As night falls, the lake takes on a magical air; nocturnal animals make themselves heard and birds call out

It’s a gentle, relaxed pursuit suitable for all abilities, and bigger kids will happily splash along with an adult shipmate

Tasty sharing meals and beers to see you through to the final whistle. Photograph: Istock

With the RBS 6 Nations kicking off tomorrow - and the Superbowl on Sunday - here’s some tasty food and drink suggestions if you're(...)

Donal Skehan’s turmeric sunshine coconut stew – nutritious and filling, for just €1.50 a portion

With recipes from 75 cent per portion, there’s no reason you can’t eat well this week – even if your bank account is empty

 Donald Trump eats a pork chop on a stick while attending the Iowa State Fair on in  Des Moines, Iowa, August 2015. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Trump’s first task as US president will be to eat lunch

He's been publishing cookbooks for 17 years, so it's about time the chef gathered all his festive favourites

Damien Grey and Andrew Heron of the Michelin star-winning Heron & Grey restaurant. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Look out for interviews, events and food and drink specials this month

Blue-roofed churches in Oia, Santorini, look down on the caldera below

The Greek archipelago offers everything from luxurious accommodation to ‘thePompeii of the Aegean’, not to mention stunning sunset(...)

 Grace Jones will perform for one night in Dublin this September as part of the filming for a documentary about her life. Photograph: Claire Greenway/Getty Images

The singer will perform for one night, and footage from it will appear in Blinder Film’s documentary

Every day is a school day for our swimmer Rachel Collins. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

When Rachel Collins agreed to take the Swim for a Mile challenge, it seemed a long way off...

Coach Peter Conway  reckons once you find your perfect pace, you can swim all day. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s almost race day for our ‘Swim for a Mile’ challengers . . . and they are feeling a little nervous, but ready

 Rachel Collins: ‘There’s nothing quite as bonding as four adults gasping for breath at the end of a pool, trying to invent questions for our coach to delay the next round of drills.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘A week out of the pool partying like it’s 1999 – thanks for nothing Prince – is met with some serious repercussions’

Irish Times swimmer Rachel Collins: Backstroke  is my least favourite stroke – I’ve yet to finish a length without giving myself a good sinus-rinsing.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The pool echoes with Serena Williams-worthy grunts and growls

Last year’s Irish Times cover for the Food Month Killer Sandwiches. Design a food-related front page for this year’s sandwich to win a great prize

Create a newspaper page to wrap our Killer Sandwiches and win a great prize

When it’s a pre-theatre eat-and-run sort of night, you don’t want to be shelling out big bucks, so we recently found ourselves per(...)

Traditional French patisserie Le Petit Parisien on Wicklow Street, Dublin

Indulge your sweet tooth with some of these saccharine-heavy treats

Saba’s blend of Thai and Vietnamese food with Irish ingredients has won it many plaudits since it first opened

Eileen Dunne and Stefano Crescenzi have opened five restaurants, but the original, with its simple, no nonsense Italian food has r(...)

Pete & Mary Ward’s Country Choice at the Milk Market in Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

From Rick Stein's Byzantine journeys to Teeling Whiskeys; Smithfield picnics to virtual wine tasting, Culture Night has enough fla(...)

Some good potential in the early bird at this welcoming Stoneybatter restaurant

The Pepper Pot Cafe in the Powerscourt Towncentre: home of excellent eggs

Summer came and went in a soggy blur, so seek out soothing meals as the seasons change

Freshii has all the latest buzzwords: clean eating, eco-friendly, superfoods, “health-casual restaurant”

The Cereal Killer Cafe stall, which will be at this year's Electric Picnic

The quality of food at the Picnic has always been top-notch, and this year’s festival offering is bigger than ever

Our unquenchable love affair with craft beer is helping to raise the standard of pub grub all over the country

Despite the delicious oysters and crab claws, Klaw is not a place to linger

This semi-subterranean spot harks back to early 1960s Italian-American restaurants, with low ceilings and lighting, dark booths an(...)

Barbecued food is so hot right now - there's even a Big Grill Festival in Dublin this weekend - so we've found some good places to(...)

