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Irish State can raise billions of euro in the bond market. Photograph:  Yann Schreiber/ AFP/Getty Images

The Irish summer is hard to love. Walking towards the Twelve Bens, above Roundstone village on the bog road, beaten by torrential rain coming at you s(...)

Shop owner Joan King and her daughter Lisa King, chairwoman of the Connemara Chamber of Commerce. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Bunowen pier is one of the Earth’s more beautiful final stops; the last on the road from Ballyconneely, with a backdrop of Connemara’s pastels of wild(...)

The sea front at the popular tourist town of Kilkee, Co Clare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sun holidays, city breaks, ski trips – the pandemic has grounded us all indefinitely, even with the “green list”. With all but essential foreign trave(...)

Surfers on the beach at Lahinch in Clare. A visit  brought back happy memories of holidays there when I was a youngster. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Last Saturday was to have been the second Test in Australia and the end of the season. Myself and Elaine had planned on going to Italy but luckily we (...)

 Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan:  she described Maguire as “one of our finest landscape and figure painters”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Cecil Maguire, a celebrated landscape painter, has died. Maguire was born in Lurgan, Co Armagh, in 1930, and worked as an English teacher before eve(...)

Many food businesses have launched delivery services

Order prepared food and ingredients from kitchens and farms, and stay occupied with books, toys and paint There has been an explosion of food oper(...)

Author Tim Robinson  near his home in Roundstone, Connemara, Co Galway. Photograph: Brian Farrell

The acclaimed Connemara-based author, artist and cartographer Tim Robinson has died in London from coronavirus at the age of 85. Mr Robinson, who was(...)

Dudley in the driving seat.

Thursday Destination: Rambler’s Rest, Dunseverick, Co Antrim It’s 11am on a sunny Thursday morning when the two of us hit the road from our home in W(...)

Parknasilla, Sneem, Co Kerry

Winter is setting in, but that doesn’t mean shutting yourself up at home and hibernating every weekend. From the comfort of your car, you can enjoy so(...)

“The third week in June is when we now go to the island; the longest days and shortest nights make for optimum work time.” Michael Doherty, Mick O'Dea, Ann Marie Mullan and Una Sealy making  portrait of island descendant Claire King at Inishlacken schoolhouse, 2018. Photograph: Nancy Keefe Rhodes

In February 2000, I stood on the Connemara shore at Ervallagh, looking over at Inishlacken island. The previous Christmas, my friend Mary Hughes had g(...)

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