Ciaran Byrne

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Numbers of wild salmon in Ireland peaked in the mid-1970s, when about 1.7 million returned. Today returns are estimated at some 200,000. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Ireland is experiencing a parallel decline in wild salmon as Scotland, where numbers caught are at their lowest since records were first compiled, acc(...)

Marine survival peaked in or around 1986, with approximately 31 of every 100 salmon which set out on the perilous journey from an Irish river to the Atlantic. File photograph: Getty

Ireland is experiencing a parallel decline in wild salmon as Scotland where numbers caught are at their lowest since records were first compiled, acco(...)

Louth’s  Conor Grimes is challenged by Martin Johnson of Antrim in April 2016.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

This time last year, no football team in Ireland was having a worse time of it than Louth. Four games into the league, they were set in concrete at th(...)

Dundalk head coach Vinny Perth celebrates with the President’s Cup. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

The debate still might still rage around Oriel Park as to whether Stephen Kenny did, in the end, eclipse Jim McLaughlin as Dundalk’s greatest ever man(...)

Liam Tilly in his Christmas jumper outside his house on Bath Avenue in Sandymount, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy

Liam Tilly is not going mad for Christmas this year. He has ordered only three turkeys: one each for two of his sons, and one for himself. Each one wi(...)

Ciarán Byrne and his wife, Martha Kearns,with their two children, Ciara and Leo, in Hazelwood, Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

“Dublin was rejecting me, as much as I didn’t want it to,” says Aoife Kelly (38), a freelance PR consultant who recently moved to Foxford, Co May(...)

Dr Ciarán Byrne, chief executive of Inland Fisheries Ireland  with Dr Cathal Gallagher, head of research and development, at the Inland Fisheries Ireland at the launch of a report on pike. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A study of the fearsome, predatory pike – cherished by coarse fisherman; dreaded by brown trout anglers – has revealed a dramatic change in the balanc(...)

Frederick ‘Freddie’ Thompson is on trial at the  Special Criminal Court accused of murder. File photograph: The Irish Times.

The prosecution has closed its case in Frederick ‘Freddie’ Thompson’s murder trial at the Special Criminal Court. The 37-year-old, with an address a(...)

Frederick ‘Freddie’ Thompson: has pleaded not guilty to the murder of David Douglas. File photograph: The Irish Times.

Footage of the moment a shoe shop manager was shot dead in his Dublin store has been played during the non-jury murder trial of Frederick “Freddie” Th(...)

'Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh’s sense of marginalisation seems overstated.'

Are native Irish speakers an invisible minority, marginalised and misunderstood by a hostile and self-hating English-speaking culture? Or are they, as(...)

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