16/10/2015 Sculptor Ronan Halpin, Kathy Sheridan, The US Ambassador to Ireland Mr. Kevin O'Malley and Minister of State fro Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD at the sculpture which was unveiled to mark The Irish Times choosing Westport as the best place to live in Ireland. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus

Efforts are being made behind the scenes to ensure the historic Westport House in Co Mayo will not fall into private ownership, according to Minister (...)

Conor Newman: “Community organisations need a lifeline of support to achieve the transformation that is within their power”

Volunteers are keeping our rural towns and villages alive, according to Conor Newman, chairman of the Heritage Council. “In the slow or nonexistent re(...)

Data flow: High-speed broadband is the new necessity for modern living and working. It lets people live where they choose, work from home, run web businesses or use apps to farm more efficiently

Rural Ireland was last in the queue to get electricity in the 20th century. The government’s Rural Electrification Scheme started after the second Wor(...)

Eddie O’Malley and his son Jack: ‘We decided to have Jack and me as the people behind the brand so that people would know us and by extension know our products,’ says O’Malley.

Eddie O’Malley is the fourth generation of his family to farm in the hills close to Westport in Co Mayo, but the first to set up a business selling pr(...)

Broadcaster and Mayo native Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin   will present a two-hour celebration of all things Mayo on TV on Saturday. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Move over May Day, Mayo Day is set to take centre-stage this bank holiday weekend with even Niagra Falls turning red and green. The international init(...)

The Greenway, which runs from Westport to Achill. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

It has been at least four years since I have gone anywhere near a bicycle. As a student, I had a weekend job in a bookshop at home in Limerick, and(...)

The priority of a soon-to-be-launched farming group is protecting farm incomes and the viability of the family farm, according to organisers. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A new national farm organisation will be launched in February and will focus on keeping family farms viable, spokesman for the organisers Colm O’Donne(...)

Some of the entrepreneurs, investors and techies at the Surf Summit in Westport, Co Mayo at the weekend. The event was a spinoff of the Web Summit. Photograph: Candy Behunin @digital_sweet

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was the star of the show for more than 200 investors, start-ups and entrepreneurs who were in Westport, Co Mayo for the Web Su(...)

Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal, in conversation on centre stage during day three of the Web Summit. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA Wire

U2 frontman Bono closed the Web Summit yesterday, to much less fanfare than that which greeted PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk last year. The p(...)

Sunday is the best day for Brick Lane Market, where you can browse for unusual clothes, jewellery and bric-a-brac and and be tempted by the huge selection of ethnic foods
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My girlfriend loves exploring and shopping in markets so I would like to take her to London for a weekend where she could indulge her passion for fash(...)