Trinity College botanist Prof John Parnell with the stump of the Oregon Maple Tree which died last week in the college. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Stress is the probable cause of death of the majestic 170-year-old Oregon Maple tree, which “catastrophically and unexpectedly” collapsed last Saturda(...)

‘When it comes to the marine, we’ve a pretty good record of selling off the family silver, or even giving it away.’ Above, John Fitzgerald takes Lorna Siggins on a seaweed foraging tour. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

There can be few more pleasurable ways to acquire a spot of Latin than wading through cool, clear Atlantic waves off a southwest Kerry beach. I(...)