At the same time as being  widely  criticised by  animal rights groups and public figures, Fran Rivera  has been praised by  bullfighting aficionados   – some even nominating him “father of the year”

Spanish bullfighter Fran Rivera is being investigated by the child protection agency in his native Andalucia after he posted a picture online of him f(...)

A fireman removes part of a damaged facade of a building in Melilla, Spain after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake. Photograph: Jesus Blasco de Avellaneda/Reuters

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck in the Mediterranean early on Monday, causing some material damage in southern Spain and northern Morocco, although (...)

Todi, Santa Maria della Consolazione - Umbria, Italy

My husband and I plan to attend a family wedding in Todi, Italy, in May. We would like to travel from Ireland by ferry and then by rail through Franc(...)

At a rally in Madrid, Albert Rivera compared himself to Barack Obama, saying: “A lot of people told him he couldn’t govern the US, but in 2008 hope defeated fear.” Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

In a recent opinion piece in El País newspaper in which he presented his vision for the country, Ciudadanos (“Citizens”) leader Albert Rivera expresse(...)

Clay “caganer” (defecator) figures of Albert Rivera, Mariano Rajoy, Pedro Sanchez and Pablo Iglesias at the Santa Llucia market in Barcelona. “Caganers” are believed to bring good luck. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

In the week leading up to the most open and arguably most significant elections their country has had in more than three decades, Spaniards’ attention(...)

Ashford Castle in winter

Make hay in Cork If you’ve been responsible for feeding the troops all over Christmas, it’s time to sit back and let someone else do the cookin(...)

An undated picture of General Francisco Franco riding his horse. Towards the end of his regime, Franco had started to open the country up to tourism and international trade, but in many ways Spain’s economy was still lagging behind its European neighbours. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The sun is going down over the Valley of the Fallen, the huge mausoleum north of Madrid where the dictator Francisco Franco is buried and the last vis(...)

African migrants sit on a border fence above a golf course during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla. Photograph: José Palazon/Reuters

A group of politicians has decried the situation of Syrian refugees who are in or are attempting to reach the Spanish enclave of Melilla in north Afri(...)

Any ideas on a self-catering dog-friendly holiday home that would suit 11 people and one dog in any location from Cork northwards to Galway/Dublin?(...)

Flor Sylvester with her husband, the Irish musician Colm Quearney, and daughter, Kaifina, at the Lysaght Gallery in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Sara Freund

Flor Sylvester: arrived from Spain, 2008 Flor Sylvester only met her grandfather briefly as a young girl before he was shot dead near his home in V(...)