Wind-blown sheep. Illustration: Michael Viney

Looking out at blackface ewes caught in the squalls, tails to the wind, hailstones sequinned on their fleeces, it has been hard to grudge them their s(...)

If an island is lucky there’s a flock of choughs, the red-billed crows of Ireland’s western seaboard. Illustration: Michael Viney

The last of the November sun found the islands floating in what looked a lot like silence. There are sea-sounds always, sighing away even in a flat au(...)

Old Irish Goats: As the last remaining goats of their kind, the animals warrant protection, not least as an irreplaceable genetic resource for future breeding.  Illustration: Michael Viney

A neighbour stopped on the road one morning in our braver “alternative” years to lean over the hedge and inquire, in encouraging tones, as to the purp(...)

 Takashi Miyazaki in  Ichigo Ichie restaurant in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

They will be insufferable, those Cork folk. But who’d begrudge them? Today’s trio of new Michelin stars for Cork will do nothing to alleviate the coun(...)

The Connemara Coast Hotel in Furbo, near Galway city, has extensive conference and leisure facilities.

The highly profitable Connemara Coast Hotel at Furbo, Co Galway is expected to attract Irish and overseas interests when it goes on the market from We(...)

Lovers of Ireland’s Atlantic coastline hardly needed it to be branded the Wild Atlantic Way. But sure, doesn’t it bring the tourists? The local folk P(...)

Carbon sink: forests cover more than 10 per cent of the land in Ireland. Illustration: Michael Viney

The coast northwards from Thallabawn forms a good slice of Co Mayo’s Wild Atlantic Way. An expanse of windswept, often rushy fields stretches as far a(...)

Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe has welcomed Central Statistics Office figures that show that visits to Ireland increased by 600,000 in 2014 compared to 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

More than 600,000 more people came to Ireland in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. I(...)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Pascal Donohoe interviewed at the unveiling of the restored Molly Malone statue. The minister said the latest CSO tourism figures “show that Irish tourism is having, yet again, another excellent year”. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

The number of overseas visitors to Ireland increased over ten per cent in the first half of this year, according to figures released today.The Central(...)

The Wild Atlantic Way: a “rugged”, “unspoiled” touring route from the Inishowen Peninsula to Kinsale, being promoted as “the road trip of a lifetime”. Photograph: Slow Images/Getty

It is “wild, rugged, unspoiled” and 2,400km long. Tourism Ireland’s hottest property in 2014 is not a sporting fixture or cultural festival – altho(...)