Kerry has topped the poll as Irish people’s favourite destination for a holiday in a new survey. Making the most of the beautiful weather at O’Carrolls Cove, near Waterville Co Kerry at the start of July. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Kerry has topped the poll as Irish people’s favourite county for a holiday in a new survey. At 26 per cent of the vote ‘The Kingdom’ beat Galway, whic(...)

Fishmonger Stefan Griesbach with the Golden Red Fish in Galway. It was served to visitors to the Galway arts festival. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A long-living fish which prefers the chillier waters of northern latitudes has been caught by an Irish fishing vessel on the Porcupine Bank.The golde(...)

 Pique Sous rider in the Galway Hurdle Paul Townend:  
“I’m looking forward to the ride. He seems to be in very good form.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s six years since Paul Townend burst on the scene when winning the Guinness Galway Hurdle on Indian Pace and the former champion jockey will be loo(...)

The Minister and the language

A chara, – Aidan Doyle, in his rather downbeat article “Irish language is not a part of us – it must be learned” (July 19th), is quite wrong in implyi(...)

 Ryan Moore guiding Pique Sous to victory in the e Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Bookmakers are already running for cover ahead of next week’s festival at Ballybrit with Willie Mullins’s Pique Sous on target to try and secure the (...)

Boston mayor Marty Walsh plans to visit Ireland this autumn. Photograph: New york Times

Boston’s Irish-American mayor Marty Walsh has announced plans for a 10-day visit to Ireland in the autumn. Mr Walsh, whose parents hail from south Con(...)

(Tweetto Jackie Tyrrell from Colum Mackey @cMack1987): @Jackllock any chance of RT for my sister, ended up with this tattoo after a night in Tijuana #dedication #kingjackie

Quote of the weekend goes, hands down (so to speak), to Tyrone player-turned-pundit Owen Mulligan. Near the end of the discussion on The Sunday(...)

The Gathering was a good example of innovative thinking that harnessed, at relatively low cost, a latent pool of energy and goodwill in Irish communities. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

In the 1960s Ireland was a recognised ground-breaker in tourism development, creating renowned innovations from duty-free shopping to medieval banquet(...)

The Westin is the third hotel in Dublin to be acquired by John Malone and his Irish partners Lalco, operated by John Lally and Paul Higgins. The others are the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse Street and Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

John Malone, the billionaire behind UPC-owner Liberty Global, has bought the five-star Westin Hotel in Dublin for €65 million. The acquisition is exp(...)

 Margaretta D’Arcy upon her release from  Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, earlier this year.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Elderly artist and anti-war activist Margaretta D’Arcy described conditions of her incarceration as “inhumane” upon her release from Limerick prison t(...)