Val Dempsey (73) who has been climbing Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday for more than 30 years. Photograph: Ellen O’Riordan

Summer would not be complete for 73-year-old Val Dempsey without a venture up Ireland’s holiest mountain on the last weekend of July. From Minane Bri(...)

[FEATDROP5]A [/FEATDROP5]lighthouse stay offers a sense of sanctuary and escape from everyday life. The decommissioned lighthouse on Clare Isla(...)

  The decommissioned lighthouse on Clare Island with the  mainland in the background
To the lighthouse

A lighthouse stay offers a sense of sanctuary and escape from everyday life. The decommissioned lighthouse on Clare Island’s northeast face pre(...)