This self-styled seafood gastropub is doing a roaring trade and it’s easy to see why

Kilkenny Design Centre, which is hosting DruidShakespeare's 6.5-hour long cycle of plays in the yard. You can pop inside for a meal during the interval

If there’s one thing Kilkenny does well, it’s food, so you’re in luck if you’re heading to the Marble City for the annual arts fes(...)

A simple place with Lebanese art and keffiyeh hanging on the wall, rattan chairs, dark wood tables and enormous portions

We all know festivals are hungry work and there are lots of food options down by the water this weekend

A wine bar with wine shop prices and tasty nibbles? Oh go on then, just one more glass

Lotts & Co Grocery, which opened its doors in mid-July, is the latest independent food store in Dublin

Going head-to-head with Tesco and the German goliaths takes courage but these new foodstores have done just that

The Irish Village Markets Thursday market on the Grand Canal at Mespil Road

Pop-up city markets continue to grow in popularity with workers sick of the same old soggy sandwiches

Grab a coffee from the Jungle Beach Break Cafe on Salthill Prom, above, and go in search of Patricia Piccinini’s majestic Skywhale hot air balloon

Galway International Arts Festival rolls into the City of the Tribes this weekend, and in among the visual arts, theatre and music(...)

Close your eyes and you could almost – almost – be in Paris

Body & Soul kicks off tomorrow, and we’ve found some tasty treats to keep you going throughout the weekend

Chef Hisashi Kumagai: learn to know your norimaki from your nigiri.

Classes at Radisson’s Raw restaurant

Service is friendly and the view from your table looks out over Lough Atalia towards Galway Bay, where some of your dinner has bee(...)

This place does exactly what it says on the tin - it’s a little palm tree-inhabited tropical oasis, offering welcome respite from (...)

Barbecues, bread and butchery – they may be clichéd “dad foods”, but we don’t know a man who would turn his nose up at a food-base(...)

Once your senses have recovered from the décor, this is a friendly place, with attentive Vietnamese staff. Just stick to the soups(...)

There’s a literary feast awaiting the country in the coming week, with three festivals taking place. We’ve rounded up some places (...)

Come for the four-course Beta Brunch, stay for the science-based shenanigans

Sharing is caring, but everyone for themself is cool too

You know the one, it features in every “it’s sunny in Dublin, look at all the people drinking outside the Barge” photograph

Mezzanine buzz: The Pepper Pot cafe, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Anna Heikinheimo

The Pepper Pot is a bustling little café with the best scrambled eggs in Dublin. There, I said it

National Vegetarian Week begins on Monday so we’ve dug up some of the country’s best vegetarian and vegan restaurants

Part of a chain that has two outlets in Dublin, YO! Sushi offers the only sushi trains in the city

The Ocean Spray cranberry garden at last year’s Bloom in the Park festival. This year’s fetival will have a large Food Village with restaurants, cafes, markets and cookery demonstrations. Photograph: Lorna Gannon/Jardin

Food festival season continues this month, with gardening, design and literary events featuring lots of edible elements

Taco Taco don’t take reservations - you’ll have to rock up and take your chances at getting a seat before they move on to the next(...)

A taste of the Caribbean comes to this casual seafood cafe

Head to Herb Street on Grand Canal Dock for a sunny weekend brunch and excellent people watching

So many spots to enjoy some alfresco dining

Not the place for a quiet Friday pint any more, but it is a good option for lunch

Ignore the butter-laden coffee and and head for the wide selection of healthy foods and drinks

Two festivals this week celebrate all things Dublin – it’ll be hungry work

A good spot to try fresh, healthy food, while still getting lots of flavour for your money

A mix of traditional and modern delights are on show in this cosy café

A delicious brunch soured by bad service

Comedy feast: Kiwi comic Danny Dowling plays Galway Food Festival and West Waterford Festival of Food. Photograph: Natalie Herzer-Greer/Boudoir Girls

A number of food festivals are taking place in the next couple of weeks, with lots of food-related entertainment, events and tours(...)

