Irish cyclist Daniel Martin of Etixx-QuickStep team celebrates winning the third stage of the 96th Volta a Catalunya cycling race between Gerona and La Molina, Catalonia, Spain inMarch. Photograph: EPA/Quique Garcia

If there were any lingering doubts that Ireland’s Dan Martin could take on and beat the world’s best riders, they were dispelled last month. The locat(...)

The restaurant on the VSOE which demonstrate the elegance and style visible throughout the train.

I ate lobster three times in 24 hours. It all began when I stepped back in time to the 1920s and entered a world of Art Deco luxury, fiction and quit(...)

Bergamo is an interesting town with medieval walls, Roman ruins and busy piazzas, ancient alleys and buildings

We are planning to spend two weeks in Bergamo, northern Italy this summer. Could you recommend any day trips we could do from there into the surrou(...)

The shrine of the Magi in Cologne catherdral: squint through the mesh opening and you can see the outline of three skulls  with crowns

There’s something otherworldly about the gothic colossus that is Cologne cathedral. Crossing a bridge over the river Rhine on a cold winter evening, m(...)

Ireland’s Dan Martin after his excellent showing to win the Tour of Lombardy in Bergamo, Italy, on Sunday, October 5th, 2014. Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP

Following his superb win in last Sunday’s Il Lombardia Classic, Dan Martin will today begin his campaign to win the Tour of Beijing. Martin was the ru(...)

Ireland’s Dan Martin of the Garmin team celebrates as he crosses the finnish line to win the 108th edition of the Giro di Lombardia (Tour of Lombardy). Photograph:  LukBenies/AFP/Getty Images)

Dan Martin turned around a frustrating season yesterday when he unleashed a superbly timed attack close to the line and snatched victory in the Il Lom(...)

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi attends a news conference in Rome in this November 25th  2013 file photo. An Italian court ruled that Berlusconi should serve a one-year sentence for tax fraud doing community service. Phoitograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Files/Reuters

An Italian court tody ordered former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service and set travel r(...)

At the the Italian Institute of Culture yesterday for the presentation of Expo Milano 2015 were  (from left) Fabrizio Sala, under secretary for Expo 2015, business internalisation; Gianni Fava, regional minister of agriculture, Lombardy; and the Italian ambassador to Ireland Giovanni Adorni Braccesi. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The regional minister for agriculture in Italy’s Lombardy region, Gianni Fava, has urged Ireland to support his region’s campaign to combat food fr(...)

Trainer Jim Culloty (left) and jockey Davy Rusell (right) with Lord Windermere during the homecoming parade at Mount Corbitt Stables, Churchtown, County Cork. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA Wire

Jim Culloty already has one eye on Lord Windermere’s Cheltenham Gold Cup defence next March after revealing his stable star will not run again (...)

 Dan Martin (left) and Nicolas Roche are hoping to have a change of fortune in this weekend’s Il Lombardia Classic.

Irish professionals Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche suffered disappointment last Sunday when they crashed out of the World Road Race Championships but bo(...)