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George the chicken dog with his flock of hens. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A dog called George is running across a sunny meadow towards us, wagging his huge tail. It’s as long as a man’s arm and fluffy as a feather boa. “We’v(...)

A man in his fifties has died in a house fire in West Cork overnight. Garda technical experts are due to carry out a forensic examination this morni(...)

Nowhere gets on this list of Ireland’s best family-friendly restaurants – part of our 100 best restaurants, cafes and places to eat in Ireland 2018 – (...)

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll  at the Ireland trial on Friday at the National Rowing Centre in Cork

Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan, world champions in the lightweight pair but now campaigning as heavyweights, survived a real test at the Ireland (...)

 Paul O’Donovan: he and brother Gary want to compete in the lightweight double in Austria

River regattas, featuring mainly junior crews, may not occupy the glamorous end of the rowing spectrum, but they have been the saviour of the sport th(...)

A display of plastic at Nolan’s supermarket in Clontarf, which is committing to eliminating unnecessary packaging from its shelves.  Photograph: Alan Betson

This weekend hundreds of supermarkets across Ireland will have to deal with large volumes of extra plastic and cardboard handed back by their customer(...)

Artist Brian Lalor

The Ballydehob Museum of Treasures – Artists, Bohemians and Craftspeople of an Iconic Era will open next year in the village’s former bank. This fine (...)

 Sanita Puspure: will compete in the single sculls at the Memorial Paolo d’Aloja in Piediluco in Italy. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Those seeking a guide to how Irish rowing will develop both internationally and at home this season should learn a lot over next three days. Some of (...)

Neptune on the way to beating Commercial in the final of the women’s Club Eight at Commercial Regatta on Sunday night. Photograph: Liam Gorman

The contests on the water were almost secondary as Neptune and Commercial staged two monster regattas while battling with sometimes appalling weather (...)

Detail form Gorta, 1946, by Lilian Lucy Davidson (1879-1954). Oil on canvas. 69.85x90.17cm. Copyright Estate of Lilian Lucy Davidson. Photograph: Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum/Quinnipiac Iniversity

The statistics are well known: by 1841, the population of Ireland was more than eight million. More than one million died during the Great Hunger(...)

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