Gorta Self Help chairman Tom Kitt: board decided to enter formal discussions. Photograph:  Frank Miller

Two Irish development agencies, Concern Worldwide and Gorta Self Help Africa, are in formal discussions about a merger. The boards of both agencies a(...)

Swimmers David Burns and Maghnus Collins leave Coliemore Harbour, Dalkey, on their attempt to swim 1600km around Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Stormy seas, rough weather and stinging jellyfish will be the main challenges confronting two swimmers who aim to become the first to circumnavigate t(...)

The 250km event, which saw entrants run a half marathon, cycle 175km, paddle 15km and climb 800 vertical metres up Muckish Mountain (above) before finishing with a full marathon through the night.

A county council worker who trains children in his spare time has won one of the toughest races on the planet.Endurance athlete Sean McFadden, from Le(...)

‘Last month I reported on President Michael D Higgins’s visit to Africa. For this occasionally jaundiced Irishman it was a heartening experience. So much of the best in our people is daily experience there. Meeting Irish missionaries and compatriots with NGOs felt like something of a rejuvenation.’ Above,  President Michael D Higgins at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in  Addis Ababa where he  delivered the keynote address on the fourth day of his  official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

It’s the season of goodwill, so let’s attempt it. That honest Staffordshire man Dr Samuel Johnson once said “the Irish are a fair people: they never s(...)

Farmer: Shemgie Kulbla, who produces wheat seed. Photograph: Hugh Chaloner/Gorta-Self Help Africa

Yeshi Endeg was 17 when a group of floppy-haired singers filed into a studio in Notting Hill to record the original Do They Know It’s Christmas? The E(...)

Ferdu Gashow uses oxen and plough as he works on the farm of Solomon Sisay, who has received four loans from a credit union co-operative set up by Gorta-Self Help Africa. Photograph: Hugh Chaloner

Irish development charity Gorta-Self Help Africa is planning to expand its work in Ethiopia, with three projects worth €4.7 million getting under w(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina are continuing their official   visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins has warmly welcomed the Government decision to send three members of the Defence Forces to assist in the fight against Eb(...)

The merger of Irish NGOs Gorta and Self Help Africa last Saturday has created one of the largest non-profit agricultural organisations in Ireland and Britain.

The merger of Irish NGOs Gorta and Self Help Africa last Saturday has created one of the largest non-profit agricultural organisations in Ireland and (...)

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