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Irish surfing’s early years were all about improvisation and finding the best waves. Photograph: Craig Peterson

Bray’s seafront may now abound with Lycra-clad fitness bunnies and avo-on-toast eateries but, despite its recent Californification, it is still hard t(...)

Easkey Britton: “ I think this is the primary motivation for most big wave surfers –  this sense of intense connection to nature that is just so powerful and going to the edge of human limits in a space that is completely beyond your control.”

In the winter of 2014, Easkey Britton persuaded her father to join her in surfing the “barrens”, the remote and forbidding stretches between the small(...)

Quincey Dougan, a Markethill Orangeman: “A united Ireland negates the existence of anyone called a unionist.” Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Quincey Dougan sits at the Orange memorial at the bottom of Main Street in Markethill. At the top of the hill stands the Millar Memorial Orange Hall, (...)

Documentary maker and writer Gráinne Lyons, at Aughris Head in Co Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Two weeks past midsummer in June 2019, I stood on a cliff edge at the tip of Cape Clear Island, the Fastnet lighthouse a hazy silhouette against the h(...)

The whales stranded at Rossnowlagh beach in Co Donegal. Picture: Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

Seven whales out of a group of eight that became stranded on a beach in Co Donegal have died, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has said. The (...)

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa in Co Cork is planning to reopen on June 29th. Photograph: Barry Murphy Photography

It has been a bewildering few months for hoteliers. Speak to anyone in the industry and there is an unmistakable sense of before and after. Until they(...)

Lisfannon beach in Co-Donegal, where the local council had to block off the beach with concrete blocks and warning signs. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

Padraig Mac Lochlainn knows there is an irony in a Sinn Féin TD telling people from Northern Ireland not to cross the Border into Donegal. But the Bun(...)

Nasa handout photo of astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon. Photograph: Nasa/PA Wire

Mary Coughlan (singer) What were you doing in 1969? I was 13 and listening to Radio Luxembourg all the time! Just being a teenager around Galway a(...)

Lodge secretary Keith Roulston and Stewart McClean, deputy master of the Orange Order lodge in Newtowncunningham. Photograph: Freya McClements

In Newtowncunningham Orange Hall in Co Donegal, yoga class is under way. Yoga mats are laid out in rows on the floor; at the back of the stage i(...)

Carmel McDonnell Byrne at the Christine Buckley Centre for Education and Support offices in Dublin city centre ahead of her retirement on May 30th. Photograph: Laura Hutton/ The Irish Times

For years Carmel McDonnell Byrne was the woman behind Christine Buckley, a quiet figure who has fought many battles over 20 years in the cause of thos(...)

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