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“Something special”: Bru na Mara in Carna, Connemara, a collection of holiday homes, for sale for €800,000

Ireland has long been a top destination for American and British holidaymakers. But changes in currency rates coupled with a reluctance to travel have(...)

 Méabh Ní Ghionnáin from Galway with Kaitlyn Dow from Connecticut, who launched the 1.5m sail boat across the Atlantic. Photograph: Andrew Downes

When US secondary school student Kaitlyn Dow launched a model yacht off the Cape Cod coast last Spring, little did she know it would eventually take h(...)

Severe damage to the stocks of sea trout in some Connacht rivers sparked the current research into the fish.

My favourite stretch of Mayo river flows between ivied oaks in a hollow below the bog and onwards under Louisburgh’s bridge to the sea. The Bunowen is(...)

Bernard Heaney, a lifelong resident of Inisturk fishing in the bay

“Good morning, Clifden, this is Island Discovery, en route to Inishbofin with six passengers and five crew,” says the man at the wheel, Dermot Concann(...)

Barbara Walsh (33), known locally as Babe Dara Aindriú, vanished from the family home at Roisín na Maithníoch (Rusheenamanagh) outside Carna, Connemara,   in the early hours of June 22nd, 1985.

Garda divers are searching lakes near Carna in Connemara as part of a continuing investigation into the disappearance of a young mother from the area (...)

Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh’s parents emigrated from Ireland to  America  in the 1950s.    Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/The New York Times

Boston mayor Marty Walsh has vowed to defend the rights of the undocumented Irish and other illegal migrants should US president-elect Donald Trump se(...)

Newly elected Independent TD Catherine Connolly, a committed cyclist, leaving the Galway West count centre last weekend. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When Máire Geoghegan-Quinn became the first woman to hold a Cabinet post since 1922, this newspaper recorded that the “tiresome comparisons with Count(...)

Detail from Sir John Lavery’s The Maid was in the Garden Hanging out the Clothes is estimated at £300,000-£500,000

Last month, Japanese Switzerland, a painting by Sir John Lavery was the top lot at Sotheby’s “Irish Sale” in London where it sold for £509,000 (app(...)

Irish Roots

I was recently involved in researching the family tree of Marty Walsh, the mayor of Boston, as part of the mother of all Irish festivals, iFest Boston(...)

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