An elevated view over Biertan at sunrise

We bit the bullet and booked flights to Bucharest, Romania, for 16 days in July. We have three kids, aged 13, 11 and nine, who love walking, cycling,(...)

Senegalese man Ngame  holds a photocopy of a winning lottery ticket from the Spanish Christmas’ lottery draw on December 22nd, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

An African migrant who was rescued at sea from an overcrowded wooden boat was among the top prize winners of Spain’s Christmas lottery, according to t(...)

Playa de Las Teresitas

We will have the first week of May 2016 off and would like to get some sun, beach and heat with our three kids. Kerry, Cork or Shannon would be prefe(...)

The Norman arrival in Ireland in 1169 was just one end-point of their extraordinary expansion out of Flanders and northern France between the 11th and(...)

The Irish are more resilient to perceived threats, with many of us returning to Egypt over and over again despite many terrorist attacks

As we come to terms with how the world has changed in the past year it’s time to think where is still safe to go for winter sun holidays? The shift(...)

Any ideas on a self-catering dog-friendly holiday home that would suit 11 people and one dog in any location from Cork northwards to Galway/Dublin?(...)

Morocco is a good destination for winter sun

My husband and I are planning a 10-day holiday from mid-October. We would like to go somewhere that doesn’t involve a long-haul flight but which ha(...)

Nasa/JPL-Caltech handout shows an artist’s conception of one possible appearance of the nearest rocky exoplanet found to date outside our solar system. Image: AFP/Getty Images

Astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside the solar system. Using Nasa’s Spitzer Space Telescope astronomers were a(...)

A photograph provided by Spanish Guardia Civil shows an X-ray image showing an 8-year-old sub-Saharan boy hidden in a suitcase.  Photograph: Guardia Civil/AFP/Getty Images

Spanish police found an eight-year-old Ivorian boy hidden in a suitcase that was smuggled across the border into Spanish territory in north Africa, an(...)

Mary Berry in Dublin recently. “I know the subject of baking and I’ve just got to be fair, encourage them [the Bake Off contestants] and try to say something nice even when it’s pretty awful”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Mary Berry is very polite and very proper. “Oh, I’d never put my elbows on the table,” she says, when the Irish Times photographer asks her to lean(...)