain passes, to perfectly flat and leisurely spins along by lakes and canals, her(...)

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 –(...)

Vicki McGrath at Harry’s Hole, Marble Hill, Co Donegal.

One thing this island does not lack is great swimming spots. Mary MCCarthy has picked some of the VERY best LOCATIONS FOR A DIP – in the sea, (...)

Rozanna Purcell at Diamond Hill, in Connemara National Park, Galway

What better way to get active again than taking to the highways and byways of Ireland’s hills and mountains? Rozanna Purcell, author and creator of(...)

Schools that gave their students a chance to help design their transition-year programmes have managed to keep their classes more engaged. Photograph: iStock

It is a year of school that secondary students actually look forward to. But Covid-19, lockdowns and school closures have swept much of what makes tra(...)

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