Colm Hughes with his U2 hedge in Malahide. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien 4:57

There’s something pleasingly eccentric about topiary. And it is more pleasing still when found in unlikely places. Seeing beautifully carved hedges(...)

Consumer sentiment edged higher in October with consumers buoyed by tax breaks announced in the budget. However, the small lift suggests they remain w(...)

Ministers Michael Noonan  and Brendan Howlin: survey asked how important companies considered Budget 2016 was to the outlook for their businesses. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish business sentiment has hit a nine-year high on the back of a “marked step-up in business activity” over the past three months. The latest KBC B(...)

Melody Teixeira and Jamal Houmane of Casablanca Barbers. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork, which celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, would appear to be the best street in Ireland. It’s certainly the(...)

Republic of Ireland international Ciaran Clark returns to the Aston Villa squad for their home clash against Swansea. Photograph:   Steve Langan/Inpho

SATURDAY (3.0 unless stated) Aston Villa (19) v Swansea (14) - Live Setanta Sports 1 Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has a fully-fit squad f(...)

Brian Foley’s monthly magazine Auto Ireland was launched in 1968.

Brian Foley, photographer, journalist and publisher, was the pre-eminent motoring and motorsport chronicler in Ireland over the past 60 years. His mag(...)

John Terry: Chelsea’s long-serving captain  struggled at Manchester City last weekend and was substituted  at half-time by manager Jose Mourinho. Photograph: Carl Recine/Livepic/Reuters

1 A test of City’s mettle: Manchester City’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea was a statement performance. The message was received loud and clear by José (...)

Halliburton’s revenue from North America slumped 38.5 per cent in the second quarter ended June 30th. Photograph:  James Nielsen/Getty Images

Halliburton, the world’s No 2 oilfield services provider, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as costs cuts helped offset the impact of (...)

Police continue to investigate the death of a teenage boy who was being bullied online. It is believed Ronan Hughes (17) from Co Tyrone, took his own (...)

A drunken John Joe Nevin challenged a garda in a melee outside a pub by asking “do you know who I am?”, a court has heard.When the 25-year-old Olympic(...)