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Mairéad Sparkes enjoying a riding session with Anna Nowicka, therapeutic riding coach at Festina Lente Equestrian Centre in Bray, Co Wicklow. Clara O’Donnell is leading the horse, with Emma Fitzgerald on Mairéad’s right.

What is it about horses that make them such amenable creatures to work with? More than 350 people from Europe, North and South America, South Africa,(...)

The mauve stinger: one of the two varieties of jellyfish responsible for the salmon kills.  File photograph: Franco Banfi/Getty Images

Swarms of stinger jellyfish have wiped out large stocks of salmon after invading four fish farms along the west coast of Ireland in recent weeks. It (...)

Karen Quilligan O’Flynn told an inquest that her partner, Gerald ‘Topper’ Staunton (41), had  placed her  daughter (7) in the back seat of his car and was about to get into the driver’s seat when a lone gunman apprached and shot him. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A woman has recalled seeing her partner shot dead outside their home in Co Cork as she stood holding her two-year-old daughter just a few feet away. (...)