At the launch of the  Galway Arts Festival festival programme  are (from left):  Amy Conroy, Caoimhe Regan, artistic director Paul Fahy and Sonya Kelly. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Sculpture from Australia, new plays by Frank McGuinness and Amy Conroy, gigs by Kodaline and The Coronas, talks, trad and street theatre. The 2015 Gal(...)

Kerry Airport. It recorded a profit after tax of almost €19,000 in 2014, up from  €4,100 in 2013

Passenger numbers at Kerry Airport fell slightly in 2014, according to the regional airport’s results announced yesterday.More than 295,000 people us(...)

Bangkok: Some six million Chinese are expected to visit Thailand this year, compared with 4.6 million last year. Photograph: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Last week, Asia Briefing reported how the billionaire boss of Chinese conglomerate Tiens had brought 6,400 employees to the south of France on holiday(...)

Philip Lynch: ‘Many Australians are being forced to do a double-take and to question their age-old stereotypes of the Irish.’ Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The news that Ireland has voted for same-sex marriage is being greeted with barely concealed awe and astonishment here in Australia. Perhaps this r(...)

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott said questions of marriage were the preserve of the federal government but it was for the supporters of same-sex marriage to bring the matter before parliament. Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has all but ruled out a referendum on same-sex marriage because referendums are only required for a proposal to (...)

It’s not easy being a Yes Rossie in these post-referendum days, where but to think is to be full of sorrow and to be in a place where primrose and blu(...)

Singer Mans Zelmerloew representing Sweden poses with the trophy after winning the final of the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters.

Sweden won the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw. The Swedish song won with 365 points, giving it a comfortable m(...)

Director of elections Simon Coveney: “People recognised that Ireland needed to change.” Photograph: EPA

Saturday’s strong Yes vote is a statement that “it’s okay to be gay” in modern day Ireland, according to Minister for Agriculture and Fine Gael direct(...)

‘Jeremy Clarkson did not look like a repentant man when he roared into Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on Friday night. He arrived on a souped-up hovercraft, to a burst of pink fireworks, one hand held high to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd.’

Jeremy Clarkson did not look like a repentant man when he roared into Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on Friday night. He arrived on a souped-up hovercraft, t(...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang: several parts of the country were practically on lockdown while he was ferried about Galway and Mayo

Irish officialdom went into overdrive last weekend for the visit of Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Several parts of the country were practically on lockd(...)