US president Barack Obama  smiles as he waits for reporters to enter the room as he welcomes Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has met with US president Barack Obama in the White House as part of a day-long programme of events in the United States (...)

Minister  for Tourism Paschal Donohoe and chief executive of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons at the launch of Tourism Ireland’s seventh annual Global Greening initiative for St Patrick’s Day 2016. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

A record 8.6 million people visited Ireland from overseas last year, marking an “exceptional” year for Irish tourism. The total revenue for the Irish(...)

Ergo co-founder John Purdy

Dublin-based cloud computing firm Ergo, which bought customer relationship management specialist iSite last year, expects the acquisition to add €8(...)

Star Wars: Skellig Michael, where scenes for The Force Awakens were shot. Photograph: Chris Hill/Getty

A guide who has worked on Skellig Michael, off the Co Kerry coast, for almost three decades says that her experiences over the past two years still c(...)

Tourism Ireland’s latest promotion is under way in Australia with billboard ads for Ireland in key locations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

How do you market Ireland as a tourist destination to Australians? Well, it’s not going to be the weather, is it? Tourism Ireland’s latest promotion s(...)

Amazon Theatre  in Manaus, Brazil is among the buildings that will go green on St Patrick’s Day this year.

An opera house in the heart of the Amazon rain forest and the home of the Boston Red Sox are among the buildings that will ‘go green’ this year to mar(...)

Chinese tourists: the country’s outbound tourist numbers are up 20 per cent. Photograph: EPA/WU HONG

China’s Travel & Leisure magazine, a bilingual publication with 550,000 circulation, has named Ireland “best travel destination” in the world at a(...)

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(...)