Karen Browne, Biddy Hughes (marketing director) and Sheelyn Browne. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Sheelyn Browne’s ancestors, including the legendary Grace O’Malley, survived famines and rebellions at the family estate in Westport, which was once d(...)

Views of Westport, Co Mayo. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónail /The Irish Times

Westport House in Co Mayo generates some €50 million a year in indirect investment in the county and wider western region, according to a consultants’(...)

Scaffolding surrounds the 16th century O’Flaherty Castle on Ballynahinch Lake in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Management at the Connemara hotel owned by businessman Denis O’Brien says it has full authorisation for survey work currently being undertaken on a 16(...)

Eimear Kelly: ‘In Vancouver I live my seven-year-old-self’s dream. I work on animated Barbie movies during the week and sail the gulf islands at the weekend.’

“The rain here is not wet, you should go to Ireland. The rain there is wet rain. It’s real rain. That’s why everything is so green.” I’ll often(...)

Despite inheriting a stately home and 800 acres of land, Jeremy Ulick Browne Altamont, the 11th Marquess of Sligo and 13th Earl of Altamont, who has d(...)

Sophie Ellis Bextor wows fan at Westport Festival at the weekend. Photograph: Tony Kinlan

Pirate queen Grace O’Malley would “most certainly approve” of the shenanigans in the grounds of historic Westport House over the weekend. That is acco(...)

Thomas Gaisford-St Lawrence with model Muireann Doherty and 18th-month old Matthew Lynch from Howth at the launch of Deer Park FootGolf Course at Howth Castle, Co Dublin. Photograph: Pat Moore.

FootGolf in Howth; a size five soccer ball on an 18-hole course with sand bunkers and 21-inch cups. A pair of football boots.It’s a place-kicker’s hea(...)

 Conor Doyle, at his home in Glasnevin, Dublin: Conor has lost an impressive three stone since beginning the healthy lifestyles programme at Temple Street hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Turn up at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital on certain evenings during the week and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were at a sp(...)

Westport House, Westport, Co. Mayo. Photograph : Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Sheelyn Browne can’t remember a time when keeping Westport House in the family wasn’t a financial struggle. The house is regarded as a national tre(...)

 Archaeologist Michael Gibbons at the area on Omey Island where prehistoric remains were revealed by damage caused by the Atlantic storms. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Destruction wreaked along Connacht’s coastline in the recent storms has exposed archaeology dating back to the Neolithic period on Connemara’s Omey(...)