Martin Neary in the Woodland Park he has created beside his home in Madogue, Co Mayo. Photograph: Conor McKeown

There is an old marble headstone half buried among the dandelions and long grass behind Martin Neary’s home in the townland of Madogue, Co Mayo. I am (...)

The hotel industry is just one sector where prices are rising. The average nightly charge in March was about $147 – up 40 per cent on the figure for the same period last year. Photograph: iStock

At the top of the menu in a restaurant in a busy part of Washington a message was set out for diners. In addition to the usual charges, taxes and tip(...)

There was some easing in Irish timber supply bottlenecks caused by delays in the Department of Agriculture issuing licences. Photograph: Getty

Timber and other key building material prices are rising at a faster rate than this time last year, suppliers have warned. Overall construction mater(...)

Willie McGee, retired second-in-command of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, with copies of The Irish Times  from 1979-80 containing ads used by the State to communicate with a blackmail gang.  Photograph: Alan Betson

In 1979, a young detective named Willie McGee found himself standing outside a well-to-do address in Dublin pushing a “relatively rotund man” back thr(...)

Shanice Devitt jumping on Shelby at the Ballyowen equine centre, Clondalkin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The only State-built, urban horse project for young people in disadvantaged areas will close in July unless emergency funding of €65,000 is secured. (...)

Bord Bia’s research indicates the import volumes of sheep meat to the US increased from 103,527 tonnes in 2015 to 166,165 tonnes in 2021

Irish lamb and sheep meat will have full access to the American market under a new agreement reached between Ireland and the United States department(...)

The European Commission says dairy sector growth “has had very substantial implications for agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, for quality of air, water and soil, and for biodiversity”.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The European Commission has warned that “more ambition” needs to be shown by Ireland on meeting climate, environment and biodiversity targets before i(...)

State forestry agency, Coillte, plans to add 100,000 hectares of forestry in coming years, an increase of 22 per cent

A €2 billion Coillte plan to boost forestry, tourism and jobs hinges on an end to licensing delays and a national land-use policy, the company’s direc(...)

To date, 333 dogs and 285 cats have accompanied their owners from Ukraine. Photograph: Fran Veale

More than 600 pets have been brought to Ireland from Ukraine with their owners since the Russian invasion began two months ago. Minister for Agricul(...)

Key components of pig feed – barley, wheat, maize and soya – have doubled in price since last summer. An already dire situation was exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which provides Europe and North Africa with large volumes of cereals. Photograph: Alan Betson

A short distance outside Curraghboy, Co Roscommon, Peadar Kelly’s piggery operation trundles on, like clockwork. Mr Kelly’s father, Seamus Kelly, beg(...)

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