Tory Island

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Science journalist Mary Mulvihill carried out a one-woman campaign to get us to think of ourselves as a scientific nation as well as a nation of writers. File photograph: Brian Dolan

Here are five books related to the history of science that you might want to put on your Christmas list. Mary Mulvihill, Ingenious Ireland: A County-(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hailed the “biggest investment in rural Ireland ever” as he announced the signing of the contract for the National Broadband Plan at an event in Glendalough Co Wicklow. Illustration: Getty

Some 300 towns and villages across Ireland are to get high-speed internet hubs while they await the arrival of the National Broadband Plan. The full l(...)

For jays, the crucial thing is acorn-harvesting, so they gather wherever oak trees do. Photograph: iStock

One of the downsides of running in the Phoenix Park, as I do more often than walking in it, is that you spend a lot of your time looking at the ground(...)

Tory Island.   A notorious shipwreck happened there 125 years   ago this autumn. It involved a gunboat, the HMS Wasp

There are no rats on Tory Island, apparently, a mystery explained by the effect of sacred clay. According to the tradition, the clay was taken from a (...)

The Morrigan is a war goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann with a shape-shifting ability who often takes the form of a crow. Photograph: Reuters

Met Éireann asked the public this week to submit suggestions for names for next season’s storms. The last such call-out resulted in thousands of entri(...)

The 14-bedroomed Óstan Thóraigh is ‘a chance for someone to embrace island life in a strong community on one of Ireland’s most beautifully scenic islands’, according to Letterkenny auctioneer Gareth McLarnon.

One of Ireland’s most remote island hotels, which had Roger Casement as a guest, has gone on the market for less than the price of a three-bedroom sem(...)

“You can imagine Harry Windsor sailing a currach as easily as seeing him being dragged along in a gold-encrusted carriage. Let’s face it, he is our prince. Prince Harry is one of us.” Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

We hate them. But we love them really. Don’t we? We hate that we love them, and we definitely love to hate them. We can’t quite decide which it is. (...)

The King of Tory Patsy Don Rodgers outside the Dáil with fellow Tory Island residents calling for an a new  ferry to service the island off Donegal. Photograph: Alan Betson

The people of Tory Island brought their campaign for a better boat to Leinster House and with it a reminder of a nursery rhyme many Irish people learn(...)

The Boyne Viaduct poster by Roger O’Reilly which will be showcased at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair at the RDS

Vintage travel posters are among the most highly sought-after collectibles just now. At Christies of London this week, Zermatt – an Art Deco lithograp(...)

Looking Back by Eric Luke: West of Ireland, 1980s

How newspaper photographers manage to get any images at all is a mystery to most of us. They work under sometimes chaotic, sometimes overly controlle(...)

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