Dan Martin: “I had a frustrating spring with crashes and I’m really motivated to do something in this Tour.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anyone who follows professional cycling in general, and the Tour de France in particular, knows that this sport is a very unpredictable one. The open(...)

After the race’s first rest day on July 13th, the battle continues with three mountain stages, each ending with uphill finishes.  Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

It’s being billed as the most open race since Stephen Roche’s 1987 Tour de France win, with four very evenly-matched leaders going head-to-head ove(...)

Police officers ride through the centre of Utrecht on Thursday. The police workers’ union has announced it  will stage actions during the grand départ of the Tour de France in Utrecht on July 4th. Photograph: Jeroen Jumelet/EPA

Dutch police have threatened to bring the second day of the Tour de France grinding to a halt on the iconic Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam next Sunday(...)

The Netherlands’ king Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima sample regional cuisine during King’s Day (Koningsdag), the celebration of the birthday of the king, in Dordrecht on April 27th, 2015. Photograph: Phil Nijhuis/AFP/Getty Images 2:49

The prestigious Order of Orange-Nassau has been awarded in the birthday honours list of the king of the Netherlands to a spoof nominee from a televisi(...)

Today is a good day to look ahead to some positive developments in the field of medicine for 2015.It’s not that long ago that MRSA and other healthcar(...)

Climate conditions in Sweden “are appropriate for the products we sell: waterproof and breathable boots”.

Look closer at the well-heeled Stockholm crowd and you might notice something familiar: the Galway Boot from Irish company Dubarry. The Ballina(...)

Philomena Lee: her search for her adopted son prompted the film. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The woman who inspired the Oscar-nominated film Philomena is among the speakers who will address a conference on adoption at University College Cork (...)

Annie Sloan with her husband David Manuel, who runs the business with her; son Felix Sloan, a graphic designer and creative director of the company; Lizzy Brown, Felix’s partner, who is the company’s marketing manager, and Anne Sloan’s first grandchild, Willow. Photographs: Fresh Style Hoffman and Stephen Devries

Annie Sloan is considered the queen of paint. Her chalk paint brand was established 24 years ago, but it took the banking crisis of 2010 for it to bec(...)

Dubliner Patrick Orr, now studying at University College Utrecht

Increasing numbers of Irish students and their parents are looking beyond Ireland for higher-level education: not just the traditional hop across the (...)

Weed supply at the “Easy Going” coffeeshop in Maastricht. A decision to move cafes selling cannabis out of the centre of the Dutch city to an industrial estate near the Belgian border was given the go-ahead by the Supreme Court in The Hague on Wednesday. Photograph: Mischa Rapmund/Reuters

A decision to move cafes selling cannabis out of the centre of the Dutch city of Maastricht to an industrial estate near the Belgian border has provo(...)