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Dooagh village in Co Mayo as seen from Lough Accorymore on the side of Croaghaun mountain. Within Britain, Ireland is very much perceived as an extension of sorts of its domestic holiday market, competing with Scotland, the Lake District and Cornwall.

This should be a time of unbridled optimism for tourism. By year end, some 9 million tourists will have visited Ireland during the course of 2016. Tha(...)

10th July 1970: British soldiers take aim at civil rights demonstrators in the Falls Road, Belfast. File photograph: Malcolm Stroud/Express/Getty Images

Two former British soldiers are to be charged with murdering Official IRA member Joe McCann in west Belfast more than 44 years ago, the North’s Public(...)

Former footballers and victims of abuse Steve Walters  and Andy Woodward who have helped to bring the topic of sexual abuse to the fore. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Britain’s largest police force has launched an investigation into sex abuse claims involving London football clubs. The Metropolitan police said a te(...)

Maeve Walsh: impressed the judges with a dish of Kerry hill lamb. Photograph: Barry Cronin

A 23-year-old Dungarvan woman has been awarded the 2016 Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year title. Maeve Walsh is currently chef de partie at Restauran(...)

Runner and writer Michael Collins at Saint Croix, Quebec

Within the Famine memorial fundraising community, there’s a phenomenon quietly referred to as “famine fatigue”, which tacitly acknowledges that, in th(...)

An example of a palm oil ball which can be toxic to dogs found on Fistral beach in Cornwall. Photograph: Dave Meredith

Foul smelling globules resembling balls of fat on the north Mayo coast may be linked to a pollution incident at sea, says Coastwatch Europe. The glo(...)

Winning photographer George Stoyle, from Muston, North Yorkshire, won the overall prize of £5,000 (€5,970) for his image of a huge lion’s mane jellyfish and its “hitchhikers”. He said: “As I approached cautiously I noticed that a number of juvenile fish had taken refuge inside the stinging tentacles.” Photograph: George Stoyle/BWPA/PA Wire

A striking image of young fish taking refuge among the stinging tentacles of a giant jellyfish has scooped the top prize in this year’s British Wildli(...)

Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff: a public space named after the author.

Afternoon tea was rather fabulous. There were scrumdiddlyumptious snozzberries, edible teapots, yummy scrummy sandwich bars, loopy lollipop shortbrea(...)

 Seagulls are proving to be a menace in regards to litter in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The city seagull gets more and more like the urban fox. Like the latter it is fat and well fed with plenty of easy pickings. And brazen , lacking any (...)

Jean Cooper at La Siesta Bowls Club. “There are people out here that rent properties, they rely on their income every month, they know how much they need to survive out here.”  Photograph: Guy Hedgecoe

“When you live here, you’re not on holiday, you’ve got to have something to get up in the morning for,” says Jean Cooper, as she looks across the imma(...)

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