'Horrible Harvey' leaves a trail of destruction in one of the many scenes of devastation from Rockport, Texas.

Plain Jane was a far more welcome guest than Harvey

Country Living with Francis Farragher We’ve now officially slipped quite seamlessly into the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, with our climatological summer ending on the last day of August. The summer of 2017 has...
Riverdance was a long way into the future when this group of young Irish dancers from Loughrea posed for the camera in 1967.

Galway In Days Gone By

1917 Mail-order houses All who have the interests of Irish trade at heart must feel concerned at the huge amount of money sent from Ireland to cross-Channel mail-order houses. One of the lesser-known of these firms...
The Temple of Heaven, Beijing: Surely one of the most beautiful buildings on the planet.

Three Irish gems never to be taken for granted

Country Living with Francis Farragher April, is probably the ideal month to visit the Chinese capital of Beijing. At that time, the often extreme sub-continental climate of the region is at its most benign –...
What a difference a year makes . . . Just over 12 months ago, the floods were making their way through towns and villages across South Galway as captured in this 'paws for thought' photo taken near Craughwell by HANY MARZOUK. A year on, it's a changed landscape.

‘Steady as she goes’ while Winter slips by

Country Living with Francis Farragher We’ve been chugging along so merrily through a mild and dry Winter, that our forecasters have been pining for something to give out warnings about. This time last year, we...
Local fishermen prepare their net in their dugout boat on the shores of Lake Malawi.

Enraptured by Africa’s wonderful wilderness

Lifestyle -  Falling asleep to the sound of hippos and with crocodiles lying in the long grass, Judy Murphy was smitten by Malawi experience Beware of the Hippo,’ declared the sign in Mvuu Safari lodge...
Dessie O'Brien at the counter of his unique shop in Kilrickle. “I don’t see our customers as locals, they are friends,” he says. Photos: Hany Marzouk.

Step back in time

Lifestyle - Judy Murphy visits a shop/pub in Kilrickle which has barely changed in the past century and features a treasure trove of relics from a bygone age. When Dessie O’Brien stands outside his shop...


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