Omphalodes ‘Starry Eyes’. Photograph: Paddy Tobin

What is your favourite Irish plant? And no, you’re not allowed to say shamrock … Instead, I’m thinking of the thousands of wonderful garden plants (...)

 Jonathan (Jonny) Byrne of  Tomard, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow  lost his life on February 1st, 2014 at Milford Bridge

A 19-year-old County Carlow man consumed a cocktail of three brands of spirits in a pint glass as part of a Neknominate social media challenge, before(...)

Paul Townend and Hurricane Fly lead Willie Mullins’ string at the trainer’s  base in  Closutton, Co Carlow.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Willie Mullins admits it would be a “dream result” if Hurricane Fly can win the Stan James Champion Hurdle for a third time at the Cheltenham Festival(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins has saluted Hurricane Fly after the 10-year-old pipped rival Jezki in a classy performance in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown

Trainer Willie Mullins led the plaudits for Hurricane Fly after Ruby Walsh guided the 10-year-old to another victory over Jezki and a ninth win in as (...)

Guests at the Sarojin in Khao Lak, Thailand are being offered the chance to engage with more authentic local experiences during their stay

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France’s Roger Bost, with Poker Des Dames, competes in the Serpentine Speed Stakes. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

One of the leading American horses, Blue Angel – by the former Billy Twomey Nations Cup and Grand Prix winning stallion Luidam – showed her class yest(...)

Willie Mullins with the favourite for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, Hurricane Fly.

Willie Mullins has hurt a hip but even that nagging pain and a slight limp cannot stop his heart from soaring on a day like today. This is the (...)

Drinking games are always dangerous. But the latest one, spawned by neknomination and carried on the social networking site Facebook, was particularl(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins (right) expects improvment from Hurricane Fly. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Hurricane Fly, Jezki and Our Conor, the first three home in the Ryanair Hurdle over Christmas, are among just seven entries for the BHP Insurance Iris(...)

 The walled garden of Castle Durrow, County Laois

It’s safe to say that spring – after displaying an altogether shocking tardiness – has finally sprung, Now is the time to get busy sowing, hoei(...)