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A law still prevails as to the breaking  open of vaults and the extracting of teeth from dead bodies.

An 1836 law to apprehend those who broke open vaults under the churches of St Andrew and St Mark in Dublin city “and opened several coffins and extrac(...)

Kilkenny Castle and John’s Bridge, Kilkenny. Photograph: Getty Images

Even when nobody was visiting, Kilkenny was busy preparing for when they would. The pandemic has been cruel and heartless, but the county has used the(...)

No matter where you are on the island, experienced runner Conor O'Keeffe has a route picked for you.  Please remember the maps be(...)

Ireland is blessed with a myriad of cycling routes suitable for cyclists of all standards.

From epic rides along the rugged coast or over high mountain passes, to perfectly flat and leisurely spins along by lakes and canals, her(...)

Vicki McGrath at Harry’s Hole, Marble Hill, Co Donegal.

One thing this island does not lack is great swimming spots. Mary MCCarthy has picked some of the VERY best LOCATIONS FOR A DIP – in the sea, (...)

Joe Sheridan, owner of Walsh’s Bar in Dunmore, Co Galway: “The pub and its ancillary services will be running in parallel with each other.” Photograph: AFP

In the north Galway town of Dunmore, there were 18 pubs 20 years ago. Now there are just six. Locals have already turned one of nine vacant properti(...)

People eating outside the Green Land Cafe in Fairview, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Food businesses and restaurants in Dublin have described the support of customers over the first weekend of enforced closures as “unbelievable” and “a(...)

Foley’s on the Mall in Lismore, Co Waterford. Caitlin and Eugene Lyons bought their pub seven years ago and ‘poured [their] hearts and souls into it’.

The owners of Foley’s in Lismore, Co Waterford could teach the world a thing or two about bad timing. Caitlin and Eugene Lyons bought their pub seven(...)

The Greatest of These (1943), by Francis McManus, tells of how a priest’s insistence on setting up a school for the poor in his parish sets him on a collision course with his wealthy parishioners and, ultimately, his bishop. Photograph: Getty Images

Francis McManus (1909-1965) is known to those of us of a certain age because his novel depicting a priest’s revolt against authority, The Greatest of (...)

Cove House, Dunmore East: built in the early 1800s, its rooms are generously proportioned.

Set in the heart of the picture-perfect village of Dunmore East on the southeast coast, Cove House is at the top of a quiet, downhill cul-de-sac which(...)

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