Pascal Donohoe (l), Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport , launching the Tourism Ireland mid-year review with Niall Gibbons CEO Tourism Ireland in Dublin in August this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons was left bemused when an American radio host asked him: “I don’t want to put you on the spot here, Niall(...)

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Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

The number of visitors between July and September increased by 7.9 per cent, with a total of 2,440,400 visiting the State during the summer period.  Photographer: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

The number of overseas visitors to the Republic in the first nine months of 2014 was over 9 per cent higher than the same period last year, the Centra(...)

Career potential: Ibec’s food-and-drink marketing programme will give 28 graduates the opportunity to work with sponsor companies for 18 months. Pictured at the launch were (back) Katie O’Donoghue, placed with Tullamore Dew in San Francisco, David Broderick of Ibec, Mary-Jade Hynes, placed with Tullamore Dew in Chicago, (front) Rebecca Savage, placed with Jim Beam in Minneapolis, and Conor Neville, placed with Tullamore Dew in San Francisco. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Three years ago, there were little or no job opportunities. Emigration, unemployment or an unpaid internship loomed large for graduates. Since then, (...)

People walking dogs on Rossnowlagh Strand in Co Donegal. The number of overseas visitors to Ireland rose by nearly 10 per cent during the summer, according to the CSO. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The number of overseas visitors to Ireland between June and August was almost 10 per cent higher than last year, the Central Statistics Office has sai(...)

Barrels at cooperage display at the Guinness Storehouse brewery

One of the participants on the Tourism Ireland delegation was Fiona Herald, who is business development manager at Guinness Storehouse. At a pleasant (...)

Niall Gibbons of Tourism Ireland said ‘the warm welcome and the craic’ makes Dublin  such  a popular place with overseas visitors. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Dublin has been voted the world’s second friendliest city by readers of Rough Guides, the popular travel guidebook series. This month, Rough Guides as(...)

Tourism Ireland has teamed up with Phil Spencer, co-presenter of the hit Channel 4 TV series Location Location Location, and Classic FM, one of Britain’s largest radio stations, in a novel promotion to showcase Ireland as the ideal “location” to British holidaymakers this autumn.

Could the sight of television presenter Phil Spencer wandering around Dublin last month be more evidence that the property market has gone bananas aga(...)

Darina Allen: scheduled to appear at the festival in Boston

Build it and they will come is what Irish entrepreneur Rachel Kelly is hoping will happen when the doors open on the inaugural iFest event in Boston o(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: says routes to east could run at loss for up to three years. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Still in aviation, despite Russia’s conflict with Ukraine and the ensuing tensions with the EU and US, Ryanair is still keen on flying from the Republ(...)