View from slopes of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo. Photograph: Joe Cornish/Riser/Getty.

The number of tourists visiting Ireland is set to hit record heights in 2015 with more than 7.4 million arriving in the first 10 months of the year be(...)

Second-year students in the pastry class of the professional cookery programme at DIT Cathal Brugha Street. Photograph: Eric Luke
The chef shortage begins to bite

November is Food Month in The Irish Times   Ireland’s restaurant industry is thriving, but for how long? A shortage of chefs is really(...)

The Bimhuis in Amsterdam is frequently mentioned as the best example of what a jazz venue can be

This week, the Improvised Music Company, Ireland’s leading promoter of jazz, will stage a guerilla action in our National Theatre, commandeering th(...)

Fine Gael councillor for Dingle  Séamus Cosaí Fitzgerald.

A motion is coming before Kerry County Council today seeking for An Taisce to lose the almost €3 million it receives on State funding because of perce(...)

The former Findlater House office block on O’Connell Street is being converted into a 198-bedroom Holiday Inn Express hotel. It was bought in 2013 for €6.2m by the London-based Seraphine Hotel Group. The 1970s building was previously sold to developer Garret Kelleher in 2005 for more than €30m. Anglo Irish Bank provided funding, and the loan was subsequently transferred to Nama. Eircom occupied the block for many years. photograph: aidan crawley

It’s shaping up to be a record year for tourism, as the Central Statistics Office released visitor numbers for the first nine months showing an increa(...)

Westport House: the estate’s gross value is just over €12m, according to probate documents

The owners of Westport House in Co Mayo say they are still “in the dark” about the estate’s future, following Government intervention to exclude it fr(...)

Modern Halloween products on display in a shop. Photographs: Koen Van Weel/AFP/Getty

What has happened to Halloween? The ancient festival has gone from being a children’s party to a major event for Irish adults. Last year, we spent (...)

 Web Summit: its impact is put at €37 million by Fáilte Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

How much extra business does the Web Summit bring, and how does its State support compare with other events? Its impact is put at €37 million by Fáil(...)

Paddy Cosgrave with  Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Web Summit last year. 1:33

Opposition parties and lobby groups have criticised the Government over its failure to negotiate with the organisers of the Web Summit after it had co(...)

The Long Room Library, Trinity College Dublin.

Trinity College Dublin may have one of the most envied libraries in the world but it’s not resting on its laurels. One hundred and fifty years after o(...)