The 34th International Naturists Congress, Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, runs until Sunday. Photograph: Brian Farrell

The Irish tourist industry would be better able to woo the “buff pound” if there were more approved beaches for naturists and less uncertainty about t(...)

Office block at junction of Lower Baggot Street and Wilton Terrace: lease is up for sale on the building which has been empty for the last eight years.

A prime office redevelopment opportunity at the junction of Lower Baggot Street and Wilton Terrace in Dublin 2 will arise shortly when DTZ Sherry Fit(...)

David Fitzgerald, chairman of the Kilkenny’s Tidy Town’s committee, with Nora Darcy and other committee members as the city celebrates winning the SuerValu TidyTowns competition, at The Helix in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Tidy Towns organisers were nothing if not punctual.With just minutes to go before the 1pm deadline, Tipperary man and Minister for the Environment(...)

Some 20,000 American football fans are expected to travel from North America to Dublin this week to see Penn State play University of Central Florida in the “Croke Park Classic”. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

A first trip to Croke Park as a visiting player or fan is a daunting experience for most. With a capacity of 82,300, the Dublin stadium is one of Eur(...)

Overseas tourist numbers were up 10 per cent in the second half of the year.

One of the problems with introducing State aid measures to help struggling industries navigate bad times is that when things improve, the measures can(...)

St Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fáilte Ireland yesterday said its new fund designed to attract more corporate meetings to Ireland has secured its first major success. A major US insu(...)

Pat Gallagher at his home in Roscommon, with Fionola Meredith. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

You might think that nudists would be fairly visible and easy to track down. Isn’t there a latent exhibitionism in casting your clothes to the wind(...)

Tourists in Dublin enjoy the Viking Splash tour.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Drinks and hospitality industry representatives have urged the Government to retain the special 9 per cent VAT rate on their services in the Budget an(...)

The Willis Clan from Nashville, Tennessee, performing in a previous year’s Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan. Photograph: Alan Betson

With “cuts” being the most uttered word in the arts sector, festivals have continued to look to private funders to make their events happen. But sp(...)

Chipping away: John Holstead (centre) winner of Lough Currane sea trout competition, with Michael Roden (chairman, left) and Kevin O’Sullivan (secretary)

COCK Robin and Claret Bumble Variant proved the key to success for Ventry angler John Holstead to win last weekend’s sea-trout catch-and-release compe(...)