Chris Hadfield: David Bowie was an extremely famous person and an intensely private person. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield has said he was “disbelieving and sad” when he heard the news of David Bowie’s death. Cmdr Hadfield’s vers(...)

Skellig Michael, or Great Skellig, 11.6 km west of the Iveragh Peninsula in Co Kerry. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Director JJ Abrams has revealed his shock at being allowed to film scenes for Star Wars: The Force Awakens on one of Ireland’s Unesco sites. The Skel(...)

Tourism Ireland is basing its new publicity campaign around the filming of part of the new Star Wars  on Skellig Island. Photograph: Getty

It’s official - 2015 has seen a record number of people visiting the country. At an end-of-year review this morning Tourism Ireland estimated that b(...)

Titanic Belfast is one of the North’s key attractions. Photograph: Getty Images

The North is hoping to attract two million overseas visitors next year who could potentially generate £476 million (€674m) for the economy, the North’(...)

Skellig Michael, which features in the imminent “Star Wars: the Force Awakens”. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

The 1916 Easter Rising commemorations and Star Wars both loom large in the tourism marketing calendar in the months ahead. But which will draw more vi(...)

Dole queue: Irish live register (Nov) figures will be released on Tuesday.  Photograph: Frank Miller
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MONDAY Results: Aberdeen Asset Management; Naturex. Meetings: Launch of Tourism Ireland’s 2016 marketing plans (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Du(...)

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(...)

Creevy pier in Donegal Bay:  about one in five businesses in Donegal is related to tourism. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

At least €125 million of the €250 million total the Government proposes spending on tourism should be ringfenced for the west of Ireland, a leading i(...)

 Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall: Along with  businessman John Mills and economist Vicky Pryce, he will lead a panel discussion on Brexit  at a conference London. Photograph: Malcolm McNally

Irish business leaders in Britain will consider the impact of a possible British withdrawal (Brexit) from the EU at the annual conference of the Iri(...)

Tourism Ireland is set to use a video to invite LGBT couples from around the world to celebrate their weddings and honeymoons in Ireland.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tourism Ireland was quick off the mark after Ireland’s Yes vote in the marriage referendum in May – within 24 hours of the vote, it had launched its “(...)