Helen Murphy from Douglas, Cork,   celebrating her  best-dressed win at Galway races yesterday.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In the clutch bag: lipstick, comb and hair clips, copious Compeed strips for blisters and safety pins in sewing kit. Then there’s the spare tights, n(...)

Left, from top: Shop Street in Galway; Laundromat Cafe in Reykjavik. Middle: a model wears a Chouchou Couture hood-scarf combo; right, from top: shoppers on Laugavegur, one of the oldest shopping streets in Reykjavik; Princes Square in Glasgow; Aniar in Galway

GLASGOWLay your head in the Grasshoppers Hotel (grasshoppersglasgow.com), a boutique hotel on Union Street in the centre of the city, tucked away on t(...)

Alice Kelly, from Blackwater, Co Wexford at Punchestown races yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The race of the day turned out to be the anti-climax of the day for the punters yesterday. Much of the anticipation was(...)