Relaxing in Powerscourt Hotel, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow,  winner of the AA Hotel of the Year 2015

Jingle bells will be ringing around the country as more hotels are decking the halls with boughs of holly and opening for Christmas this year. (...)

Niall Murray (in red shirt) and Dr James Crew (to his left) give a press conference last week,  three months after six students died and seven  more were injured in a balcony collapse in Berkeley,  at a press conference at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California.

Another of the seven Irish students injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse in California in June has returned to Ireland. Niall Murray (21), from R(...)

  Indulgent hotels Capture a castle in Mayo Ashford Castle is synonymous with luxury and now that new owners, the Tollman family, ha(...)

Niall Murray and Dr James Crew (to Murray’s left) give a press conference at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California. Murray’s mum in on the back left, beside his brother. Photograph: Talia Herman

Misty-eyed but immensely grateful to be alive, Niall Murray is looking forward to returning to Ireland sometime next week after months of physical reh(...)

Fr Brendan McBride at the Irish Immigration Pastoral Center (IIPC), in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Martin Lacey

Fr Brendan McBride walks around the Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre on Geary Street in Richmond, a neighbourhood in San Francisco that many emigrant(...)

Pope Francis tries on a pair of spectacles at his optician’s shop in Via del Babuino, in central Rome. Photograph: Daniel Soehne/AP 0:44

Tourists and shoppers in Rome’s central Via del Babuino, just off Piazza del Popolo, got a surprise on Friday evening when a man dressed as the pope s(...)

The Beverley sisters Babs, Joy and Teddie. Joy Beverley has died aged 91, after she reportedly suffered a stroke last week. Photograph: PA

Joy Beverley’s family has paid tribute to “the most wonderful woman” after the singer died at the age of 91. Her daughter Vicky said: “She was the mos(...)

Million Bells navy scarf (left) and Criss Cross Fleur in purple, hot pink and black. Both €180 from Ciara Silke

Not all of us can sport insouciant ways with scarves like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly or Kate Moss. But their power to transform an outfit goes withou(...)

The Christmas shop in Brown Thomas  in Dublin in 2011. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – for customers of Brown Thomas. Staff at the store were yesterday decking the halls of their outlets ahe(...)

Activists lie half-naked covered in fake blood during a protest against bullfighting in Vitoria, northern Spain. Photograph: David Aguilar/EPA

A man stands face-to-face with a bull in a town square. Exhausted, the animal appears oblivious to the rifle in the man’s hands, pointing at its head.(...)