Out of four locations offering motorists free tyre checks, Ballymena turned out to have the best-kept rubber.

It’s something of a repeated apocraph that UK and Northern Ireland cars are better kept and looked after than Irish ones, but recent work done by Mich(...)

Weekend in . . . Athens
  • Travel
  • November 3, 2014, 01:00

After years of dreadful press that defined Athens as a broken-down capital prone to fiery riots, the city’s self-confidence and creativity are stirrin(...)

The Spotted Pig in New York’s West Village. The restaurant  has a strict no-bookings policy and has many celebrity fans such as Sarah Jessica Parker, U2 and Matt Damon

Some rock bands want to drink their dinner; others want to order breakfast at midnight; all want a place where they can hang out until late in mellow (...)

The opening day of the 2013 Web Summit in the RDS.Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It started out as an informal gathering of 450 techies four years ago, but this year’s Web Summit is so big, it has its own mascot – a quirky cartoon (...)

Traders are pictured at their desks in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange yesterday.The  DAX Index climbed 0.3 per cent. Photograph: Reuters

National benchmark indices advanced in nine of the 18 western-European markets yesterday. Germany’s DAX Index climbed 0.3 per cent and France’s CAC 4(...)

It’s a scary moment. If you smile back at the mime clown will you become his next victim? The danger passes when a nearby woman mimes joy at his appro(...)

Michelin’s announcement that none of its 14 new stars are going to Ireland has gone down like a rates bill in the gossip-loving Irish restaurant world. Photograph: Chef Mikael Viljanen (left), Lady Helen in Mount Juliet (top) and Galway restaurant Aniar.

Chefs Mikael Viljanen and Stephen Toman can take some comfort from the fact that they don’t have to congratulate any other newly starred Irish chefs t(...)

Garrett Byrne, head chef and proprietor of Kilkenny’s Campagne restaurant which has retained its star.

The Michelin Guide has awarded no new stars to Irish restaurants with no change to the nine starred restaurants in the 2015 guide. A list released by (...)

Garrett Byrne, head chef and  proprietor of Kilkenny’s Campagne restaurant.

The winners in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2015 are published tomorrow. Kilkenny got two new stars last year with Garrett Byrne’s Ca(...)

This might be a swim that ends up a wet walk. It’s low tide at Lisfannon Beach in Donegal and I’m still knee deep in Lough Swilly even though I’ve wad(...)