Slieve Bloom

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Camping   on the Ring of Kerry. You might be surprised how much you enjoy a few nights of wild camping far away from civilization. Photograph: iStock

With the ending of lockdown, and the easing of restrictions, the idea of venturing into the world again is enough to make most of us giddy. A wal(...)

Walking the pier at Howth on Sunday with most people observing life-saving social distance. Photograph: Alan Betson

Large groups of people gathered at beaches, mountains and walking routes around the country on Sunday afternoon despite social distancing concerns and(...)

The Ballindenisk international horse trials were held in Watergrasshill, Co Cork over the weekend. Photograph: Inpho

In a sport where women and men compete on equal terms, the former came out on top at the weekend’s Ballindenisk international horse trials in Watergra(...)

 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(...)

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