Some 500 Vikings descend on St Anne’s Park, Raheny as Dublin City Council staged the largest-ever living history battle re-enactment in Ireland at the Battle of Clontarf Festival.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

From a distance, the rotund figure perched on a makeshift throne on Castle Avenue looked authentically medieval, albeit closer to Friar Tuck in shape (...)

The Giant’s Causeway in Co Antrim was the top ranked Irish sight on the Lonely Planet’s list of must-see destinations worldwide. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire 1:02

Six Irish attractions have made it onto a list of the world’s top 500 must-see sights of all time, compiled by guidebook publisher Lonely Planet. (...)

Christine Dwyer Hickey: ‘The first time I was in Armagh city was 10 years ago and the tension that had long since left Belfast was still there on the apple-scented air.’

When I was a child I believed completely in God. This was not something I had picked up at home –ours was not a house for religion. Indeed, my father,(...)

A new “brand” of tourism is being launched in Killarney, Co Kerry – that of spiritual tourism. The promotion is the brainchild of the town’s chamber o(...)

Cova, a detached dormer property in Baily, enjoys panoramic views of Dublin Bay and the city skyline. A thousand years ago, the now peaceful maritime(...)

Figures released this week show that 1,075,000 tourists visited Clare’s famous cliffs in 2014, an increase of 12.5 per cent since last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Nearly 1.1 million people visited the Cliffs of Moher in 2014, breaking the one million mark for the first time, while the numbers of tourists visitin(...)

Ted Cook planting Brian Boru oak with Adam O’Donovan and Tom O’Brien in August

Down towards Gougán Barra, where the remote wilds of west Cork meet the gentle slopes of the Lee valley, Ted Cook’s home seems like a relic from a (...)

Clare County Council has announced it is to buy Holy Island, also known as Inis Cealtra, a 50 acre, former monastic settlement on Lough Derg.

Clare County Council has announced it is to buy Holy Island, also known as Inis Cealtra, a former monastic settlement on Lough Derg.The council propos(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Barry John Keane of Kerry swap jersey’s at the end of Sunday’s drawn All-Ireland semi-final football match at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Liam O’Neill and Tomás Ó Sé: The contrasting opinions of the life-long GAA administrator, entering his final year as president; and the legendary foot(...)

Heather Jones (centre), associate professor in international history at London School of Economics, with Pascal Donohoe, Minister of State for European Affairs, and Cllr Kate Feeney, president of Ógra Fianna Fáil, during yesterday’s summer school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The first World War was regarded by contemporaries as a complete break with the past in terms of the forms of violence used, according to Heather Jon(...)