Rob Penn: “I couldn’t believe that in Ireland, the game of hurley was still being played with an ash stick.”

When Robert Penn was a boy, he grew to love the ash tree by the gate that led to the field where he played near his home on the Isle of Man. It was a(...)

Denis  O’Brien: claims PR firm Red Flag Consulting is involved in a conspiracy against him. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

A speech by Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney that has emerged as the central focus of businessman Denis O’Brien’s legal action against a Dublin public (...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien. File  photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The computer memory stick at the centre of Denis O’Brien’s latest legal action contains some 80 files – including newspaper cuttings, Dáil and legal t(...)

Maj Gen Michael Finn:  ‘It is a critical challenge to find ways to address the contentious issue of caveats and to maintain the integrity of peacekeeping missions into the future.’ Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Overseas missions are “vitally important” to the Defence Forces and help to project a very good image of Ireland internationally , according to a seni(...)

A young woman hikes along a hanging bridge near Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica.

My husband is really interested in the tropical forest and wildlife. What destination would you recommend which would give him some experience of t(...)

Detail of a map of the Golan Heights for  Undof, the UN peacekeeping and observer force.

Six months of detailed planning, training, and organising all the complex, and at times competing, imperatives of mission converge in late March in (...)

Walk this way: allow for walking progress of about 20km per day

1. Just do it: no more dithering You’ve been thinking about it for yonks, telling friends you’re deffo going to do it. . . one day. “Just can’t see(...)

John O’Leary (left),  a Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry South from 1966 to 1997 and a minister of state from 1977 to 1979, with Charles Haughey. Mr O’Leary says in his memoirs that Haughey could be vindictive and many of his supporters were thugs. Photograph: On The Doorsteps, Memoirs of a long-serving TD.

Former taoiseach Charles Haughey could be vindictive and many of his supporters were thugs, a former Fianna Fáil minister of state has claimed in his (...)

The Taiwan Lantern Festival and its spectacular light show.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Taiwan’s cross-island highway slices through the country’s north-south mountain range, linking the underpopulated, Pacific-facing east coast and th(...)

The scene of the fatal accident on the N78 near Athy, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The immediate reaction of all first responders and gardaí to the crash near Athy in Co Kildare will have been, firstly, to secure the scene so that th(...)