There is a company called Active Gourmet Holidays and they specialise in all sorts of lovely trips with cooking classes.

My son has recently turned 13 and I promised him we would go away for a week or so to celebrate. His interests are cookery, animals and swimming. I(...)

Ashford Castle in winter

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Perez on Benitez: “We are convinced that we have a great squad that will give much happiness to a fanbase that deserves everything. Rafael Benitez is the chosen one to bring success to this squad.”

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An undated picture of General Francisco Franco riding his horse. Towards the end of his regime, Franco had started to open the country up to tourism and international trade, but in many ways Spain’s economy was still lagging behind its European neighbours. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The sun is going down over the Valley of the Fallen, the huge mausoleum north of Madrid where the dictator Francisco Franco is buried and the last vis(...)

Northern Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers have said their show in Paris on Tuesday night will go ahead as advertised

Northern Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers have vowed to play their scheduled gig in Paris on Tuesday night. Several bands have cancelled gigs in F(...)

 The Eiffel Tower is illuminated in the colors of the French flag in tribute for the victims of last Friday’s terror attacks. Photograph: Eteinne Laurent/EPA

About 100 people braved rain and cold in Corkon Monday night to hold a candlelit vigil in support of those who perished in the Paris attacks at the we(...)

Two men pay their repects before laying flowers at a rail cordon close to the Bataclan theatre in the 11th district of Paris on Saturday. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

The abhorrent terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night have shocked the European Union, and left leaders grappling to respond to one of the worst(...)

John Treacy winning silver at the 1984 Olympics. (Photo by Tony Duffy/Getty Images)

One of my favourite childhood memories is of being woken from my sleep on August 13th, 1984, by my father. On the television downstairs, Irish athlete(...)

Andorra’s economy relies greatly on tourism and got a kick-start as a tax-free destination decades ago. Photograph: Getty Images/Fotostock

The last time I skied in Andorra (years ago) it was as cheap as chips – indeed, cheap chips contributed abundantly to the tourist offering. The ski(...)

Victor Grifols at the official opening of the Grifols site at Grange Castle Business Park, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Attention to detail is critical in the world of pharmaceuticals. Little wonder then that Victor Grifols Roura makes a point of wearing a tie featur(...)