Gougane Barra Hotel, west Cork.

In many ways the pandemic is a kaleidoscope. A diverse range of swirling, dancing colours, defining the rollercoaster of pandemic emotions. There are (...)

The OPW announced in early May it was closing the 218 metre high Skellig Michael as a visitor attraction due to concerns over Covid-19 but promised to review the decision as circumstances changed and some lockdown measures were relaxed.

The Office of Public Works has confirmed it will not re-open the Skellig Michael UNESCO World Heritage Site for the remainder of the 2020 tourist seas(...)

Skellig Michael, Co Kerry. While the World Heritage Convention offers a global tool for conserving our heritage, climate change will continue to create risks and issues for conservation. Photograph: Chris Hill/Getty

For almost 50 years, Unesco’s 1972 world heritage convention (WHC) has been the foremost global instrument for the protection of humanity’s natural an(...)

People queue outside of a Carrefour supermarket as they respect a one meter distance in Lormont on Wednesday. Photo: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP via Getty Images

Seven days ago life was a lot simpler. After England beat Wales at Twickenham, I jumped in the car and headed for Dingle. I drove along the Slea Head(...)

Could Rey be the child of ordinary fellows like you or me?

JJ Abrams, director of The Force Awakens, returns after Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi divided fans with its fierce narrative risks. JJ has a few loose (...)

Derrynane GAA in South Kerry. Photograph: Mike Curran

Gazing across St Mary’s pitch in Cahersiveen, Brian O’Sullivan considers its history. The club was founded in 1929 but the history of Gaelic Games in (...)

Gannet birds pluck artificial material from the ocean to build their nests on the Little Skellig colony off the Co Kerry coast. Photograph: Vincent Hyland

There is no “localised solution” to the continuing build-up of plastic materials on one of the Skellig Islands, wildlife officials have said. The Na(...)

The Reeks District has launched its Big Five campaign, a collection of the biggest, best and most thrilling outdoor adventures the country has to offer

High five  Ireland’s Reeks District has launched its Big Five campaign, a collection of the biggest, best and most thrilling outdoor adventures (...)

The monastic settlement on Skellig Michael off the coast of Co Kerry

Skellig Michael will be open to visitors from this Friday, following prolonged closure during recent spells of poor weather, the Office for Public Wor(...)

Skellig Michael off the coast of Co Kerry. Photograph: Getty

The opening of Skellig Michael to visitors this year has been deferred due to recent bad weather and sea conditions off the southwest coast. It was (...)

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