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Cruisers at Shannonbridge, Co Offaly

I have to admit that the midlands of Ireland have always represented a bit of a blank spot on the map for me. Up to now, my instinct has always been t(...)

Filip Gnitecki practises guitar at Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun, Dublin.

Ireland’s education system is a paradox. Abroad, international schools are slurping up our highly-trained teachers for both primary and secondary leve(...)

The investment includes €460 million earmarked for priority projects at national cultural institutions including the National Library. Photograph: Frank Miller

Investment of almost €1.2 billion in culture, heritage and Irish language works over the next decade will be announced on Tuesday as part of Project I(...)

More than 60 per cent of the Catholic dioceses on the island of Ireland presented no financial information on their websites at all. Photograph: Getty

Almost two-thirds of the 26 Catholic dioceses in Ireland do not publish any financial details on their websites, a new survey has found. The reverse (...)

Queen Maeve of Connacht is one of the Irish kings and queens whose lives you can follow around Ireland. Illustration: Expedia

The history of Ireland, with our tales of battles and intrigue, kidnappings and murders, plus our strong women who ruled the land, would offer a rich (...)

You may have seen last month how Fáilte Ireland wants to create a new brand for the Midlands, following on such successes as the Wild Atlantic Way and(...)

Priests heard there were “too many Masses in near-empty churches”. Photograph: Getty Images

Eight priests have taken their own lives in the past 10 to 15 years in Ireland, a meeting of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) in Cavan has be(...)

National Botanic Gardens, in Glasnevin, Dublin. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmainham Gaol, Castletown House and the Rock of Cashel were among the most popular heritage attractions in 2016 with r(...)

Perfect cycling conditions for a picturesque loop in Co Clare peppered with monuments and places of interest.  Photograph: Mark McGrath

Start your cycle in the matchmaking centre of the world, Lisdoonvarna, popularised by the Christy Moore song. Cycle south-west on the R478 to Doolin a(...)

Cardinal Cahal Daly: “The Northern accent, after all, grates on a lot of Southerners”

A leading Catholic bishop warned a government official in 1986 that Gerry Adams’s plan to end Sinn Féin’s abstentionist policy would not mean an end (...)

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