Clifden Arts Festival: President Michael D Higgins said young people who discover they have a talent can still expect this to be “welcomed and celebrated”

President Michael D Higgins has said that Irish society stands out in an increasingly globalised world in valuing the “work of the imagination”. Youn(...)

A Connemara community, Loch Con Aortha, is recording placenames for its website as population declines

The residents of a Connemara village believe that neither Minister for Rural Development Michael Ring nor any of his colleagues have the will to save (...)

Until recently the majority of Irish people would have understood that cluain refers to a meadow or a plain between two woods, that bánóg (bawnogue) refers to a patch of level grass, often used for dancing

Do you understand the sentence: the banbh was hiding out in the clochán from the brothall? Or how about: I took the boreen over the bawn and down the (...)

Irish lakes are home to rare plants and fauna that few nonsnorkelers will ever see. Illustration: Michael Viney

An ecologist friend spends much of his working life in a neoprene wetsuit, floating face-down with mask and snorkel on Ireland’s lakes and lagoons. He(...)

Máirtín Ó Cadhain: is Cré na Cille a modern masterpiece, as John Banville says, or just a crude expression of Ó Cadhain’s bitterness about the decay of Gaeltacht culture?

‘It’s time for Cré na Cille in English,” Prof Michael Cronin, of the school of applied language and intercultural studies at Dublin City University, d(...)

Alastair Cook’s 30th Test match century gave England an outside chance of victory against India in Rajkot. Photograph: Reuters/Amit Dave

Alastair Cook’s 30th Test hundred helped pile the pressure on as India had to hang on against England’s spinners to salvage a draw in the hard-fought (...)

President Michael D Higgins (centre) with  his wife Sabina (far right) and  Mayor of Galway Noel Larkin (left) and atlas co-authors Paul Walsh and Jacinta Prunty at the launch the Irish Historic Towns Atlas of Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Language used to depict Europe’s current migrant crisis was once applied to survivors of the Great Famine in Ireland, President Michael D Higgins has(...)

A small piece of my heart forever remains in the Burren, for this is a place that guarantees an authentic outdoor experience. The sublime enigma of t(...)

Listen closely to the silence around you right now and you may be able to pick up some remarkable things floating through the atmosphere. Pat Coll(...)

Imprints from the past: successive ice ages and weathering have left the fossils of early limestone Ireland’s chief visible heritage. Illustration: Michael Viney

The first Irish fossils to catch my eye shone out from a big panel of dark and highly polished limestone, spotlit beside the desk of Michael Scott, th(...)