Tinkoff-Saxo’s Nicolas Roche leads the team at the start of their time trial in Stage One of the Giro d’Italia in Belfast. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/William Cherry

Belfast had partied in pink for hours before the Grande Partenza or Big Start of the 2014 Giro d’Italia. But the celebrations unexpectedly turned into(...)

Cliffs of Moher: “Quaint villages and world-class sites such as the Cliffs of Moher and the Giant’s Causeway are recognised by about two-thirds of respondents and have the greatest appeal among this target audience.”

Part of the backdrop to Leo Varadkar’s visit to China was an online survey by Tourism Ireland of 1,000 Chinese adults in the top four cities – Shangha(...)

A model of a pink fisherman and bicycle sit  on a rock in the Irish Sea off the village of Waterfoot, Co Antrim ahead of the Giro d’Italia next week.   Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Northern political parties fighting the local government and EU elections later this month will be fined £2,500 (€3,035) if their posters are h(...)

The peloton rides during stage one of the Giro d’Italia in Naples, Italy, last year. Photograph: Getty

Giro d’Italia officials have arrived in Belfast to organise one of the world’s greatest sporting events. The PSNI has also outlined Nort(...)

Cyclists Stephen Roche and Sean Kelly, at announcement in Dublin last year. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An extra 40,000 visitors are expected to watch the Giro d’Italia when it starts in Ireland in May, Tourism Ireland has said. The world’s(...)

Winning racehorse trainer  Aidan O’Brien speaks to jockey Tony McCoy and owner JP McManus after claiming an opening race of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival with   Plinth. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The racehorse training and bloodstock firm, operated by Aidan O’Brien, last year enjoyed a bumper year recording a profit of €1.269 million.O’Brien’s (...)

Two practices on the shortlist of six for the RIBA Stirling Prize announced today are based in Ireland, and another, in London, has an Irish principal(...)

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We are going on a two-week honeymoon in Portugal at the end of July. We chose Portugal for its Atlantic coast and great seafood. We like sun and sea a(...)

Unesco has called for a halt to the development of a controversial £100 million golf resort on Northern Ireland’s north coast, it was revealed (...)

Bobby Buckley was a well-known Kerry footballer in the 1950s who made a major impact in education, sport and cultural circles in Kerry, Cork an(...)