Irish light: St John’s Point Lighthouse, in Co Down, is the subject of Beneath the Beam, a short film by Rupert Shanks and Yvonne Gordon

The “loom of the light” is a phenomenon that lets you see the glow of a lighthouse from over the horizon. Particles of water vapour in the atmosphere (...)

Top of the props: Rathlin O’Birne Island, whose sale includes two lighthouse keeper’s cottages but not the lighthouse

The poet John Donne may have been right in observing that no man is an island, but plenty of people wouldn’t mind living on one, judging by the five m(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hailed the “biggest investment in rural Ireland ever” as he announced the signing of the contract for the National Broadband Plan at an event in Glendalough Co Wicklow. Illustration: Getty

Some 300 towns and villages across Ireland are to get high-speed internet hubs while they await the arrival of the National Broadband Plan. The full l(...)

7 Crofton Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

It’s hard to believe that Dun Laoghaire at one stage had just 70 cottages, in the village that was then known as Dunleary. Most of what remains of the(...)

The two cottages once used by  lighthouse keepers are on a seven acre plot which is for sale on Rathlin O Birne Island off Co Donegal. Photograph: DNG Dorrian/

An opportunity to own not one but two lighthouse keepers’ cottages on an uninhabited island off Co Donegal has come up with the properties on seven ac(...)

Painter James Morton who is 100 years old today.

James Morton was born 100 years ago on May 20th, 1919, 25 days before Capt John Alcock and Lieut Arthur Brown completed the first non-stop transatlant(...)

Annalise Murphy at the launch of the new Irish Sailing Performance HQ, in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

With the new Irish Sailing Performance HQ up and running in Dún Laoghaire, competition attention will be to the fore next week when the annual Princes(...)

Great lighthouses of Ireland:  Fanad Head, in Co Donegal. Photograph: Andy McInroy/Irish Lights

The road to Wicklow Head lighthouse feels like a departure from civilisation. The 2km path is only wide enough for one vehicle and is banked on either(...)

The Commissioners of Irish Lights said on Thursday that a new rotating lantern on the lighthouse will have the same character as the existing light. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport courtesy of Baltimore RNLI

The long sweep of the beam from Ireland’s “teardrop” – west Cork’s Fastnet lighthouse – is due to shorten from Monday, the Irish lighthouse authority (...)

Songbirds sent to Richard Manliffe Barrington which are now housed at the Collections Resource Centre in Swords.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“We are just around the corner from the bear. In the zoology cage,” Paolo Viscardi tells the receptionist at the National Museum’s Collections Resourc(...)

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