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Crash site: coastguards watch the wreckage-recovery operation in Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Lightkeeper Vincent Sweeney has made many cups of tea for visitors on dark and stormy nights with westerly winds sweeping through the natural amphithe(...)

Michael, Jim and James Gallagher at home in Burtonport, Co Donegal. The Gallaghers helped to rescue 13 people, mainly young children, off Roaninish in August 1956.

No VHF radio. No mobile phones. No blue-light convoy at the head of the quay. Donegal fishermen Michael and James Gallagher remember the relative sile(...)

Leitrim Surf Company: one of the nicest ways to explore Leitrim’s tiny but lovely coastline is on stand-up paddle tour

LEINSTER Cycle Wexford’s Euro Velo and the Norman trail Wexford has just launched its 120km section of the EuroVelo 1 route from Rosslare harbour to (...)

Paschal Donohoe: many of the economic choices facing the State will fall to him. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The MacGill Summer School, held annually in Glenties, Co Donegal, and which has been taking place all this week, is easy to parody. Official Ireland t(...)

Rescue 116: the Irish Lights ship Granuaile carrying wreckage from the Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Irish Lights ship Granuaile has returned to north Co Mayo to continue the search for two missing airmen from the Irish Coast Guard’s Rescue 116 sq(...)

The body of Captain Mark Duffy is brought ashore at Blacksod Co Mayo on Sunday. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Two weeks after the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter crashed off the North Mayo coast, an attempt will be made on Tuesday to partially lift its(...)

The body of captain Mark Duffy is driven in a hearse along the seafront accompanied by a guard of honour at Blacksod Co Mayo, Ireland, on Sunday. Photograph: PA

The “black box” recovered from the crashed Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 is in sufficiently good condition to yield clues as to the cause of the f(...)

Cottage exterior, Co Kikenny. Photograph from theirishaesthete.com

Many of us have dreamed of happening on a beautiful bothan of a traditional cottage, buying it for a song and escaping the rat race to renovate it and(...)

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(...)

MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: North West Newspix

Those attending the summer school this week heard arguments that retirement is bad for you, a notion that sits well with Dr Joe Mulholland, who, since(...)

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