In Corran, near Leap in west Cork, is a community of two contemplative nuns:  Mother Irene (61), Sister Anne Marie (21). Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

“I personally have been living as a hermit for the best part of 30 years,” Mother Irene says. “I was the first person to make my vows in Ireland as a (...)

It is now anticipated the contract for the construction works will be awarded in 2020 with sectional openings scheduled to take place in 2022 with full completion in 2023.

A major upgrade of the Dunkettle Interchange in Co Cork could be delayed by 12 months after Transport Infrastructure Ireland and contractor Sisk faile(...)

Set on a concrete plinth outside Courtmacsherry Community Hall, the model is visible to all visiting the seaside village. Photograph: Vincent O’Donovan

It may be more than 100 years since the Lusitania was sunk off the west Cork coast in the first World War but the tragedy is still remembered by the d(...)

Galway City Council had the lowest percentage of private rentals inspected at 2 per cent, while Dublin City Council and Cork County Council inspected 4 per cent of properties. Photograph: Getty

Half of all local authorities failed to inspect the target number of private rental premises in their areas last year. The Department of Housing set (...)

Lough Hyne, near Skibbereen, Co Cork, is one of the Natura sites which could be impacted by discharges from the proposed plastics plant,  according to SOS chairman Brendan McCarthy

Campaigners against the proposed plastic factory in Skibbereen, Co Cork have welcomed the High Court ruling to quash planning permission. They expres(...)

Only a fraction of the landlords who have rented out properties on AirBnB and other home-sharing websites have registered them under the Government’s new short-term letting rules. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Only a fraction of the landlords who have rented out properties on Airbnb and other “home-sharing” websites have registered them under the Government’(...)

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has sent a video message of solidarity with climate protesters in Cork. She also endorsed opposition to (...)

Doneraile Court,  Co Cork.

Getting into Doneraile Court involves climbing past the fallen rim of a balustrade which once enclosed the orangery where diarist and diplomat Harold (...)

A stretch of the old rail line between Youghal and Midleton which is to be turned into a greenway. Photograph: Denis Minihane

The allocation of €8 million by the Government towards the €15 million cost of a greenway in east Cork has been welcomed by local politicians. Mayor (...)

 The increase in the Green vote means its current two Dáil seats – Eamon Ryan in Dublin Bay South and Catherine Martin in Dublin Rathdown – are secure.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The results of the local elections will be pored over in the coming weeks to discern trends for the next general election, with strategies and tickets(...)

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