Grab a coffee from the Jungle Beach Break Cafe on Salthill Prom, above, and go in search of Patricia Piccinini’s majestic Skywhale hot air balloon

Time to make like The Pet Shop Boys and go west, as the Galway International Arts Festival returns from July 13th for a fortnight of top-notch musi(...)

  The Twelve  hotel in Bearna has won a  Wine Spectator magazine  award of excellence for its wine list. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Fergus O’Halloran, managing director at The Twelve in Bearna, is also the boutique hotel’s sommelier, and recently nailed a seventh consecutive awa(...)