Clare Island

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 Valerie Donovan with her son Matthew (left) and Caroline Kinsella with son Sam McLeod (11 months) at the Julianstown Autism Support Group in  Meath. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth, or so the saying goes, and researchers have continuously found evidence of the heal(...)

The vast uninhabited wilderness dominated by the Nephhin range held me entranced.

My offering this week comes from the lobby of the Westport Woods Hotel, where I have laid claim to the most comfortable armchair. My justification is(...)

The beach at Donabate in Co Dublin was not awarded a blue flag due to a drop in annual bathing water classification from excellent to good.

Two of Dublin’s most popular beaches have lost their prestigious blue flags. Killiney and Donabate beaches did not retain their blue flags for the co(...)

 Heinrich Böll: 60th anniversary of his influential ‘Irisches Tagebuch’, and the 50th of its translation into English, as ‘Irish Journal’

I don’t know if the late TK Whitaker and (the even later) Heinrich Böll ever crossed paths during their very different lives. But if they’ve met anywh(...)

Bernard Heaney, a lifelong resident of Inisturk fishing in the bay

“Good morning, Clifden, this is Island Discovery, en route to Inishbofin with six passengers and five crew,” says the man at the wheel, Dermot Concann(...)

Rock climbing Even those incapable of one proper push-up magically manage to find the strength in their chest, hips, fingers and thighs to(...)

Eamon Ó Cuiv: said he wanted the Minister to assure him the funding would continue after March

Inter-departmental discussions are under way on the funding of development companies in the non-Gaeltacht islands, Minister for the Environment Alan(...)

Ferry arriving at Sherkin Island. Photograph: David Sleator

Inhabitants of nine off-shore islands in the west are concerned at news that funding of their five community development companies will be stopped at (...)

I’m in love with a new bike. If Farrow & Ball made high nellies they’d look like my new lady bike. Never underestimate the power of nostalgia. Wh(...)

Tolkienesque tangle: hazels furred with lichen. Illustration: Michael Viney

On its way to the shore the boreen tilts down beside a creggan, a sandstone outcrop like a last, rocky toenail of the mountain. Abruptly steep (...)

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