The Lough

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Feted in Derry on his way to Chicago in 1933: Italian aviator and politician Count Italo Balbo (1896-1940). Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty

At about noon on a fine July day in 1933, an armada of 24 impressive seaplanes splashed down on the waters of Lough Foyle. They were under the command(...)

Lives Lost: Patricia (Patsy) O’Mahony 1929-2021

This article is one of a series about people who have died with coronavirus in Ireland and among the diaspora. You can read more of them here. If you (...)

Mallow Search and Rescue boats used in the search operation. Photograph: Mallow Search and Rescue/Facebook

A body has been recovered from the sea off the coast of west Kerry by a team searching for a missing man. It is understood that the body was recovere(...)

A beech forest. German forester Peter Wohlleben claims beeches form forest communities that last for thousands of years because they act like families

I love the start of summer and the smell of the hawthorn blossom, the sweet scent of warm days, comfortingly familiar in these unfamiliar times. The h(...)

The sale of the Luggala property  sparked intense interest from a host of wealthy international buyers, amid calls for the State to buy it to add to Wicklow National Park. File photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

U2 lead singer Bono tried to buy Luggala, the Co Wicklow estate and house owned until recently by the Guinness family and home to Garech Browne until (...)

Measurement of the Lough Foyle baseline in 1828-29.

On a glorious sunny June day we reached the summit of Céidín, south of the Glen of Imall, to find a triangulation station or trig pillar. These concre(...)

Glovers Alley by Andy McFadden in Dublin 2

Chefs and restaurant managers say it is the worst night of the year to dine out. But their negativity about February 14th may have more to do with the(...)

St Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg Island. Photograph: David Sleator

A new prior has been appointed to the pilgrimage shrine of Lough Derg in Co Donegal. Fr Laurence (La) Flynn, currently parish priest of Ballybay, Co M(...)

New Irish record smooth hound of 11.27kg for Dean Quigley from Kilmore, Co Wexford

The Irish Specimen Fish Committee (ISFC) has published its annual report for 2016 and copies are now available online and in print from Inland Fisheri(...)

Make sure to carry a map, compass and rain gear when walking around Lough Currane

To the east of Lough Currane lies a ridge which forms the northern half of a vast horseshoe which runs right around to the south east corner of the la(...)