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The People’s Park Haulbowline was officially opened on Saturday. Pictured are (  from left) Tim Lucey, chief executive, Cork County Council; Minister Michael McGrath; Cllr Gillian Coughlan, Mayor of the County of Cork; Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and his daughter Annalise;  Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, senior engineer, Cork County Council. Photograph:  Brian Lougheed

The work of Cork County Council in the €25 million remediation of a former slag heap in Cork Harbour has been praised and the success of the project h(...)

Gillian O’Brien: “It is unusual to go to a general history site and not to be told something about 1916 even though 1916 took place geographically in very few places.”  Photograph: Alistair Daniel

Author Gillian O’Brien felt that there was a tendency towards a ‘traditional’ telling of history in Ireland, and set out to find the darkness in he(...)

The Jelletts’ pizza oven sits in what had hitherto been known as the ‘Ignored Corner’ of their garden.

My late father’s barbecue sauce always signalled the beginning of summer. Made from a bounty of fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions, sugar and lemon, the t(...)

No king’s ransom: You won’t need to pay anything to visit King John’s Castle in Limerick on Tourism Day, as all participating attractions are free of charge. Photograph: iStockPhoto

There will be free entry to more than 100 tourist attractions across Ireland in the middle of April as part of a new tourism initiative aimed at showc(...)

There were 81,000 visitors to Spike Island off the coast of Cobh in 2019, according to Cork County Council.

An exhibition outlining the role of Spike Island as a prison during the War of Independence has helped visitor numbers to the island attraction in Cor(...)

Visitors to the island are taken on a guided tour through its 1,300-year history.

It may well once have been about as attractive a destination as Van Diemen’s Land or the Bastille but the former prison of Spike Island has undergone (...)

Pure Cork offers a whole range of harbour exploration and discovery activities.

Clear waters For a day trip with a differenced this month, consider Cork Harbour. As the second-largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney Har(...)

The preserved heart from the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, that will be used as part of the Heartship art project by Dorothy Cross

Twenty years ago Ghost Ship, Dorothy Cross’s Nissan Art Project, set a benchmark for public art events in Ireland. Covered in green fluorescent paint,(...)

Pat Dennigan, CEO Focus Ireland, and Catherine O’Kelly, managing director, Bord Gáis Energy, at the launch of Shine A Light

Bord Gáis Energy has announced an extension of its partnership with homeless charity, Focus Ireland to sponsor its annual fundraising initiative – Shi(...)

Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, at Haulbowline Island  with  Cormac O’Suilleabháin  and Tim Lucey of Cork County Council. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

A toxic dump which resembled a “lunar landscape” 12 months ago has been transformed into a public park which will open to the public next May. The 22(...)

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