Brexit & Ireland, an inside story of the Irish response

Tuesday, 03 September 2019
Need to understand how Ireland helped to shape the EU's response to Brexit? RTÉ's Europe correspondent Tony Connelly tells the dramatic story of the Irish response to this political and economic earthquake. Read More...

Stanhope Forbes, father of Cornwall's Newlyn School of painting

Friday, 16 August 2019
Dublin-born Stanhope Forbes spent time painting Brittany before founding the influential Newlyn School of painters in Cornwall in the late 19th century. Read More...

Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

Wednesday, 04 April 2012
A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

Friday, 07 October 2011
The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

Wednesday, 07 September 2011
Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Major oil discovery made off the coast of Ireland

Ireland could become an oil producer as first commercially viable oil well is found south of Cork.

Ireland could become an oil producer as first commercially viable oil well is found south of Cork.

Ireland's first commercial oil discovery, confirmed in March 2012 just days before St Patrick's, could produce up to 10 billion barrels of oil.

Barryroe oil well, located 50km off the Irish coast in the North Celtic Sea Basin, is more than 300ft deep and is producing 3,514 barrels of high-quality oil a day. However, production is expected to reach as much as 20,000 barrels a day when production commences at the field in the next three years.

Irish oil and gas company Providence Resources, which owns the Barryroe well, hopes that the surrounding field will contain many further viable wells.

The oil discovery was welcomed by the Irish government, which is still struggling with the economic crisis and the terms of the €67 billion bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

Oil was first discovered off the Irish coast in the 1970s, but exploration was never commercial due to low oil prices and lack of technology.

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