Tollymore Forest Park. Photograph: Tourism Ireland

For some of us, the very best place to barbecue is in our own back garden. For others, the kitchen cooker starts to look very well located indeed by (...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny: courting Independents  to form minority government.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night assured Independent TDs a minority government led by his party would last. Mr Kenny attended a meeting with th(...)

Apple shares were down for the 10th session in the last 11 and closed the week down 11.3 per cent, the largest such decline since January 2013. Illustration: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

European stocks fell to a two-week low as a stronger euro and mixed earnings reports prompted investors to assess the biggest monthly advance since N(...)

Cork’s Stephen Cronin lifts the provincial title following their win over Kerry in Tralee. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Eirgrid All-Ireland under-21 football final in Ennis today could yield a third title in 10 years for Cork or a first in 10 years for Mayo but the (...)

Thomas Joseph Kearney was in Dublin for the Kerry v Dublin match in Croke Park last weekend. Photograph: The Irish Times

A man who was found dead in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin earlier this week was “up for the weekend” from Kerry to attend a football match. Thomas Josep(...)

Waterford’s Shane Bennett, with Patrick Curran, has been playing a more prominent for the county. Photograph: Inpho

Saturday All-Ireland Under-21 FC final Cork v Mayo, Cusack Park Ennis, 6.0 – A high-quality championship reaches its climax in Ennis with the meet(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy in action against Kieran Donaghy of Kerry. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

For many people the standout performer for Dublin during the recent four-in-a-row AFL success has been James McCarthy. At 26, the youngest of the Dubl(...)

Aisling Reilly (left) of Antrim is the current world handball champion while Cork’s Catriona Casey won the All-Ireland championship in Kingscourt, Co Cavan, a month ago. photographs: inpho

Imagine a sporting landscape where there is not one but two Katie Taylors, Irish female superstars who are the undoubted brand leaders in the world in(...)

Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin (UCC) in his essay on Iveragh’s Mountain Pilgrimages makes the interesting point that, because of their poor soils and the formi(...)

Cian O’Sullivan ensured that Dublin did not miss Rory O’Carroll in the Allianz Football League final against Kerry. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s always worthwhile not to get carried away in the heat of the moment and in the past caution was always advisable in the wake of football league f(...)