Camden Exchange may be following a well-worn path, but it still offers something a little different – and tasty

New York-style sandwich shop serving fun, incredibly filling sandwiches, soups and sides

Delicious healthy food made by a Ballymaloe-trained chef is the perfect garden-side meal

Made in Belfast is a hop, skip and jump from City Hall and a world away from the bland bank buildings surrounding it.

Using your mobile to illuminate the menu is taking “atmosphere” a little too far.

A curious concept of blended Scandinavian and Asian influences in this new city centre bar and restaurant

A cool little spot that has the frantic starved-student mayhem during lunch, but is a relaxing spot in between

A complete facelift, excellent staff, and the ability to eat in, in comfortable – if cosy – surroundings all help to make this loo(...)

Pho Viet specialises in pho – a popular street food consisting of a light broth, rice noodles, chicken or beef with vegetables

Ivano De Matteo's The Dinner (I nostri ragazzi), showing twice during the festival: in the Light House Cinema on Sunday 22nd, and in Movies@Dundrum on Monday 23rd

As the Jameson Dublin Film Festival begins its thirteenth season, Rachel Collins picks the best food to follow your film

There is lots to explore with the estate’s farmers, guides and gardeners, and plenty of opportunities to get good and muddy  on the 38-acre  working farm.
Easter treat at a city farm
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  • March 14, 2015, 10:00

The hands-on camps will give kids a chance to explore Airfield’s fields and gardens, learn about all the changes spring brings and(...)

Open for breakfast from 7.45am, its elder sibling, Brother Hubbard's, influence is evident in the menu

This isn’t a spot for a quiet tete-a-tete – but for a group looking for a party atmosphere with some tasty plates and cocktails it(...)

Liven up your St Patrick’s Weekend with the best food and music around the country

The menu is as consistent as the vibe – honest-to-goodness doorstep sandwiches, with old-school fillings

Forage for supper: Bring your mother to a wildfood masterclass at Brook Lodge in Macreddin Village, Co Wicklow

Irish mammies can be hard to spoil – many of them would prefer to look after you. Here are some ideas to ensure your mum doesn’t m(...)

Smithfield Square all a-glow

Order your sandwich on Twitter today and collect it at The Irish Times office this Friday

Photograph: Marian O'Flaherty / @dinglenews

From Dingle to the Aran Islands, Ireland offers a range of amazing alternatives to celebrating New Year's Eve at home

Dance, laugh, love/hate

A night with Toney Clayton-Lea, Stuart Carolan, Cathy Davey and Colm O'Regan

National Symphony Orchestra
  • Music
  • October 15, 2014, 16:09

Soloist, conductor, narrator, singer, composer

Relax and renew
  • People
  • August 28, 2014, 13:57

Retreat in Portugal next month

Everlasting Voices

Readings, song, poetry and dance

Composite photograph of the six Collins brothers who fought in the first World War: Stephen (died), Joseph Christopher (missing, injured), John (died), Michael (died), Paddy (died), William (survived).

The Collins family saw six sons go to war. Four died, a fifth went missing, one returned home

My face or yours

Exhibition of beautiful portraits from around the world by Irish photographer Allen Kiely

New food hall and art space in Rathmines

Magical Kingdom

Win a weekend for two

Danish chef Rene Redzepi, the co-owner of Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark Photograph: EPA/Will Oliver

Redzepi’s Noma returns to the top spot as Noma named best restaurant in the world

Adam Clayton of U2
Shoe-in for mental health
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  • April 25, 2014, 12:05

Wearing odd shoes for a good cause

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Film festival next week.

Feeling the effects of the yawning gap between the pre-Christmas and end-of-January salary cheque? Cheer up! We have some tips to (...)

  Graffiti on the walls of 5 Pointz, Long Island City, Queens. Photographs: Rachel Collins
While you’re in the neighbourhood
  • Travel
  • December 21, 2013, 01:00

You don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy New York City. The neighbourhoods and boroughs have lots to offer off the beaten track

Vines near Banos del Ebro and San Vincente de la Sonsierra

Home to one of the world's most popular reds, the Spanish region of La Rioja is rooted deeply in history, food and of course, its (...)

La Bohème in Waterford makes the most of top-notch Irish produce from local suppliers

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