Walk in a winter wonderland
  • Travel
  • December 20, 2014, 06:00

Tis the season when even the sun empathises with the national mood and becomes a tardy riser. It is also the time when many of us fantasise about c(...)

Snowy conditions  in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Summer is for the outdoors. Then, as the sun becomes a late riser, most of us sadly retreat fireside. Sure you’d be crazy to go rambling with all t(...)

Snow falls on Homeless Jesus in Toronto. Photograph: Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Somebody called the cops on Jesus in Davidson, North Carolina, where one resident reported “him” to the police, mistaking the life-size bronze by C(...)

Knowledge of mountain navigation required: Corraun Peninsula, Co Mayo
Go walk: Corraun Peninsula, Co Mayo
  • Travel
  • November 22, 2014, 13:00

Mayo is a wonderland for hikers – the Sheefries and Mweelrea, Croagh Patrick and that little-visited sweep of mountains from Nephin, through the Ne(...)

Ireland’s only orchestral baroque music festival takes place this weekend in Ardee in partnership with the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Chief O’Neill Traditional Music Festival The celebration of traditional music legend Chief O’Neill takes places in Bantry, West Cork until Sunday, Nov(...)

Rising sheer out of Dingle Bay, Cnoc na dTobar is one of the most impressive mountains in the Iveragh peninsula

Cnoc na dTobar, 690m (Hill of the Well), a “stand-alone” mountain north of Cahersiveen and rising sheer out of Dingle Bay, is one of the most impre(...)

You pant over the Pyrenees to complete the Camino, struggle up rivers of scree on Croagh Patrick and fight altitude crossing the Alps on the pilgri(...)

Ronan and Donard McGreevy. Photograph: Brian Cross

You know that moment when you’ve reached the end of your 99? There’s just the point of the cone left, with just a tiny glob of ice-cream on top. Yo(...)

In a word

Tomorrow, July 15th, is St Swithin’s Day. And you know what that means? If it rains, we’ll have 40 wet days in succession. If it doesn’t we’ll have 40(...)

The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival takes place in Mayo this weekend. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Waterford Writers Weekend This year’s Waterford Writers festival embraces the importance of creativity for young people with events for student(...)