Colm Hughes with his U2 hedge in Malahide. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There’s something pleasingly eccentric about topiary. And it is more pleasing still when found in unlikely places. Seeing beautifully carved hedges(...)

Air Force Blue ridden by Ryan Moore (right) wins the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Daniel Hambury/PA

Air Force Blue’s superb Dewhurst Stakes success on Saturday was a 13th Group 1 success in 2015 for Aidan O’Brien and the champion trainer’s reach is (...)

Emily Arthurs and Ross Clark met  in 2012 at a mutual friend’s 30th birthday party on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Photographs: John Burke

Each Saturday on we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)

Looking across a bridge towards the rocky ridge of the Cuillin mountains from Sligachan, the Isle of Skye. Photograph: Paul Tomkins/Visit Scotland
On a high in the Isle of Skye

Island envy is a likely side effect of visiting the Isle of Skye, the largest and most northerly of the Inner Hebrides. Our own islands of Aran, To(...)

 Vincent Cheminaud riding New Bay to win the French Derby (Prix Du Jockey Club) at Chantilly with Joseph O’Brien on Highland Reel coming home second. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien’s Highland Reel made up for a poor run in the French 2000 Guineas to take second spot to New Bay in the French Derby at Chantilly. New B(...)

Malahide, Co Dublin: O’Farrell Cleere

O’Farrell Cleere is seeking €850,000 for this four-bedroom house on Ashleigh Lawns, Malahide, Co Dublin. We find others in the US, France, Span and St(...)

The DSPCA says the 116 puppies seized in raid on Dublin Port on Wednesday are generally in good health, but cannot be adopted yet as they may be used as evidence. Photograph: DSPCA

The 116 puppies seized by gardaí at Dublin Port cannot be put up for adoption yet because they could be used as evidence in a criminal trial, the Dubl(...)

Undated Lidl handout photo of a leather sporran. Photograph: PA Wire

What sells quicker than hot cakes? How about tartan kilts, leather sporrans, ghillie shirts and bagpipes! Lidl stores in the UK have almost completely(...)

Ireland, Navan: €500,000 Sherry FitzGerald

Sherry FitzGerald Lannon is seeking €500,000 for a five-bedroom bungalow with land in Brownstown, Navan. We find similarly-priced properties around th(...)

 Australia will run at Leopardstown on Saturday week.  Photograph:  Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

Australia has been confirmed as a definite starter in the €1 million QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday week.The presence of Aida(...)