Irish marine research vessel RV Celtic Explorer has been deployed from Newfoundland to map the seafloor between Canada and Ireland.

Irish marine research vessel RV Celtic Explorer has been deployed from Newfoundland to map the seafloor between Canada and Ireland under a new Europea(...)

Justin Slattery and his crew have two sprints left before they reach the Volvo Ocean Race finish line. Photograph: Epa

By the time you read this, leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race will probably have ended and the six-boat fleet will be alongside in Lisbon. This is the(...)

Lisbon: Park bar, on the roof of a car park. Photograph: Patricia De Melo Moreira
Weekend in . . . Lisbon

Everything old is new again in the Portuguese capital. Throughout the hilly metropolis on the Tagus River, fading structures and spaces are being s(...)

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
The hot list for honeymoons
  • Travel
  • February 14, 2015, 06:00

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(...)