Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring:  “After all, Croagh Patrick is an integral part of our spiritual sand cultural heritage and is very important for tourism.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Mayo County Council is to debate a repair and conservation plan for Croagh Patrick today amid safety concerns caused by the erosion of the mountain. (...)

Westport, Co Mayo, won the 2014 award for best large tourism town. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The names of the 15 Irish towns shortlisted for the Tourism Towns Awards 2015 have been released by Fáilte Ireland. Co Kerry has the most towns featu(...)

Level playing field?: in 2013 the FAI had an income was €36.7 million, with a surplus of almost €9 million. It gave grassroots affiliates €1.1 million in development and operating grants. Illustration: Maciej Frolow/Getty

When John Delaney of the Football Association of Ireland admitted recently that the organisation he heads had accepted a €5 million loan from Sepp Bla(...)

The Cliffs of Moher, a popular tourist attraction. The Central Statistics Office released figures showing that this was the fifth consecutive year of increasing visitor numbers. File photograph: Hon Lau/Getty Images

Overseas visitors travelling to Ireland increased 12 per cent for the first five months of this year compared with the same period last year, accordin(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

Derrynane House, home of Daniel O’Connell. The house has reopened to the public following a major refurbishment by the Office of Public Works.   Photograph: Don MacMonagle

The home of Daniel O’Connell in Derrynane on the Ring of Kerry has been officially opened to the public following a €1.25 million refurbishment by t(...)

John O’Mahony said Mayo and Galway West shared similar issues that he had worked on during his time in the Dáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Mayo TD John O’Mahony has decided to change constituencies to Galway West ahead of the General Election despite previously saying he was being treated(...)

Michelle Mulherin is Fine Gael’s only female TD in the Mayo constituency. A Fine Gael source highlighted her strength in her Ballina base, in contrast with John O’Mahony’s loss of 10,000 voters from his area following boundary changes. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

A constituency colleague of Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is being treated as a “movable feast” to ensure Fine Gael complies with gender quota legi(...)

Students from Coláiste Uisce  on Elly Beach, Mullet Peninsula, Erris, Co. Mayo. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Weather warnings of high seas and strong winds didn’t deter the community of the northwest Mayo outpost of Erris from celebrating its Irish Times Best(...)

Teresa Ferreira and Miguel Gomes  from Oporto in Portugal dressed for the occasion on Sunday in Dublin  as the St Patrick’s Festival gets into full swing. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 2:08

The annual ultimate celebration of Irishness, the St Patrick’s Festival, is in full swing with carnivals and pageants underway ahead of St Patrick’s D(...)