First Ireland owns brands like O’Mara’s Irish country cream, Feeney’s Irish cream liqueur and Dubliner Irish whiskey, and sells into 35 markets worldwide.

UK drinks distributor Quintessential Brands is to invest €4 million in its First Ireland subsidiary, which makes a range of Irish cream liqueurs to ri(...)

One of the beautifully restored reception rooms of Ballyfin in Co Laois

If Carson, the butler from Downton Abbey, were to appear on the steps of Ballyfin in Co Laois it would be no great surprise. The demesne’s mile-lon(...)

Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)

TJ Reid is one of four Ballyhale Shamrocks players to return to the Kilkenny side for Sunday’s Division 1A releagtion play-off with Clare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny have wheeled out the big guns for Sunday’s Division One A relegation play-off against Clare. As expected manager Brian Cody has given instant(...)

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 (...)

Mickey Newman slotted eight points for Meath in their draw with Laois. Photograph: Inpho

Meath 0-13 Laois 0-13Meath squandered a seven point second half lead and had to rely on a late Eamon Wallace point to give them the share of the spoil(...)

All Star Peter Crowley comes into the Kerry half-back line for the visit of Donegal. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Division One leaders Mayo take on Dublin tomorrow evening in Castlebar in their first home match under lights this season. The team management shuf(...)

A file image of a man struggling with his umbrella in high winds. Met Eireann has issued two wind warnings for today with residents of counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim advised of gusts of up to 130km/h.

Met Éireann has issued a status orange wind warning for western counties, while a yellow warning has been put in place for most of the rest of the cou(...)

The  Midlands Prison in Portlaoise. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A prison officer has been slashed across the buttock with a makeshift knife at Midlands Prison. Two of his colleagues were hospitalised after a separa(...)

Some of the students who will be telling the stories of Irish soldiers lost during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy 2:29

President Michael D Higgins will meet 36 secondary school students before they travel to the Somme battlefield in June. The students represent each of(...)