Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates his goal against Atletico Madrid during their Spanish first division soccer match at Vicente Calderon stadium. Photo: Andrea Comas/Reuters

A year after Atletico Madrid went to Barcelona and won the league title, Barcelona went to Atletico Madrid and won it back. As the final whistle went(...)

The cathedral has closed. Welcome to the prayer meeting. Our first offering is a couple of ‘spherified’ olives. They glisten like bullfrog’s throat(...)

Mercedes’s Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton celebrate one-two finish at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Nico Rosberg won the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona to cut his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s lead in the world championship to 20 points. It w(...)

 “We’ve never had so many from Ireland,” says Giovanna Carnevali, director of the Mies van der Rohe architecture award. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

They will be rolling out the black carpet for the Mies van der Rohe awards on Friday in Barcelona in the German architect’s iconic pavilion (made f(...)

Co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U9525 Andreas Lubitz taking part in the Airport Hamburg 10-mile run in September  2009. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images 0:53

The co-pilot who deliberately crashed the Germanwings Airbus in the French Alps had practised his actions on an earlier flight on the same plane that (...)

Cruises with an educational theme offer cultural, cookery and creative courses on board

Cruise for culture In the world of educational travel, what name could be more august than Smithsonian? The US institution founded for the “inc(...)

 Austin Campbell, (left) co-ordinator of Mystreets Drogheda,  pictured with tour guides Oliver Fitzsimons, Martin Reilly, Des Nelson, Luke Kelly, and Cyril Carter, at St Laurence’s Gate, Drogheda, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

H omeless people as tour guides? In a Hitchhikers-Guide-to-the-Galaxy way of looking at the world, it makes sense. Who better to guide one through (...)

Spanish policemen outside the highschool Instituto Joan Foster after an attack which killed a teacher in Barcelona on Monday. Photograph: Toni Garriga/EPA.

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested after a teacher was killed and others injured at a school in Barcelona.Police would not confirm whether the uniden(...)

The Galway Bay Brewery already operates ten pubs selling craft beers alongside other drinks Photograph: PA Wire

Ireland’s first pub dedicated to selling only craft beer will open next week. The Beer Market in High Street near Dublin’s Christchurch is the (...)

It is also hoped the arrival of large cruise ships will attract significant additional footfall in the town from residents; this is estimated at one Irish visitor per passenger. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A planning application for a “next generation” cruise ship berth at Dún Laoghaire harbour will be filed this month in a move expected to bring about 4(...)