Alberto Contador of the Tinkoff-Saxo team in action during yesterday’s 10th stage of the Vuelta a España, where he finished fourth and took over the red jersey.

The Vuelta a España restarted with an individual time trial after Monday’s rest day, getting everything going again with what is one of the toughest t(...)

Ireland’s  Nicolas Roche is back in action in Northern Spain tomorrow.

Although he finished the three-week Tour de France last Sunday, Nicolas Roche is already back in action again tomorrow when he lines out in the Clasi(...)

Danish chef Rene Redzepi, the co-owner of Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark Photograph: EPA/Will Oliver

The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards were announced last night in London. Here is the full list of this year’s winners. You can read Catherine(...)

Young dancers perform at a fiesta in Hernani in the Basque Country. Photograph: Paddy Woodworth
A lost language twin

Debate surrounding the Irish language has recently been bubbling up again on this page. It is heartening, however, to remember that we are not (...)

RTÉ’s John Murray at the launch of the Spanish charity cycle challenge. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

It may not be quite as demanding as running with the bulls, but this summer’s Irish Hospice Foundation cycle challenge – from San Sebastian to (...)

Chania, Crete, Greek Islands   Creative image #:  dv685148

Would you have any suggestions for three 60-year-old women who want to go to Greece for about 10 days in May or September? We are very active and live(...)

 Amphawa floating market in Thailand. Photograph: Getty
10 food holidays

Basque in the luxury Food heaven in Spain is in the Basque country, around San Sebastian. The city has the highest concentration of Michelin star(...)

Rathgar. For dinner. It’s not a prospect to set my heart racing. The well-heeled Dublin village is preserved in the aspic of the Jimmy O’Dea song T(...)

New Republic of Ireland manager Marting O’Neill and Roy Keane (right) in San Sebastian, Spain, on Tuesday. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane will be a bad cop, bad cop partnership for the Republic of Ireland, according to the new manager. The Derryman was(...)

A man walks past graffiti sprayed on a bank window in Bilbao’s Gran Via during a general strike called by Basque nationalist unions ELA and LAB. The graffiti reads: “Burn capitalism”. Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

We were having a very good lunch, if a simple one by the standards of this city of world-class gastronomy: scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms harveste(...)