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Charlie Bird  trains for his Croagh Patrick climb: While Bird will lead hundreds up the famed pilgrimage route on Croagh Patrick, many more have organised their own treks in  support for his struggle with motor neurone disease. Photograph: Maxwells

From the Donegal highlands, to the drumlins of Cavan and onto the rocky headlands of Cork, Ireland is taking to its feet this weekend as thousands cou(...)

Flag carriers Paul McNamara and PJ Gielty lead out the Dooagh pipe band on St Patrick’s Day on Achill Island, where traditional Achill pipe bands have marched since 1882. The Dooagh  band is the oldest of Achill’s five pipe bands, having been established in 1947.  Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

St Patrick’s morning at 6am and the beating sound of the drumín mór echoes around the village of Dooagh on the western end of Achill Island. It reverb(...)

Stephen Breheny, aged 73, has always enjoyed using a bicycle to get around, but in the early 1990s he began cycling in earnest

It is Health Season in The Irish Times. In print and online, we will be offering encouragement and inspiration to help us all improve our ph(...)

Sheelyn Browne in her home in Westport, Co Mayo: ‘My art is free of my past now.’ Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

It is no surprise that Sheelyn Browne returned to her artistic practice of printmaking with woodcuts and linocuts after her family’s historic home, We(...)

I happened to be going through a stressful period in my life when my hot flushes and fainting episodes started

It is Health Season in The Irish Times. In print and online, we will be offering encouragement and inspiration to help us all improve our ph(...)

Seagrass (Zostera marina) beds

Ireland’s coasts can be harsh and foreboding. But a coarse perception of bleak rocky shores is inconsistent with the abundance that sways just a few f(...)

It didn’t dawn on me until I drove into my supermarket carpark here in Westport and compliantly awaited instructions from the guy who directs traffic.(...)

Raffling has also become a tool to raise money for charities and sports clubs,

A house in the sunny southeast; concert tickets; a freshwater pearl jewellery set; a Nissan X-trail vehicle – these are just some of the prizes curren(...)

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Black Friday deals extend beyond a new toaster and TV. Many Irish hotels and tour operators are offering discounts over the coming days that you (...)

     Peter Walsh, the chief executive of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), is to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Transport. Photograph: Getty Images

There is expected to be “limited” funding for progressing roads projects that are in the planning phase in the first five years of the National Develo(...)

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