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From Curraghchase Forest Park, in Limerick, and Lough Boora Discovery Park, in Co Offaly, to Blessington Greenway, in Co Wicklow, there’s no shorta(...)

Val Dempsey (73) who has been climbing Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday for more than 30 years. Photograph: Ellen O’Riordan

Summer would not be complete for 73-year-old Val Dempsey without a venture up Ireland’s holiest mountain on the last weekend of July. From Minane Bri(...)

There was a sharp fall in the number of people climbing Croagh Patrick on Sunday after the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage was cancelled due to the coronavirus. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Pilgrim numbers climbing Croagh Patrick today were greatly reduced on previous years, even on recent days, gardaí at Westport have said. “People mus(...)

Mayo Mountain Rescue crew on Croagh Patrick: “It is impossible to treat a casualty when you are socially distanced.” Photograph:  Odette Duignan

St Patrick allegedly banished snakes while standing on Ireland’s holiest mountain, Croagh Patrick, but keeping eager pilgrims away this year has prove(...)

Valerie French-Kilroy was found dead at a house in the Kilbree area, near Westport, in June 2019.

An inquest into the death of Valerie French-Kilroy, who was found with a stab wound at her home in Westport last year, was opened and adjourned on Mon(...)

Gardaí will be stopping people from climbin Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday with the pilgrimage cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photgraph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Groups closely involved with organising the annual Reek Sunday climb of Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo have appealed to people to stay away next Sunday for(...)

Coom Hill in Skibbereen, Co Cork. Photograph: Charles McCarthy Auctioneers

Charlie McCarthy, an auctioneer who has sold houses, farms and even islands in west Cork for almost half a century, takes the calls on Coom Hill as he(...)

Keeping hens is so much more than the luxury of breakfasting on homegrown eggs. Photograph: Getty

Few things in life are more satisfying than taking a stroll to a hen house and scooping up warm, freshly laid eggs. When I was pregnant with our first(...)

Surfers on the beach at Lahinch in Clare. A visit  brought back happy memories of holidays there when I was a youngster. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Last Saturday was to have been the second Test in Australia and the end of the season. Myself and Elaine had planned on going to Italy but luckily we (...)

“Clare Island has been a mirage for the last four months for this coronavirus-confined granny whose solitary confinement meant that all conversations – mainly Gooh-Goohs and Gah-Gahs – with the first grandchild were through a mobile phone screen.” Photograph: Getty Images

It is Mini Madam’s maiden voyage and she is the only one onboard not wearing a mask as the Clew Bay Queen slips out of the little harbour at Roonagh p(...)

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