Despite the potential savings, just 37 per cent of consumers had checked to see if there was a better deal available for their home insurance over the last 12 months.

Canny consumers who shop around for house insurance can make annual savings of over €400 according to a survey published by the National Consumer Agen(...)

Ssssssh: the atmosphere keeps kids quiet and the books keep them entertained. Above: the National Library. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien 2:05

Free time is rarely free, and this is never more true than when you are trying to keep children entertained during the long days of summer. A trip (...)

In the summer of 1955, Jackie Kennedy and her husband visited Ireland and went to the races at the Curragh. She later recalled the drive down from (...)

‘Every day I see another hateful message, another obnoxious thing spouted by another ignorant politician/person who thinks that their words are more worth listening to than the cries of those dying in Syria.’ Above, civil defence members try to put out a fire after what activists claim was a car explosion in a market in central Douma, in Syria last weekend. Photograph: Mohammed Abdullah/ Reuters

Sometimes I read the news and sit immobile, grappling with the incongruence of my world to the world I’m reading about. But the world I read about is (...)

The thoroughbred county: Horses being schooled after racing at The Curragh, Newbridge. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

The shortage of family housing in Dublin is spilling over into Kildare, most notably in areas closest to the capital. “The residential market i(...)

The Wonderful Barn was built in 1743 as a Famine relief project by Katherine Conolly, the widow of William “speaker” Conolly, of Castletown House. Photographs: Eric Luke

Why is it of interest? It is deemed to be one of the finest follies in Ireland. The Wonderful Barn was built in 1743 as a Famine relief project(...)

Mary Grant: “We have lived to tell the tale and both the business and I are much stronger for the experience.”

Running a clothing business in Ireland has never been easy. The sector was decimated during the 1980s and early 1990s by low-cost competition and thos(...)

Leo Cullen’s calmness under pressure meant he usually made the right calls in a game, especially at the lineout. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter Smyth, a team-mate of Leo Cullen’s from their under-10 days at Willow Park through their years together on the Blackrock Dream Team and then Lei(...)

Suttonians’ Brian Amerlynck in action against Instonians during the AIL Div 2B match last Saturday.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“Happy as a faggot in a submarine.” Andre Agassi has made quite the transition from oaf to Zen-like statesman and ace biographer. Still,(...)

Cannabis among drugs found in two separate searches in Co Kildare yesterday

Three men have been arrested after separate drug seizures in Co Kildare and Co Galway. During a search of a house at Bishopsland in Kilda(...)