The Honduran people are warm and open, but living in a climate of violence and intimidation has taken its toll

Honduras is one of the most dangerous places in the world, so why would Kenco set up a training scheme there?

The decor at the Lord Edward  has hardly changed since 1904

No 11: Steeped in history, the atmosphere in the upstairs lounge of this historic pub makes every newcomer believe they’re the fi(...)

Finding and championing a great talent behind the bar is the central idea of the Irish Bartender of the Year competition

Six finalists battle for chance to represent Ireland at the world final in South Africa in August

No 10: A back-of-the-bar extension gives this already elegant slice of history the feel of a 19th-century railway waiting room

No 9: Despite the speed at which the retro style of the Snug will cast you back into your own imagination, it’s a calm and elegant(...)

There are two sides to Kavanagh’s: the beautiful public bar that remains firmly rooted in its past and the lounge next door with its great food

No 8: Family establishment still going strong with eighth generation behind the bar

Along the winding country roads of the Cooley Peninsula, this is a pub you could easily call home

Grogan’s:  a place to become someone

No 6: Established in 1899, Grogan’s has held its current position as a refuge for the literary and the lost since the 1970s

J O’Connell’s pub, Skryne Hill, Co Meath

No 5: Entire lifetimes have been consumed keeping a fire blazing at the heart of this incredible pub

Photograph: Getty Images

A safe country for tourists, well managed with a young educated workforce and a culture that runs much deeper than old headlines s(...)

Pub perfection No 4: Kehoe’s has that literary feeling other pubs try to buy but can’t

The Long Hall. There’s enough of a welcome to make you feel at home, a chat if you need it, and always a farewell. Photograph:Cyril Byrne

Pub perfection No 3: There are few pubs in Dublin that can match this great Victorian relic - and if it was good enough for Phil L(...)

Murphy’s is settled on the edge of the Atlantic and in the shadow of Mount Brandon

Pub perfection No 2: The view from its front door is beautiful and there’s always a great welcome inside

The Cobblestone in Smithfield: seven nights a week, twice on Sundays, you’ll find a trad session under way in the corner seat

(New series) Pub Perfection No 1: It’s hard to imagine the art of Irish song under any kind of threat after a session at this pub

Photograph: (c) Olive McGloin

Dubliner Olive McGloin is the first woman to walk the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada – and back

Dick Macks, Dingle: Best whiskey bar in Munster and Ireland

Now in its second year, the Irish Whiskey Awards are maturing nicely. Among the awards this year were those for the whiskey bars (...)

The latest football jersey is too easy - look further afield for something special for the sports fan

Members of the Mara 18 gang show their tattoos in the National Penitentiary in Tamara, near the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. Photograph: Elmer  Martinez/AFP/Getty Images

Coffee may offer a way out of gang culture in one of the world’s most violent countries

The African Union complex in Addis Ababa.

It’s three decades since Michael Buerk’s powerful BBC reports told the world about the country’s famine. The image has stayed with(...)

Brian Coakley, Anja Ní Chúin, John O’Sullivan, Seán Ó Cúin, Altan Holland, Ella Ní Chúin, Davorka Naletilic and Gary Quinn at the standing stones between the Black Valley and Bridia Valley. Photograph:  Valerie O’Sullivan

Killarney is preparing to give summer a wild mountain and valley welcome with its first walking festival. Gary Quinn took his fami(...)

Have you got an opinion on climate change? Want to work with Irish Times journalists? Then take part in our student 30-sec video c(...)

Land arctic

The background, what to expect and how you can get involved

Voyager: the trip is a follow-up to Charlie Bird’s 2008 film. Photograph: Crossing the Line

From late February the former RTÉ journalist will be living among an Inuit community in Nunavut, documenting it in print and onli(...)

Left to right: Phelim McDonnell (11), Ruby Pereira (11), Daisy Pereira (8), Aya Zomer (10), Peter Cousins (5), Ciara Zomer (8), Muireann McDonnell (8), Sean Ó Cúin (6), Altan Holland (9), standing; Turlough McDonnell (5). Photograph: Frank Miller

Our group of 10 reviewers, aged five to 11, give their verdict on the top 10 toys for Christmas

Distilling greatness: Mary Ferriter, general manager of Dingle Whiskey Distillery  at the refurbished Saw Mills at Milltown, Dingle, Co Kerry. From left, Brian Taft, distiller, Oliver Hughes, owner, Peter Mosley, co-owner/distiller, Sean Burke, distiller, Michael Walsh, operator, Ryan Begley, operator. Photograph:Valerie O’Sullivan

A three-day trip to Dingle Distillery proves the future is bright for Irish whiskey, writes Gary Quinn

The White Cottages in Skerries has recently been awarded the Georgina Campbell Best B&B in Ireland award and the Best B&B Breakfas(...)

Warming up: Extreme swimmer, Nuala Moore,  on Pedlar’s Coom, Conor Pass, on the Dingle Peninsula where she trains daily in the lake enclosed in the mountain. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Ice swimmer Nuala Moore is in the running to be crowned world open water swimming woman of the year – but her greatest victories a(...)

The statue of Oscar Wilde at Merrion sqaure, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The ‘Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations’ places Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw in first and second place as most quoted(...)

Video: In a new strand of local film festival coverage - A Screen Near You - we set Clones Film Festival a challenge: make a sho(...)

Friendly Kilkenny

From swinging through treetops to swigging rare whiskey, a break in Kilkenny was all about that ‘something extra’, and it’s easy (...)

The  Running of the Bulls, a highlight of the Hemingway Days Festival in Key West
Hanging with Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway is Key West, Florida’s, most famous literary son and when they celebrate his legacy they do it in style

Denis John Kane, a surfboard maker, left, from San Diego, California, with his first cousin, Andrew Jacob, oyster fisherman and painter, from Cape Cod,who are the Great Great Grandsons of Padraig O’Hogán, The King of The Blaskets, who left the Great Blasket Island in 1905. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan
Gather ye

Whether it’s surfing off the Blasket Islands, revisiting the ballroom of romance or celebrating that red mane of hair, the Gatheri(...)

Denis DK Kane and Andrew Jacob prepare to take to the sea while filming the documentary The Crest at the Blaskets in Co Kerry. Photograph: Valerie O'Sullivan

A film about two American cousins who’d previously never met, on an island they’ve never been to – why does the story of ‘The Cre(...)

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Viva Las Vegas

While known for its gambling, Las Vegas is constantly upping its game by offering bigger and better hotels and food as well as spe(...)

Fire and ice

GO SWEDEN: STOCKHOLM MAKES ME want to have an affair

Fresh from its selection as one of the best-of-show products at last weekend’s Grand Designs London show, Shane Holland’s 6ft…

Gary Quinn in his Tahe Marine Greenland T in Connemara. Photograph: Shane Holland

THE SEA ROAD: Deserted islands, stunning landscapes and Atlantic swells make for a fun day off the south Galway coast, writes Gary(...)

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