Archaeologists work with Dr Clíodhna Ní Lionáin at the passage tomb site at Dowth Hall, Co Meath. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Polynesia’s Easter Island, Wiltshire’s Stonehenge and southern Peru’s Nazca desert lines crop up regularly in the “top 10” world’s greatest “archaeolo(...)

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 (...)

Little Skellig contains a large density of gannet nests covered with marine debris. Photograph: Mark Hilliard

Jutting out from the Atlantic, the Skellig Islands have long been a fixture on the Irish tourist trail but are now becoming a focal point for the grow(...)

A Star Wars fan dressed as Chewbacca, suffering seasickness on a boat trip to Skellig Michael during the inaugural May The 4th Be With You festival in the Co Kerry village of Portmagee, Ireland. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The Force is all-powerful in Co Kerry, as Star Wars fans flocked today to the first ever May The 4th Be With You festival. Enthusiasts dressed as Dar(...)

The Chorus of Dissent and the Elastic Band

We’re almost afraid to say it out loud, for fear of putting a hex on it, but it looks like the weather could be good for this May bank holiday weekend(...)

Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill on Skellig Michael in a scene from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'. Photograph: Lucasfilm

Investment of €200 million in screen production over the next 10 years will aim to build on Ireland’s growing reputation as a centre for international(...)

The investment includes €460 million earmarked for priority projects at national cultural institutions including the National Library. Photograph: Frank Miller

Investment of almost €1.2 billion in culture, heritage and Irish language works over the next decade will be announced on Tuesday as part of Project I(...)

Wear protection: Daniel and Majella

It’s Valentine’s Day next week. It’s hard to do romance when the consequence of love in this country has historically been shame, imprisonment or exil(...)

Ah the lads, tis yourselves. Taosieach Bertie Ahern leads his troops to lunch at a Fianna Fáil Nice treaty meeting in 2002. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

Here’s what’s going to happen in 2018. Apologies if some of these predictions are a bit vague but I spilled egg nog all over my crystal ball/laptop sc(...)

Star Wars on  Skellig Micheal: visits on a permit system are meant to be capped at 11,100 annually  but  increased to 16,000 in 2017. Photographs: Lucasfilm

An Taisce has urged Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan to intervene over the “rebranding” of Kerry’s Skellig Michael as a “Disney-Lucasfilm fantasy (...)

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