Minister for Tourism for Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan (right) and Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe unveiling plans for global St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has paid tribute to Ireland’s diplomatic corps “who have played a huge role in the restoration of our in(...)

 ‘Influenced by Zen and eastern spirituality, Thomas Merton defined contemplation as seeking God, coming to know one’s true self, and learning one’s relationship to the world. He regarded contemplation as the highest form of awareness.’  Photograph:  Archive Photos/Getty Images

The Seven Storey Mountain, which recounts Thomas Merton’s spiritual odyssey from disbelief to faith, opens: “On the last day of January 1915, in a yea(...)

Yingluck Shinawatra: during nearly three years in power, there was always a question of how much of a pawn she was of her brother, former prime minister Thaksin. Photograph: Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images.

Yingluck Shinawatra, the ousted prime minister of Thailand who was deposed by a coup in May, said democracy in her country was dead after the milita(...)

Set among the Bluestack Mountains on the edge of Lough Eske, Harvey’s Point has been named Ireland’s number one top hotel in this year’s TripAdvisor awards

Harvey’s Point in Donegal has been named Ireland’s number one top hotel in this year’s TripAdvisor awards. Set among the Bluestack Mountains on the ed(...)

Take a course wiht Raymond Blanc at Michelin-starred Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxford
Ten trips for food-lovers

Walnut Grove, Loire Valley Walnut Grove is a luxurious gîte in the heart of the Loire valley that offers five-day courses that include everythin(...)

Ten great golfing breaks

Costa del Sol  With about 300 days of sunshine a year, the Costa del Sol’s enduring popularity amongst golfers is a combination of cl(...)

Police show pictures of body parts found in parcels. A baby’s head and foot, a heart and a tattooed ‘sheet of skin’  were found on Saturday after staff at a shipping office in Bangkok scanned the packages. Photograph: Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters

Thai police said today two Americans suspected of trying to send infant and adult body parts in parcels to the United States had fled the country.A ba(...)

Thai police said last week that Win Zaw Htun (left) and Zaw Lin  had confessed to murdering British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on a beach on the island of Koh Tao on September 15th. Photograph: EPA/STR

Two Burmese men accused of murdering two British backpackers in Thailand have alleged that they were beaten by police in order to extract confessions.(...)

‘Grimy and seedy, but an event all the same’: Bourbon Street, in downtown New Orleans
New Orleans on a plate
  • Travel
  • October 4, 2014, 01:00

When three childhood friends suggest we all meet up in the US, somehow the conversation turns to food, and so we end up on a road trip to New Orleans.(...)

Rescue workers close bags with bodies of two foreign tourist found dead on a beach on Koh Tao island yesterday. Photograph: Reuters 0:42

Police in Thailand said they are focusing on migrant workers in the hunt for the killer responsible for the murder of a British man and woman found de(...)