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    Prof Alex (Archie)Thompson (retired), Emeritus Professor Luke Drury, DIAS, Hillary O’Donnell (former technician) at the launch at Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies of the programme of events for July to mark the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Apollo 11 has a very special place in the history of Irish space research. Irish hands were among the first to take possession and evaluate moon rock (...)

Outline of the Ely O’Carroll ‘Black Castle’  exposed on the grass outside Birr Castle. Photograph: Brian Kennedy

Archaeologists and historians have been turning up unusual finds across the country thanks to the heatwave, including what’s believed to be the childh(...)

Lord Rosse with saplings in front of a coast redwood  in Birr Castle Demesne. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Giants are nothing new at Birr Castle Estate. In the early 1830s the third earl of Rosse designed and built a reflecting telescope that for almost a c(...)

British ambassador Dominick Chilcott at the launch of The Irish Country house and The Great War in The National Library. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish and British governments have been as “good as their word” in ensuring the decade of commemorations is marked in a “spirit of historical acc(...)

Avril Grufferty, Ballinrobe (left) and Martha Egan, Finney, meet Cllr Brendan Henaghan, on his local election canvass in Castlebar. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

The horizontal rain is lashing shoppers off the streets. The liquidation notice in the shuttered frontage of Hynes’ shoe shop – part of Castlebar’s DN(...)