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SATURDAY 6TH Traidphicnic An Ceardlann, Spiddal, all weekend traidphicnic.com The community festival of music, art and theatre is now in its eighth (...)

The report found that upgrade works are needed to protect four beaches with poor quality bathing water at Clifden, Co Galway;  Merrion Strand, Loughshinny; and Sandymount strands in Co Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There are 38 towns and villages across the State discharging raw sewage into the environment, according to a new report from the Environmental Protect(...)

Galway Bay.  Over 500 submissions and observations were submitted to Damien  English’s department, formerly Environment, when the Marine Institute initiated its plan to upgrade the Galway Bay  test site first established in 2006.  Photograph: Getty Images

Minister of State for Housing Damien English has approved a foreshore lease for a controversial offshore energy test site in Galway Bay. The Marine (...)

Limerick-to-Dublin rail commuter John Maguire, from Monaleen, Limerick,  in Limerick Junction, where he catches the 6.45am train to Dublin. Photograph Liam Burke Press 22

It is 5.45am on Tuesday and still dark out. There are just four people sitting in the waiting area of Colbert Station in Limerick ahead of the departu(...)

Aoife McCana, left,  winner of the Best Dressed Lady at the Galway Races and Oniesa Owens,  Cavan, who won for Best Hat. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“By the time you get to wear the outfit, you’re sick of it,” said the winner of the best dressed competition for Ladies’ Day at the Galway Races . A(...)

There is no shortage of houses here, but the intersection of meadows, wetlands and coastline here is still inspiriting.

The vast bogs that lie just west of Galway city are a difficult place for the mind to grasp. Beyond here is Connemara, a region that – while its borde(...)

Mimi Pierson and one of the Crawford’s Farm herd of cows, near Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, at a Lens & Larder photography workshop. Photograph: Aoife McElwain

“Crafts are a perfect expression of the Slow philosophy,” writes Carl Honoré in his book In Praise of Slow. In my own quest for a slower approach to l(...)

Máire Ní Thuathail: July 29th, 1957-September 19th, 2016. Above, with her dog, Stocaí

Máire Ní Thuathail, who was executive producer of the long-running TG4 flagship drama, Ros na Rún, and managing director of the radio and television p(...)

Eithne Ní Chonghaile and David Dunphy married in  Carraroe. Photograph: Eibhlín Seoighthe

David and Eithne were introduced in 2004 by Eithne’s sister Nora, David’s colleague, at her son’s christening in Galway in 2004. Eithne was studying (...)

Trees were trimmed last week in Athboy, Co Meath, as a first step in the introduction of Eir’s high-speed broadband. Photograph: Chris Bellew/ Fennell Photography

Eir will today announce the locations of 100,000 homes in 200 rural communities to which it will roll out high-speed fibre broadband over the next ye(...)