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Hundreds of the country’s rarest toads - measuring only half an inch have been released into specially constructed ponds in west Kerry. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh

Over 1,000 natterjack “toadlets”, Ireland’s only native toad, have been released into specially constructed ponds in west Kerry after being rescued an(...)

Robert O’Hara Burke (left) and William John Willis, who were first to cross Australia from Melbourne in the south to the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north. They died on their way back as they struggled to reach a rescue party. Images: Getty

One of the most impressive statues in Melbourne commemorates Irishman Robert O’Hara Burke and his second-in-command William John Wills, who attempted (...)

Cromane strand. Image: Google Maps

A beach in Dingle Bay has had a no-bathing notice erected this weekend after high levels of a bacteria associated with the human and animal gut were f(...)

Expressions of sympathy on the late former TD Jackie Healy Rae were heard in the Dáil on Wednesday, nearly five years after his death. File photograph: Eric Luke

Lunchtime on Wednesday in Leinster House. The corridors are quiet. Leo Varadkar is still in the chamber answering routine questions about his departm(...)

Teatree Bay, Noosa national park

I’m standing ankle-deep in warm waters, just off Lady Elliot Island at the southern-most tip of the Great Barrier Reef, gingerly holding a sea cucumbe(...)

The Killorglin-based company cultivates mussels in Castlemaine harbour.

A Co Kerry mussel producer has failed in its attempt to bring an appeal against a decision to the Grand Chambre full court of the Strasbourg-based Eur(...)

Helen McEntee, Eamon Mallie, Noel Murphy, Leo Varadkar, Katherine Zappone and Declan McGrath pose in front of Murphy’s portrait of all the women members of the Oireachtas.

Straight after Taoiseach’s Questions on Tuesday, Leo Varadkar rushed from the Dáil chamber and down the main staircase for a photocall in front of one(...)

Beenkeragh in MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, with Caher Ridge as the backdrop. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Keep your hips loose and your head straight on. Sound advice for kayaking along the Caragh Lake or taking on Ireland’s biggest mountain, and a mantra (...)

The view from Moanlaur ridge across Dingle Bay bay to Caragh Lake and the  Coomloughra Horseshoe at the western end of the Reeks

There is nothing more pleasurable, to my way of thinking, than striding along a ridge whose slopes run steeply down to the sea. The north side of Ding(...)

The countryside between Barrow and Churchill.

At the roundabout follow the R551 north in the direction of Ardfert and Ballyheigue. The first section of road between Tralee and Ardfert is a mere 8k(...)

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