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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, (...)

‘It will feel positively patriotic to spend money at surf schools this summer.’ File photograph: Eamon Ward

Later, when the documentary we are living through is finished, part of the soundtrack of this particular episode will be all those radio ads telling u(...)

All other rivers bar the Caher flow through the extensive cave systems beneath my feet, which invariably has me thinking of the Burren as a giant swiss cheese

At the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon recently, I found I’d forgotten to bring my teddy bear and so couldn’t get to sleep. I’m joking, of course – Teddy wa(...)

Patricia Douglas with a photograph of her  son, Sean, who went missing in Co Clare in 1998. Photograph: Stephen Davison

A mother, whose 17-year-old son went missing close to the Cliffs of Moher almost 21 years ago, has in recent weeks been contacting every hotel in Co C(...)

Gardaí­ are trying to identify skeletal remains which were found washed-up on the shoreline in Co Clare. The alarm was raised at about midday on Tues(...)

‘Donald Trump has followed the roar of the crowd to dark, violent places, becoming ever more crazed and isolated and self-destructive.’ Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

One lazy, sultry afternoon in 1947, two years after the United States helped trounce the Nazis, my father arrived at our family’s modest summer house (...)

At Ennis District Court, Kevin McCormack was charged with the assault causing harm of his brother Michael on June 8th last year.

A 67-year-old Co Clare man has appeared in court charged with assaulting his brother with a shovel. At Ennis District Court, Kevin McCormack of Fano(...)

Fanore, Co Clare. A 53-year-old woman drowned on Sunday after being swept out to sea at Ballyreen, south of Fanore. Photograph: Google Maps

A 53-year-old woman has drowned after being swept out to sea by a wave in north Clare on Sunday morning. The woman is understood to be from Eastern(...)

Humpback whale off Cork. Photograph: Pádraig Whooley/IWDG

There is a vast array of everyday wonders around this island’s 7,800km rim. With the help of a group of coastal cognoscenti, here are 55 alternatives(...)

There’d be more hope of banging out some algebra classics on an abacus made of live eels and mussels than trying to count every festival happen(...)