Mary Johnson: ‘If you’re lucky enough to find close friendship away from home, you genuinely don’t know how long it’s going to last.’

Irish expats love to flock together. Whether it’s Paddy’s Day celebrations, Six Nations matches or (more often than not) every Saturday night, we lik(...)

Steve McQueen: Starred in the film a hotel is named after

Avios may have the key to your redemption Avios, the travel reward programme, is coming to Ireland with the appointment of Eileen McGuinness as head o(...)

My latest fascination has been Camellia sasanqua cultivars. The flowers appear in autumn, the plants are much more elegant in habit than their spring-flowering counterparts, Camellia japonica, and have sweet scented flowers.

Unlike some gardeners I know, I’m not a plant collector. Nor do I ever expect to be, for I lack the single mindedness and the ever-so-slightly obsess(...)

The recently-discovered “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” is presented at the Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. Photograph: EPA/Piroschka van de Wouw

A priceless painting by the 16th century Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch – best known for his nightmarish depictions of hell – has been discovered in st(...)

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans says most of those fleeing to Europe are economic migrants. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

More than half of those fleeing to Europe from the Middle East and Africa are economic migrants and not asylum seekers fleeing the horrors of war in I(...)

Syrian refugees rest next to a highway as a group of more than 100 Syrian refugees who crossed the Greek-Turkish borders the previous night is stopped by Greek police near the village of Thourio at the regional unit of Evros in northeastern Greece. Photograph: Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters

Greece has hit back at European proposals for tightened security on its northern border with Macedonia, describing the latest plans to staunch the flo(...)

Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan, who has said two sexual assaults in the city in the past six months ‘appear’ to have involved asylum seekers. Photograph:  ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

In a telling illustration of how European sensitivities have changed since the New Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne, the mayor of Amsterdam felt obliged (...)

Five airline chief executives, Michael O’Leary (above) of Ryanair, Willie Walsh of IAG, Alexandre de Juniac of Air France-KLM, Carolyn McCall of Easyjet and Carsten Spohr of Lufthansa, jointly launched the new group. Photograph: Bloomberg

Airline chiefs such as Michael O’Leary and Willie Walsh are putting aside their rivalries to campaign for cuts in airport and air traffic control cha(...)

Alain Buffing: “I made a list of 20 cities where I wanted to live or work. I found out Dublin was a technology hub.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Alain Buffing: arrived from the Netherlands, 2014 Alain Buffing’s goal is to visit every one of the 196 countries in the world before his 30th bir(...)

The City Reptrak index for 2015 saw Dublin rise five places from last year, with a score of 72.68 out of 100. Photograph: David Sleator

Dublin has risen five places to 22nd in a list of cities that have the best and worst reputations. According to the City Reptrak index for 2015, Sy(...)