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The Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships takes place at Birr Castle from September 22nd to 27th

Looking up  From September 22nd to 27th, the skies above Birr Castle Gardens in Co Offaly will be filled with dozens of hot air balloons. The 49t(...)

The man who located the sparrowhawk’s nest in the Leitrim forest said he had been a bird watcher for 50 years. File photograph: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

The discovery of a sparrowhawk’s nest has led to the suspension of a tree felling operation at a 19 hectare Co Leitrim forestry plantation. Coillte h(...)

Minister for  Heritage  Josepha Madigan (right) is pictured at the  National Biodiversity Conference at Dublin Castle with Jane Stout, Professor in Botany at Trinity College Dublin, and Prof John Fitzgerald, chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Council. Photograph:  Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography.

A series of 40 actions to address a biodiversity crisis facing Ireland have been announced by a coalition of Government departments, State agencies, e(...)

O’Donnabháin’s, Kenmare, Co Kerry: locally-sourced food makes for a  crowd-pleasing menu

Ireland experienced something of an epidemic of magnolia-lacquered hotel development in the era post-economic apocalypse, with hallmark features like (...)

The Burren in Co Clare.

In the late Seamus Heaney’s poem Postscript, he beseeches the reader to take the time to drive out west to Co Clare’s Flaggy Shore where the Atlantic (...)

An actor with the Blue Raincoat theatre company, which is staging three Beckett plays in disused former factory in Sligo. Photograph: Peter Martin

The setting will be unusual when three short plays by Samuel Beckett are staged in Sligo for 10 nights. Beckett Hazelwood, presented by the Blue Rain(...)

Tasting line-up at Kinnegar in Donegal: the brewery are  hosting a  Big Day Out event as part of Indie Beer Week

“Localisation” may not be the catchiest of phrases but it’s fast becoming a buzzword in craft beer. Originating in the US – as many beer trends do – t(...)

Strawberry Milkshake IPA or Thai infused Witbier? Plenty of options at the Alltech craft beer festival kicking off this weekend in Dublin

The Alltech beer festival opens this evening at Dublin’s Convention Centre and over the next three days will be host to 50 stalls, more than 400 (...)

Four for February: Pacific Secret from Rascals; Mac Nutty from Lough Gill; and Back Beat from Western Herd and Banished Sun by Galway Bay.

Enjoying a beer isn’t always easy. Especially in January, when lots of people are having a “dry” month and want to forget, if just temporarily, that a(...)

Whiskey will soon be distilled in Sligo’s Hazelwood House, which was designed by architect Richard Cassels. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Hazelwood House in Co Sligo, which was considered one of Ireland’s most at-risk Palladian mansions just two years ago, is set to be restored. Sligo (...)

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