What are you planning for the men in your life this Christmas?

Read all our Christmas content at irishtimes.com/itschristmas Water works In cable wakeboarding, the speedboat of traditional water-skiing is r(...)

Roy Lichtenstein’s 1964 painting was inspired by a comic book image

A new world auction record price for the American “pop art” painter Roy Lichtenstein was achieved at Christie’s in New York on Monday when his 1964 pa(...)

Detail from ‘The Brigadier’ portrait by Lucian Freud, which  goes on sale in Christie’s New York next month

Visitors to the Lough Eske Castle Hotel in Donegal will notice a large painting titled The Brigadier. It’s a portrait of Andrew Parker Bowles, a fo(...)

Chinese and British flags fly in front of Buckingham Palace on the Mall in London, Britain October 19th, 2015. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan were due for a day of pageantry on their first full day in Britain, with a ceremonial welcome at(...)

Cabra Castle, Co Cavan  Book yourself into one of the 12 luxury rooms in the original castle part of Cabra Castle for the full aristo(...)

 Mark Colborne, a red-head, wanted to shoot  Prince Charles so Harry (above) could be king. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

A red-haired man who fantasised about shooting Prince Charles so Harry could be king has been found guilty of plotting a terror attack “for the Aryan (...)

REMEMBERING THE BLITZ A series of exhibitions and events in London will mark the 75th anniversary of the Blitz, when the German Luftwaffe bombe(...)

 Queen Elizabeth II  is now the longest-reigning monarch in British history, overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s record by one day. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

There are several royal queens around the world, but it’s Elizabeth II who truly owns the definitive article here and at home as in: “The Queen”. N(...)

Prince Charles with Brendan Dunford, Brigid Barry and Aine Bird of Burren Beo, on a visit to the Burren, Co Clare. Photograph: Eric Luke

A scheme that has paid Burren farmers more than €2.1 million over the past five years to create the conditions to grow rare and wild flowers to prospe(...)

Transylvania is a fascinating place to visit because it is the last remaining medieval landscape in Europe. It is like being in a time warp

I am sitting in the midst of a 1,000- year-old wildflower meadow in Transylvania. Wild sweet pea, orchids, marguerite daisies, wild sage and thyme,(...)