Trainer Dermot Weld and True Solitaire during day one of the Galway Festival at Galway Racecourse. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA Wire

Stay De Night may be the most inexperienced runner in Galway’s €120,000 Topaz Mile but he can successfully continue a long racing tradition for the (...)

Meet the Tomtato: You say tomato, I say potato . . . but now meet the “tomtato”. Gardeners have taken to this strange plant in a big way. Its ‘(...)

Liana Kristina Barrientos will be arraigned on felony fraud charges in the Bronx. The fraud, Bronx prosecutors say, is that in 2010, for her most recent union, she wrote on her marriage license that she had never been married before. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The year 2002 was very busy for a young woman named Liana Kristina Barrientos. For one thing, she was married on Long Island, on Valentine’s Day. For (...)

Each Saturday on irishtimes.com/weddings we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)

A smartphone shows the two apps, Kuaidi Dache -- part-owned by Alibaba -- and Didi Dache -- backed by Tencent -- which together control 99 percent of China’s domestic market for booking taxis by smartphone. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

China’s streets are getting meaner for taxi drivers, as the traditional cabbie tries to deal with the new world of taxi-hailing apps while coping with(...)

Salmon enchanted evening: Noel Clancy celebrated Valentine’s Day with a great springer of 13lb 8oz from Lough Currane

Inland Fisheries Ireland (Ifi) is preparing a National Angling Development Plan (Nadp) which it hopes will provide criteria, support and proposals to(...)

Archbishop Charles Brown runs into the prayer vigil  against the “display on the website of the Vatican-based Pontifical Council for Culture

Oh dear. On Valentine’s Day too. And as the film Fifty Shades of Grey, with its themes of domination, humiliation and bondage, took over the media. Wi(...)

Labour TD Michael McNamara is set to marry the grand-daughter of former president Patrick Hillery. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Labour TD is set to marry the grand-daughter of former president Patrick Hillery. The engagement of Clare backbencher Michael McNamara and fellow ba(...)

Forget the piles of Valentine’s cards you received this morning. Instead consider showing your love for our capital city with this very postable il(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

We’re having risotto for dinner. Risotto from the Italian word risot, which means to sell baby food to adults for €2 per spoonful. We’ll know that the(...)