Curracloe

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Neil Paul and Bríd Conroy, at their home in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

AFTER A WRONG TURN LED THEM TO DISCOVER AN ABANDONED CO MAYO SCHOOL, NEIL PAUL AND BRÍD CONROY HAVE TURNED IT INTO A HOME – AND OPENED A BOOKSHOP –(...)

‘When God was giving out brains, you were in the queue for testicles!’

Hennessy looks at me like he’s imagining killing me with his bare hands. Which he almost certainly is. “You did what?” he goes. I’m there, “I found (...)

Events of last weekend saw the burning of 13 acres of beachside land at Curracloe in Co Wexford and provide a  useful warning of the dangers involved.  Photograph:  Jack Meehan

Relaxing wildfire vigilance at this time, because of scattered rainfall events in parts of the country, would be a serious mistake. The potential for (...)

Hundreds of people were evacuated from Curracloe beach in Co Wexford on Sunday after a fire broke out in the sand dunes. Photograph: Surf Shack Curracloe/Facebook

Hundreds of people were evacuated from Curracloe beach in Co Wexford on Sunday after a fire broke out in the sand dunes. Emergency services were on (...)

Croatia’s tiny and remote Vis island, pictured here, is enjoying its final days of obscurity as it takes on the role of a Greek Island in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, due to hit the cinemas this weekend.

Croatia’s tiny and remote Vis island, with its endless beaches, is enjoying its final days of obscurity as it takes on the role of a Greek Island in M(...)

An RNLI lifeboat crew from Rosslare Harbour came to the surfer’s aid after he was spotted by Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117, and he was lifted on board. Photograph: Getty Images

A surfer had to be rescued off the Wexford coast on Monday after he was carried out to sea by a rip current. The man was one of two surfers who were c(...)

Discarded tyres constituted a significant litter nuisance. Photograph: Getty Images

Littering and pollution along the Irish coastline confirm “a new building boom” and the expansion of agriculture throughout the island, according to t(...)

The teenage swimmer has been been airlifted to Waterford University Hospital (above)  after she was injured jumping off a bridge. Image: Google Streetview

A teenage swimmer has been airlifted to hospital after she was injured jumping off a bridge. Emergency services responded at about 5pm on Wednesday (...)

Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik who was murdered in 1969: US priest Joseph Maskell, who fled to Ireland following sex abuse allegations in Baltimore,  is suspected of involvement in the unsolved murder of Sr Cesnik

The Health Service Executive is investigating the activities of US priest Joseph Maskell, who fled to Ireland following sex abuse allegations in Balti(...)

A surfer  in Strandhill Co Sligo  – one of three non-Blue Flag beaches  on the TripAdvisor list. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Rugged, windswept, and a bit untamed. Sounding not unlike a cliché from a romantic fiction novel, that is how Irish people like their beaches, accordi(...)