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Ciarán Byrne and his wife, Martha Kearns,with their two children, Ciara and Leo, in Hazelwood, Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

“Dublin was rejecting me, as much as I didn’t want it to,” says Aoife Kelly (38), a freelance PR consultant who recently moved to Foxford, Co May(...)

Audrey Elliott with the     Mayo football jersey signed by Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock, Co Mayo, which she hopes will lift the Mayo ‘curse’ so the team can win an All-Ireland title.  Photograph:   Cate McCurry/PA

When Pope Francis flew into the west of Ireland on Sunday morning, he may have felt there was a “lot done, more to do”. During his 90 minutes in east(...)

The inquest at Dublin Coroner’s Court heard the cause of death was peritoneal mesothelioma, a cancer of the stomach related to asbestos exposure. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is unknown how a pioneering surgeon who carried out the first hip replacement in Ireland was exposed to asbestos during his lifetime, an inquest in(...)

 The papal cross in the Phoenix Park where the pope will celebrate Mass in August. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Irish Rail has warned those attending Pope Francis’s Phoenix Park Mass that its routes to Dublin on the day are nearly all sold out. It said all tick(...)

George at his granddaughter Aisling’s wedding.

When the pirate princesses (my O’Malley daughters) were small, Daddy used to play a word-game with them. In his parchment pen and ink-well writing, he(...)

Morgan Pinder, of Gurteen, Clare Island, Co Mayo, is believed to have died instantly in the single-vehicle crash near his home. File photograph: Google Street View

An island community is in mourning following the death in a road incident early today of a 13-year-old schoolboy. Morgan Pinder, of Gurteen, Clare Is(...)

Dunfanaghy Stables at Arnolds Hotel in Co Donegal offers a variety of horse-riding packages.
Saddle up for a horsey holiday

We know the drill with Wimbledon – overnight, we all become tennis experts and grab our tennis rackets for a game. In much the same way, the Dublin Ho(...)

Cyclists crossing Burrishoole bridge on the Great Western Greenway, Co Mayo.

When it was completed in 2011, this wonderfully scenic route along the northern side of Clew Bay was the longest greenway in Ireland. It was an innova(...)

A short holiday at home is the perfect way to spend the last days of summer. Photograph: iStock
Have an August adventure

There’s nothing as depressing for kids as trying on new school uniforms in summer, so how about schools of a different kind? A boat trip from Dolphinw(...)

Visit the tomb of King Tutankhamun and see the ancient Pyramids and timeworn Sphinx with a visit to Egypt.

Historic heroes and present day paradise Visit the tomb of King Tutankhamun and see the ancient Pyramids and timeworn Sphinx with a visit to Egypt. (...)

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