The sun shines along the passage floor into the inner chamber at newgrange during the 2013 Winter Solstice at Newgrange.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of people will gather at Newgrange, Co Meath on Thursday morning as the ancient chamber is illuminated at sunrise on the winter solstice, the(...)

Photographer Walter Pfeiffer once met a man from Roundstone who told him “Connemara is grey”. “Grey it certainly is on countless days in winter and o(...)

Archaeologist Seán Gibbons at a shipwreck recently exposed at Thallabawn Strand, Co Mayo. Photograph: Michael Gibbons

Continued erosion on the Atlantic seaboard has exposed the remains of a shipwreck on the south-west Mayo coastline. The wreck is clearly visible at l(...)

Winter scene at Booterstown Nature Reserve on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

1. Berlin attack suspect released as Isis claims responsibility German police have admitted they are not sure who carried out the Monday evening at(...)

Letting in the light:  Newgrange has been the subject of much archaeological debate for decades. Photograph: Alan Betson

Newgrange may be Ireland’s match for Stonehenge, but it has gained international renown for “all the wrong reasons”, according to a former State archa(...)

A stream of golden sunlight passes through the window box and along the passage way leading into the burial chamber of Newgrange during the  winter solstice. Photograph: Alan Betson

Trapping the winter solstice sun at Newgrange in Co Meath is not a 5,000-year-old phenomenon, but a 50-year-old “construct”, according to a former St(...)

Adrian Herlihy of Day’s Bar on Inishbofin with a 16h century decorated stone believed to be from a “lost” O’Malley castle. Photograph: Marie Coyne

Traces of a “lost” castle once held by 16th-century sea queen Grace O’Malley have been located on Inishbofin off the Connemara coast. Galway city her(...)

Kite brooches were used as pieces of jewellery to fasten a cloak or shawl

A student from the United States has found a rare kite brooch from the 12th century on Omey Island, Connemara. The brooch, so named because it is sha(...)

Nesting puffins on Skellig Michael have exacerbated the problems of rock slides. Photograph: Mark Hannaford/AWL/Getty

An archaeologist has expressed fears about another rock slide on Skellig Michael, due to a “severe burn back” of vegetation. Burrowing by nesting puf(...)

Humpback whale off Cork. Photograph: Pádraig Whooley/IWDG

There is a vast array of everyday wonders around this island’s 7,800km rim. With the help of a group of coastal cognoscenti, here are 55 alternatives(...)

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