The behaviour of raccoons is not that different from that of Ireland’s native pine martens. Illustration: Michael Viney

Last summer, moved by some inscrutable ambition, a raccoon set out to climb the facade of a 25-storey office tower in Minnesota, clawhold by clawhold.(...)

The exposed bed of the Grand Canal running parallel to  Suir Road in Dublin after it was drained by a  collapsed sewer pipe. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

More than 1,000 fish have had to be relocated from part of the Grand Canal in Dublin, after a collapsed sewer caused the waterway to drain dry at Inch(...)

Partners and sponsors at Portglenone on the Lower Bann, ahead of the European coarse fishing championships.

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland (Ncffi) is gearing up to host the 25th Fédéracion International de la Pêche Sportive European Champi(...)

Kevin Callinan told Fórsa’s services and enterprises conference in Sligo on Thursday a key part of the vision for social Europe was effective social dialogue involving trade unions, employers and the GovernmentFile photograph: Laura Hutton

Industry Correspondent Trade unions are seeking the opportunity to influence Government policy on a range of areas rather than just be consulted, t(...)

Shannon Blueway

Cork to Nice    Aer Lingus has launched its first direct flight from Cork to Nice, just in time for the summer season. The new route will (...)

Save the Barrow line committee members Marie Kinsella, Olivia O’Leary and Anne Butler: An Bord Pleanála has rejected a Waterways Ireland plan for a hard surface along the towpath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Broadcaster Olivia O’Leary loves the Barrow, the longest of the Three Sister rivers that rises in the Slieve Blooms and marks the boundary between Kil(...)

A coypu in a park in western Germany. The rodents carry several diseases harmful to humans and domestic animals. Photograph: Yann Schreiber/AFP/Getty

Waterways Ireland has warned the public to be on the alert for a very “large invasive rodent” species which has been spotted along the Royal Canal in (...)

Waterways Ireland and Fáilte Ireland are looking to assess the potential of Dublin’s canals as tourist destinations. Photograph: Eric Luke

An in-depth study is to be carried out to discover whether there is an opportunity to market Dublin’s canals as a branded tourist destination to go a(...)

Canoes by Clashganny lock on the river Barrow in Co Carlow

Living on an island it’s understandable that we often gravitate towards our country’s rugged coastline for leisure activities. However, when it comes (...)

Olivia O’Leary on one of her favourite walks along the Barrow, with Mount Leinster in the background. Photograph: Michael Brophy

Campaigners have hailed a decision to refuse planning permission to develop part of a riverside grass path stretching across three counties. The pr(...)

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