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Wayne Hurst of Hurst Heating and Plumbing Supplies in Castlebar, with some of the wood-burning stoves which have been selling well following the bituminous coal ban. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Six months after the burning of smoky coal was banned by the State in Castlebar, the Mayo town is showing slight, but encouraging signs of an improvem(...)

Writer Tom Coyne made 103 room reservations and over 40 tee times. By the end of the trip he had hit 4,531 shots, lost 129 balls and visited 196 pubs. Photograph: Inpho

At first it was a crazy idea. A trip from the United States to Ireland to play every links course on the island - with a few parkland along the way - (...)

Based on the cases on the island, Clare Island would have an equivalent incidence rate of 12,500 cases per 100,000 people.  Photograph: Getty Images

Clare Island off the coast of Co Mayo is experiencing a Covid-19 outbreak that has infected about one in every eight of its 160 residents. About 20 p(...)

A plane flies over a hotel near Heathrow Airport near London, Britain. Hoteliers in Ireland have response to a proposed mandatory hotel quarantine for some arrivals. File photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Hoteliers predict proposed mandatory quarantine requirements for some people arriving into the State will be a significant “deterrent” on overseas tra(...)

A status yellow wind warning has been issued for a number of western counties. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A status yellow wind warning has been issued for a number of western counties until Tuesday morning. The latest warning comes as hundreds of homes an(...)

I’ve been singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer during our daily conversations on our WhatsApp video calls. Photograph: iStock

The fact that I’ve called my coronavirus confinement journal my Alcatraz Diary makes it easy for me to confess I’ll do time if if don’t get to spend C(...)

Visitors have returned to their suburban prisons and the silence seems deafening. Photograph: iStock

I had just got used to being out and about, no longer approaching shopping trolleys with suspicion or imagining supermarket assistants as superspread(...)

Conor Niland of Ireland waves to the crowd as he walks off court after losing his first round match to Adrian Mannarino in 2011. Photo: Getty Images

As great as it is, Wimbledon can blow cold, feel like a wilderness, an alien tournament that blooms every year for two weeks at exactly the same time.(...)

 Aidan O’Shea’s  Breaffy, will come up against Lee Keegan’s Westport in the Mayo semi-finals. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Saturday Football Mayo SFC: Breaffy v Westport, MacHale Park, 7.15 - Breaffy, showcasing an almost unmarkable Aidan O’Shea, chase the Grail of a fir(...)

‘I finally chose a purveyor of petrol whose online identity claimed you could pay at the pump, avoiding unnecessary human interactions.’ Photograph: iStock

Way back before the Bubonic Plague of the 1300s, the Great Famine of the 1840s and the taoiseach’s U-turn on Cromwell’s cabinet, I took my life in my (...)

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