Westport

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 Greenway in Westport, Co Mayo: the amenity is to receive €200,000 in funding for an extension.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Almost 80 walking and cycling greenways and trails across rural Ireland are to be developed and upgraded with €11 million in funding announced on Tues(...)

George Ryan with his daughter Áine. “I may have lost my short-term memory, Áine, but I haven’t lost my powers of reasoning.” It is a regular mantra he uses.

I know now it was Daddy up to divilment, but when I was small I once thought that poor Santa Claus had lost some of his beard on the fireguard in our (...)

Blackrock Cellar will make up beer gifts from smaller three-bottle sets to larger hampers of 20 beers or more.

We beer drinkers are easy to please at Christmas – a few good bottles, maybe throw in a nice glass, and we’re happy. If you’re not sure what some(...)

Tom Geary on his boat with Máirín Ní Churraoin at the pier, An Phortaigh, on Mweenish Island near Carna. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy. 23/11/2018

When news of another storm hits our screens most of us will batten down the hatches, but really only metaphorically. For islanders, on the frontl(...)

Olga Kennedy holds a photograph of her late son Oisín: “It’s wrong that when a 12-year-old cancer patient’s right to confidentiality is ignored, the most you can expect is ‘sorry’.” Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

It was one week before Christmas when Olga Kennedy and her young son made the short drive from their town on the coast of Co Mayo to the local public (...)

Westport in Co Mayo was singled out as a place that is attractive and “people-friendly”. Photograph: Eye Ubiquitous/UIG via Getty Images

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Ireland is seeking submissions for its inaugural “excellence in placemaking awards” to reward communities and organi(...)

O’Donnabháin’s, Kenmare, Co Kerry: locally-sourced food makes for a  crowd-pleasing menu

Ireland experienced something of an epidemic of magnolia-lacquered hotel development in the era post-economic apocalypse, with hallmark features like (...)

Allergan chief executive Brent Saunders: “We are an Irish company. It’s part of who we are. Ireland is in Allergan’s DNA.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Never has a toxin been so good for a town, a country or a company. In fact, Botox has been such a profit driver for Allergan, the multinational headq(...)

Rough journey?: Irish Rail had 407 complaints of anti-social behaviour last year, 117 reported incidents of intimidation and 70 vandalism complaints. Photograph: Eric Luke

It was already dark as the 6pm Sligo-Dublin train stopped at Dromod Station in Leitrim. The train waited for 10 minutes, in accordance with the timeta(...)

Along with ‘The Reek’, Westport offers a large range of outdoor activities. Photograph: Brian Cregan

For many years, Westport as a destination appeared to play second fiddle to its nearby relative, the rugged, enchanting Connemara. But that was then, (...)

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