“Even on smooth surfaces, a bag of bottles in the metal basket of a rental bike can be an astonishingly noisy thing. Transporting them across cobbles, however, you’re likely to lose weight just from the embarrassment.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Never mind spin classes. For the ultimate, bicycle-based workout, what you need is a Dublin rental bike and a circuit chosen from the city’s extensive(...)

The Royal Mile,  Edinburgh. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

It’s an almost shocking admission, I know, but until last Friday I had never set foot in Scotland, never mind Edinburgh. So in between the weekend’s v(...)

Ireland scored early and often against a Scots defence of less than Calvinist virtue to win by 30. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images 2:52

First a solar eclipse, then the spring equinox. After that, on a weekend of celestial drama, Irish rugby fans witnessed a spectacle most of them had n(...)

“In fairness, the barman heroically refrained from f-words while taking our order.” Photograph:  Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

I paid a first (and probably last) visit to a pub recently that was notable for having both a dumbwaiter and a barman who was anything but dumb, at le(...)

Ireland’s Paul O’Connell celebrates winning the Six Nations.  Photograph: Livepic/Reuters

Ireland were crowned Six Nations rugby champions on the pitch at Murrayfield on Saturday night, after a day of nerve-shredding drama in Edinburgh, Rom(...)

Ireland fans David Lynch, Darren O’Neill, Mark Cullen and Ross McComish, from Belfast, Co Antrim in Edinburgh for the Scotland match. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Irish fans arriving early for the Edinburgh rugby weekend were treated to almost perfect views of the solar eclipse, as light cloud cleared obligingly(...)

At the initiative of Aubrey Herbert, they stopped fighting at Gallipoli long enough to do the decent thing by the dead

After the impromptu Christmas football match of 1914, the next most famous truce of the first World War was during the spring of 1915, in Gallipoli.It(...)

Recalling those turbulent events half a century later, Kelly put himself very close to the action – Nelson’s Pillar, to be exact – and suggested it was only a lack of bravery by his companions that prevented him joining Pearse and Connolly

In fairness to Edward Kelly, he stopped short of pretending to have been in the GPO during Easter Week. But recalling those turbulent events half a ce(...)

St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 1:51

The weather stayed dry and, even more remarkably, so did some of the post-parade events on St Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Despite the risk inherent in th(...)

The effects of the so-called Crumlin-Drimnagh feud were felt far beyond the two Dublin suburbs for which it was named.   Photograph: Frank Miller

Ten years ago this week, I was on a press trip to Tel Aviv. It seemed a very dangerous city at the time. A short-lived ceasefire had just ended with a(...)