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The Rocks of Bawn were famously unploughable. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As with the Cliffs of Dooneen, the whereabouts of the Rocks of Bawn are one of the great debating points of Irish balladry. They most often get attrib(...)

Andrew Workman: “Farmers in Ireland can produce flour that will make a great yeast loaf. It will be quite a bit denser than French or Italian bread, but it tastes great.” Photograph: James Forde

“I am currently growing 17 different varieties of grain that were once grown in Ireland, up until the 1930s,” says Fintan Keenan from Monaghan, about (...)

Having a beard seems to involve a lot of hassle for relatively little pay-off.  Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

For some years, style journalists have been speculating that that the beard is finished. Fads like this usually last a year or two, and given that the(...)

In 1903, Melville surprised newspaper readers and crime fans by announcing his retirement. In truth, he had been recruited by the War Office for the new intelligence gathering agencies which would become MI5 and MI6.

Like many Irish emigrants, parts of William Melville’s history are uncertain. Family lore, as recounted in the excellent research curator Helen O’Carr(...)

A computer-generated image of what the adjoining premises on Dawson Street owned by the Royal Irish Automobile Club and Tetrarch Capital would look like if the proposed €35m redevelopment goes ahead

The company behind the development of a 117-bedroom hotel on the site incorporating the Royal Irish Automobile Club (RIAC) on Dawson Street in Dublin (...)

The  Seabourn Quest at anchor in Killybegs, Co Donegal

There is a very, very large bouquet of flowers in the back of Elaine Quinn’s car, which is parked on the quayside at Killybegs in Co Donegal. She glan(...)

Flooding along the banks of the Shannon River near Athlone Town in 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The “first real Shannon maintenance scheme since Queen Victoria” will start to pay off this winter as flood protection, water-level management and wor(...)

The Hook lighthouse has a cafe in the visitor centre,  concentrating on foods prepared onsite and breads, cakes and scones baked in the in-house bakery.

Did Vikings really wear helmets with horns? The enduring stereotype of these fearsome Scandinavian warriors may be a little false, it turns out – or c(...)

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall underneath a portrait of Daniel O’Connell with his living relatives as they are shown around Derrynane House. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

It had been threatening to rain all morning but the smudges of grey clouds began to clear over Bunavalla and the sun emerged, watery but welcome, just(...)

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit visit several notable venues during their trip to Ireland. File photograph: The Irish Times

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are to visit of the home of Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator, at Derrynane in Co Kerry during their three-day visit(...)

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