Carbon sink: forests cover more than 10 per cent of the land in Ireland. Illustration: Michael Viney

The coast northwards from Thallabawn forms a good slice of Co Mayo’s Wild Atlantic Way. An expanse of windswept, often rushy fields stretches as far a(...)

Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe has welcomed Central Statistics Office figures that show that visits to Ireland increased by 600,000 in 2014 compared to 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

More than 600,000 more people came to Ireland in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. I(...)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Pascal Donohoe interviewed at the unveiling of the restored Molly Malone statue. The minister said the latest CSO tourism figures “show that Irish tourism is having, yet again, another excellent year”. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

The number of overseas visitors to Ireland increased over ten per cent in the first half of this year, according to figures released today.The Central(...)

The Wild Atlantic Way: a “rugged”, “unspoiled” touring route from the Inishowen Peninsula to Kinsale, being promoted as “the road trip of a lifetime”. Photograph: Slow Images/Getty

It is “wild, rugged, unspoiled” and 2,400km long. Tourism Ireland’s hottest property in 2014 is not a sporting fixture or cultural festival – altho(...)