Frances Street in Kilrush, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

In a series of articles, The Irish Times explores five challenges facing rural Ireland – diversity and migration; poverty; rapid growth; post-recessio(...)

The Green-Veined White butterfly, now  in moderate decline in Ireland. Photograph: Dr Liam Lysaght.

Most people walking alongside the restored pond on the Castletown estate in Co Kildare would barely notice the tiny purple wildflower beneath their fe(...)

Minister for  Heritage  Josepha Madigan (right) is pictured at the  National Biodiversity Conference at Dublin Castle with Jane Stout, Professor in Botany at Trinity College Dublin, and Prof John Fitzgerald, chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Council. Photograph:  Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography.

A series of 40 actions to address a biodiversity crisis facing Ireland have been announced by a coalition of Government departments, State agencies, e(...)

Irish workers bees and a queen bee with a yellow spot on back pictured in a hive. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland has joined a group of 20 countries trying to halt a decline in bee populations that threatens food production and biodiversity. Pollinators, (...)

 Sheela na Gig carving on White Island, Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh. Photograph: Getty Images

We have the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and the Northern Causeway route, and now a new heritage route around Ireland finding the mysteri(...)

Anja Murray: “When you go out with friends and children, leave your phones at home and go with the intention of noticing what’s going on around you.”

As National Heritage Week focuses on nature, Sylvia Thompson asks environmentalists how – in spite of the gloomy statistics on species loss and habita(...)

Jim Callery: will be honoured at an event in Finland in May co-hosted by tenor Plácido Domingo and EU commissioner  Tibor Navracsics. Photograph: Ruth Lanigan/Irish Heritage Trust

The founder of the Irish National Famine Museum in Co Roscommon has won a major European award recognising work in the heritage field. Jim Callery h(...)

Art handlers prepare Aran 2005, a selection of black and white photographs which were part of an exhibition by artist Sean Scully at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Museums Survey 2016, which was published in December, aims to provide an overview of the state of museums in Ireland north and south of the (...)

Iron Age bread with Declan Ryan, Arbutus Bread and churning of butter with Peter Foynes, director, Cork Butter Museum. Photograph Tomas Tyner/UCC.

A groundbreaking investigation into the Iron Age period in Ireland by an international team of researchers is aiming to reveal what types of food our(...)

Anthony Cronin: found poetry “not only pleasurable but in a funny sort of way a consolation and an illumination to read”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Anthony Cronin is ensconced next to a bookshelf in his living room with a reading light shining over his shoulder. This venerable man of Irish letter(...)

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