Slieve Bloom

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 Damien Bastiat, general manger of Ballyfin Hotel in Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Damien Bastiat wipes the rain drops off the windscreen of our golf buggy with a cloth, hops on the driver’s seat, and we’re off on a whirlwind tour of(...)

Family fun in St Dominic’s Park, Drogheda,  1-5pm, Monday

Bray International Jazz Festival, Co Wicklow, May 3-6 One of Ireland’s most established jazz festivals, this four-day event turns the north Wicklow s(...)

The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co Laois

The five-star Heritage Hotel in Killenard, Co Laois has been sold for close to the guide price of €9 million through agent CBRE. It was bought by FB(...)

St Luna’s church in Cadamstown, Co Offaly, where the funeral Mass for Kieran Byrne took place on Sunday. Photograph: National Inventory of Architectural Heritage

Crowds lined the streets as the coffin of a hugely popular farmer was taken by tractor and trailer from his home to St Luna’s church in Cadamstown, Co(...)

A drone captures images of a gorse fire in Sandyford, Dublin. Screen grab: Dublin Fire Brigade video

A break in the weather could be on the horizon by this time next week but rain is by no means certain, Met Éireann has said. “We are going to see ver(...)

A Coillte helicopter takes water to a dam at the top of The Cut road in the Slieve Bloom mountains. Photograph: Laois Fire and Rescue/Twitter

People are again being asked to stay away from the Slieve Bloom mountains in counties Laois and Offaly as firefighting efforts continue on Saturday mo(...)

Sightseers are also being warned to stay away from the Slieve Bloom mountains.  Photograph: Offaly Fire & Rescue Service/Facebook

Firefighters continue to battle a large forest fire along the Slieve Blooms on Thursday. Crews from Laois and Offaly returned to the mountainous are(...)

Places past generations could never really have aspired to reach – like the Silvermines Ridge – are now just an effortless spin away.

The automobile has much to answer for. It pollutes our atmosphere, chokes our cities, isolates us from communities, creates obesity and exterminates u(...)

Flooding from the River Owenass on the Manor Road in Mountmellick, Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Residents in Mountmellick have spoken about how flood waters deluged their homes very quickly following torrential rain on Wednesday. The occupants o(...)

Occasional tantalising vistas open over the patchwork quilt of Ireland’s central lowlands

In past times, it seems, people rarely ventured into the Slieve Bloom Mountains. No heroic myths or tales of epic battles emanate from here. No great (...)

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