Emporium Kalu, one of the town’s best boutiques, is housed in a former pub
Shoptalk: Naas

In Naas, the thoroughbred county’s key shopping town there’s an air of expectation about next month’s Aintree and Punchestown festivals, the finale(...)

Repair work is carried out on the stern of Galway hooker Naomh Bairbre which sailed from Chicago across the Atlantic in 2006. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy 2:42

When a Connemara-born construction worker began building his life’s dream in an abandoned spice factory down by the Chicago river, friends back hom(...)

 Once in a lifetime:  the new Six Senses retreat in Doura, Portugal
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Action in the Azores Think of them as being like the Aran Islands, but with pineapples. For a clean, green escape with mountains to hike and vol(...)

Professional surfer Andrew Cotton rides a large wave at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo. Photograph: Finn Mullen

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow! You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout . . . While coastal and island communities were seeking respite (...)

Vivid red Northern Lights shine above Pioneer Peak in Palmer, Alaska. Photograph: AP Photo

My wife and two children would like to travel to Denmark for a week next summer taking in Copenhagen, Legoland and Lalandia. Both accommodation and(...)

Time to dig out the woolies? Temperatures are set to fall to around freezing over the weekend, Met Eireann has said. Photograph: Bogdan Cristel/Reuters

This glorious Indian summer we are having will turn to an early winter within the next week, according to Met Éireann. Just as one of the best Septemb(...)

Marine ecologist Nick Pfeiffer swims with and photographs an endangered blue shark off the Aran Island of Inis Oírr. Photograph: Nick Pfeiffer

Blue sharks are one of the most abundant large predators on the planet, but they’ve also been fished to extinction and attracted far too many negat(...)

  Paschal Donohoe:   The enthusiastic exponent of Europe sought to ensure he had the Opposition’s attention. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

And now for something completely different . . . This is a whistleblower, GSOC, confidential recipient, Minister for Justice and Garda Commissi(...)

A scene of devastation after the largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history, in Fukushima prefecture in March 2011. Photograph: AP Photo/Kyodo News

On the afternoon of March 11th, 2011, Japan lurched eastward as the Pacific crust plates jolted beneath it. The sea floor shifted forward 60m in place(...)

High tide at Clontarf, Dublin, last  Friday. “The impact of sea-level rise will be most apparent in the major cities of Cork, Limerick, Dublin and Galway.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Storms at sea are nothing new, but to be battered by them repeatedly over a short period of time as Ireland and Britain have been in recent days is re(...)