Letters on their way to Santa in the North Pole 1:53

Santa Claus will make a flying visit to Dublin on Thursday to help An Post deliver responses to more than 140,000 letters sent to him at the North Pol(...)

Competitors on the third and final day of Ploughing at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois, this year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The National Ploughing Championships will be held in Ratheniska, near Stradbally, Co Laois for the third year in a row next year, the National Ploughi(...)

 A section of the large crowd this week at the ploughing championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The papal nuncio is a fan. Russell Crowe knows all about it. National Geographic lists it as one of Ireland’s top 10 must-see events. In a country whe(...)

Gerry King (left) from Dunleer, Co Louth, ploughing in the senior horse section, watched by his son Gerard  at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Eric Luke 2:39

There is nothing like this. Nothing. Here, you get the real deal. This is the mood your vintage oilcloth artisan types strive to evoke in their carefu(...)

Mounted gardaí on duty yesterday on day two of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska , Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Another record was broken at the National Ploughing Championships today when it attracted its largest ever crowd of 124,500 people and got the seal of(...)

 Competitors in the under-40 horse ploughing  at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times. 2:39

The second day of the National Ploughing Championships got underway in brilliant sunshine at Ratheniska, Co Laois this morning and it is on track to a(...)

Models on a 1967 Nuffield tractor at Ratheniska, Co Laois. The 2014 National Ploughing Championships will be held there this month. Photograph: Alf Harvey

The mud has hardly dried on the boots that returned from the Electric Picnic but Stradbally is already bracing itself for a much bigger influx of visi(...)

An Post has unveiled two stamps to mark the centenary of the first World War. Both feature well-known recruitment posters from the time. The first fea(...)

Anna May McHugh: “In terms of interior design, I just like to keep it as nice as I can.” Photograph: James Flynn/APX

‘I live about four miles from the town of Athy in Co Laois. I live on a farm that my husband, John McHugh, bought in 1963 from an uncle of his.(...)

Thousands  at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois,  on Wednesday Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Is there no end to the success of the National Ploughing Championships ? It filled the equivalent of three Croke Parks this year. It attracted more th(...)