Marty Walsh has dual US and Irish citizenship and grew up in a household in Boston where Irish was spoken. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/The New York Times 2:26

A beaming Marty Walsh declared “Tá mé go maith” at Shannon airport this morning as he was given a rapturous welcome on his first visit to Ireland as m(...)

Boston major Marty Walsh during his election campaign last year. photograph: jim davis/boston globe via getty images

Marty Walsh, the new mayor of Boston whose aircraft was due to touch down in Shannon at about 6am this morning, is most welcome in the country of his (...)

Tourism Ireland has teamed up with Phil Spencer, co-presenter of the hit Channel 4 TV series Location Location Location, and Classic FM, one of Britain’s largest radio stations, in a novel promotion to showcase Ireland as the ideal “location” to British holidaymakers this autumn.

Could the sight of television presenter Phil Spencer wandering around Dublin last month be more evidence that the property market has gone bananas aga(...)

Seagulls fighting over scraps.  Kerry senator  Ned O’Sullivan said: “I have received hundreds of messages and calls. Without a word of a lie over 90 per cent were supportive and positive.”  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

In an extreme case of life imitating art, a Fianna Fáil Senator has portrayed the scourge of swooping seagulls in Dublin in terms that mirror the plot(...)

My husband’s grandfather was killed at Gallipoli and his name is inscribed on the Helles Memorial there. We would love to visit this monument next Jun(...)

Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba , speaks at SoftBank World 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Alibaba plans to close its IPO order book early after it received enough orders to sell all the shares in the record-breaking offering. The Chinese e-(...)

In brand we trust: Bono  gestures to the Apple faithful at the recent product launch in  Cupertino, California. Photo: REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Are you with the band or the brand? The lines between the two continue to blur with every passing week. Be it U2 and Apple making out like spam-hap(...)

The launch of the Penneys autumn collection in Dublin yesterday shows a coat (€30), top (€14), skirt (€12), necklace (€5) and shoes (€15). Photograph: Eric Luke

Penneys previewed its autumn-winter fashions on the rooftop terrace of the Spencer Hotel yesterday (formerly the Clarion) in Dublin. Styled by Niamh (...)

Former  president Mary McAleese: “The church is not terribly happy with criticism”

Speaking in Sydney yesterday, former president Mary McAleese argued for a greatly increased role for women in the Catholic Church, saying: “The old bo(...)

Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh in The Irish Times office for podcast and interview. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:32

There’s no rest for the Rose of Tralee. “I think I’m still on the Ferris wheel,” Maria Walsh (27), the 56th Rose of Tralee says. Her first media engag(...)