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Colleges and universities  have access programmes for people like yourself who wish to explore their educational goals. Photograph: iStock

I never went to college after school. I found it hard to engage and went straight into a job. I’m in my 30s now. While I have a good job in Galway, I (...)

Farmer Michael McPartland (right) with his son Rory and his grandson Paddy (12) at a sweathouse on their family farm at Cornageeha, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Donald McCarthy

Legend has it that they provided a range of cures for ailments ranging from arthritis and gout to infertility, and now a research project is under way(...)

A pair of vintage  ice-skates. A US blog surmises that ice-skating never took off in Ireland because the weather was too mild here, even by comparison with London.

An observant reader of yesterday’s column has wondered at the contrast between the notoriously dour Earl of Clanrickarde (1832-1916), as described, an(...)

Mark Feehily is selling a lake-front house in Sligo. Photograph: Getty Images/Irish Times

Pop star Mark Feehily is selling his lakeside Sligo home, a generously arranged two-level ranch house, complete with cowboy bath and stellar views of (...)

Benbulben isn’t really fit for climbing – you have to cross private land and scaling it can be dangerous unless you’re with an experienced climber.

Ah, Sligo. So small yet so full of stuff to do. Take Sligo town, its shopfronts and stone bridges and stunning new architecture carefully laid out acr(...)

Members of the Irish Navy standing behind 1,025 kgs of cocaine worth €290 million discovered on board the Makayabella off the Cork coast in September, 2014. File Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Coastal and lakeside communities in Sligo and Leitrim have been asked by the Garda Síochána to help them tackle crime along waterways, following a suc(...)

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 (...)

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