Pictured, from left, are JP Connolly, Susan Ryder, Chris Gordon, Dr Lorraine Nancy O Brien, Christine Mc Quillan, Mary Grant, and Irish Times ‘trainee’ celebrant Kate Holmquist. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Druid ceremonies, hand-tying, sand-pouring ceremonies, candle-lighting ceremonies, St Brigid’s Well water in chalices, jumping the broom, story-tel(...)

Georgina Campbell (fifth from left) with some of the  winners gathered for the announcement of the Georgina Campbell Awards 2015  in Dublin this morning. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Award for services to Irish food and hospitality: Bill and Isabelle Kelly, Kelly’s Hotel, Rosslare, Co WexfordHotel of the Year: Beech Hill House Hote(...)

Prof Alan Reilly of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland says businesses are putting their customers’ health at risk by not complying with their legal obligations for food safety and hygiene. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A Blackrock, Co Dublin grocery was one of 12 food businesses served with closure orders by environmental health officers from the Health Service Execu(...)

A man is in hospital in Drogheda following a shooting incident at a house in Slane, Co Meath last night.

A man is in hospital in Drogheda following a shooting incident at a house in Slane, Co Meath last night. A 39-year-old man was shot a number of(...)

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THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

Eddie Downey addresses tonight’s IFA  meeting in the Castleknock Hotel after his election as the association’s next president. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Eddie Downey from Slane, Co Meath has been elected as the next president of the Irish Farmers’ Association. He received 1,079 votes in the election wh(...)

The counting of votes to determine who will be the 14th president of the Irish Farmers Association has begun at the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin.  Photograph: Karen Morgan.

The counting of votes to determine who will be the 14th president of the Irish Farmers Association has begun at the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin. The o(...)

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The counting of votes in the Irish Farmers Association’s presidential election will begin in Castleknock, Dublin, this morning, and a result is expect(...)

Irish whiskey’s renaissance has matured to the point where multinationals and domestic players have committed to spending almost €400 million on build(...)

Luke Morrissey, Jack Morrissey, Matthew McKienney and Dylan Morrissey from Tipperary and Donegal at the National Ploughing Championships, Ratheniska. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was said to be the most successful National Ploughing Championships in history so there was no surprise when it was announced that the event would (...)