Gannet birds pluck artificial material from the ocean to build their nests on the Little Skellig colony off the Co Kerry coast. Photograph: Vincent Hyland

There is no “localised solution” to the continuing build-up of plastic materials on one of the Skellig Islands, wildlife officials have said. The Na(...)

Little Skellig contains a large density of gannet nests covered with marine debris. Photograph: Mark Hilliard

Jutting out from the Atlantic, the Skellig Islands have long been a fixture on the Irish tourist trail but are now becoming a focal point for the grow(...)

Some of the mess left at Derrynane sand dunes in Co Kerry. Photograph: Facebook

Groups of teenagers left rubbish, human waste and condoms strewn around protected sand dunes in Co Kerry over the bank holiday weekend. The dunes nea(...)

Humpback whale off Cork. Photograph: Pádraig Whooley/IWDG

There is a vast array of everyday wonders around this island’s 7,800km rim. With the help of a group of coastal cognoscenti, here are 55 alternatives(...)