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(...)

Aidan Gillen as Charlie Haughey in RTÉ’s three-part drama series Charlie: “I was trying to find a middle ground where his look and sound could meet what I was capable of without being ridiculous or distracting.”

A living imitation of Charles J Haughey is looking at a monitor, near a two-bar heater. “That’s some make-up,” I say. “Make-up?” says the actor(...)

Party faithful: A jubilant Charles Haughey at a Fianna Fáil Ardfheis

  A VOLCANIC TEMPER By Stephen Collins   In the spring of 1982, I was a junior reporter with The Evening Press newspaper when(...)

Road crash statistics are bleak, impersonal measurements, stripped of any character or human loss. Behind the figures lie broken lives and family trag(...)

‘Irish Times’ writers  John Wilson, Mary O’Brien, Martyn Turner, Miriam Lord and Peter Murtagh at the launch of their  new titles from Irish Times Books  in The Little Museum of Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Six books by Irish Times writers have been launched, including The Best of Miriam Lord, a selection of some of the finest columns and sketches from th(...)