Singer Mary Coughlan at home in Wicklow for magazine feature. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The singer spent years ‘in deep sadness and a lot of anger’ but honesty, openness and music got her through On Mary Coughlan’s kitchen table the(...)

The Scottish utility SSE plans to build an offshore wind farm in the Arklow Bank by 2025. Photograph: Reuters

Scottish utility group SSE has said it hopes to build an offshore wind farm off Ireland by 2025. The company’s Arklow Bank project of at least 520 meg(...)

Lead author Dr Edmund Gilbert, who is based at RCSI, said the work was helping understand the role of genetic variation in human disease. File photograph: Getty

A complete genetic map of Britain and Ireland, generated by scientists for the first time, provides proof of common ancestry going back hundreds of ye(...)

The Waterford Greenway runs for 46km along the old railway line from Dungarvin to Waterford city

Portumna Forest Park Portumna, Co Galway; free; coillte.ie These 450 hectares of woodland offer so much more than just lush walking trails. The f(...)

Castlecomer Discovery Park, in Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

GET BACK TO NATURE Dublin City Farm St Anne’s Park, Raheny; free; dublincityfarm.com Dublin County Council’s first urban farm has only been open(...)

High Tatras: Lonely Planet’s top destination, in Slovakia, is home to brown bears. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Destinations in Slovakia, Spain and Iceland have been named Lonely Planet’s top three must-see destinations in Europe this year. Its Best in Europe 2(...)

Frances Neeson: “Horse riding requires trust, focus and patience.”
Why I love . . . horse riding

At the age of 33, I still ask my parents for a pony every Christmas. It hasn’t happened yet, but I live in hope that they’ll give in one day. It’s all(...)

Those who have visited Iceland before will need no convincing of its splendour. Its desolate beauty is the stuff of legend among those who return time(...)

The black-legged Kittiwake in classical pose, perched on a coastal cliff face.

The survival of the Kittiwake, a small cliff-nesting species of gull which breeds in colonies around the Irish coast, is globally threatened, accordin(...)

Economist Ronan Lyons estimates that Ireland has about 500,000 less apartments than it should have for the size of its population.

The State’s housing crisis stems from a shortage of apartments, not houses, economist and author of the Daft.ie report Ronan Lyons has claimed. The d(...)

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