Cranes flying over Bord na Móna rewetted peatlands Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Common cranes that set up home on a rewetted peatland earlier this year have successfully hatched two baby chicks – the first recorded birth of crane (...)

Cranes in courting dance. Illustration: Michael Viney

Like a guilty, cultural echo, the word “crane” hangs on, at least in parts of the west, as an everyday word for the heron. How marvellous, at last, to(...)

The Morrigan is a war goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann with a shape-shifting ability who often takes the form of a crow. Photograph: Reuters

Met Éireann asked the public this week to submit suggestions for names for next season’s storms. The last such call-out resulted in thousands of entri(...)

In folklore watercress was said to alleviate depression and increase a person’s intelligence

In folklore of the British Isles, watercress occupies an important place. In Ireland and Scotland, it was said that when used as a charm, watercress c(...)

An bradán feasa: taispeánann an néareolaíocht go bhfuil cothú den scoth le fáil sa bhradán don inchinn, cothú ar a dtugtar Óimige 3. Grianghraf: iStock
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Foclóir: Inneal - engine, eisceachtaí - exceptions, tairngreacht - prophecy, laige - weakness, foinse - source, inchinn - brain, bradán - salmon, néar(...)

Diarmuid Gavin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The art of things at NCAD welcome day Here’s an event in Dublin on Saturday 16th that has nothing to do with Bloomsday! The welcome day at the Nation(...)

For a small nation, we've plenty to boast about

CONNACHT Galway Galway has always been a hub for visitors, notably including Christopher Columbus, who pitched up in 1477 and is thought to have atte(...)

Young Irish artist Will Sliney,  who has been chosen by US giant Marvel Comics as their main artist on such as titles as Spider-Man, Avengers and X-Men, has been chosen as Cork Person of the Month for July. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

A young Irish artist who has been chosen by US giant Marvel Comics as their main artist on such as titles as Spider-Man, Avengers and X-Men has been c(...)

 Actor Luke Andrew Feeney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Since the dawn of time – or at least the dawn of the automobile – teenagers have had a reputation for being a lazy, self-centred bunch with more ho(...)