Dursey Island

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Gougane Barra Hotel, west Cork.

In many ways the pandemic is a kaleidoscope. A diverse range of swirling, dancing colours, defining the rollercoaster of pandemic emotions. There are (...)

Choughs. Illustration: Michael Viney

At the far end of Dursey island, Co Cork, the choughs are gathering in new families to probe the ground for grubs, stabbing the wind-shorn grass with (...)

If an island is lucky there’s a flock of choughs, the red-billed crows of Ireland’s western seaboard. Illustration: Michael Viney

The last of the November sun found the islands floating in what looked a lot like silence. There are sea-sounds always, sighing away even in a flat au(...)

Handout photograph issued by the RNLI of a fishing boat that began sinking in the Atlantic off the west Cork coast and led to two fisherman being rescued. Castletownbere RNLI said its volunteers received a call to rescue the crew of a local fishing vessel at about 4.45am. Photograph: RNLI/PA

Two Spanish fishermen are recovering in Castletownbere in west Cork on Thursday morning after being rescued from the sea after their fishing vessel s(...)