Romantics who love the sea could head north to beautiful Whitepark Bay, a crescent of sand just one bay over from the Unesco World Heritage site th(...)

Islamic State militants targeted the Temple of Bel, a Roman-era structure in the central desert city of Palmyra. Photograph: Sandra Auger/Reuters

After a day of conflicting reports about the extent of damage that Islamic State militants had inflicted on the Temple of Bel in the ancient city of P(...)

Production crew and sets on Skellig Michael to film Star Wars Episode VII, last year. Photograph Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a culture that had a strong sense of boundaries and limitations. Fifteen hundred years ago, when (...)

The Greco-Roman Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, which the Islamic State group targeted. Photograph: Reuters/Sandra Auger

The outer walls and columns of the 2,000-year-old temple of Bel in the ancient city of Palmyra are said by residents to be still standing in spite of (...)

Production crew and sets on Skellig Island as Star Wars Episode VII directed by JJ Abrams begins filming. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The return of crews filming the new Star Wars film to the Skellig Michael Unesco World Heritage Site off the Co Kerry coast next month will be hugely (...)

Attack on the Temple Of Bel in Palmyra follows attack on Baal Shamin temple on August 25th. Photograph: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket/Getty Images

Islamic State has destroyed part of an ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra city, a group monitoring the conflict said on Sunday. The militants targeted (...)

Weekend in . . . Provence
  • Travel
  • August 29, 2015, 01:00

Exploring Provence’s vast, rugged sprawl can be exhilarating – and daunting. From the salt marshes of the Camargue to storybook hilltop villages li(...)

 Ancient architecture in Palmyra, Syria. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Archaeologists have launched a hi-tech initiative to combat the destruction of ancient sites in the Middle East by Islamic State. Scientists at Oxford(...)

For 600 years Skellig Michael  was a centre of monastic life for Irish Christian monks. The Celtic monastery, which is situated almost at the summit of the 230-metre-high rock, became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1996. File photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

A senior University College Cork archaeology lecturer has criticised Government’s “sidelining” of State agencies responsible for the Unesco world heri(...)

 Skellig Michael, off the coast of Co Kerry.	Photograph: Design Pics/Gareth McCormack

An Taisce has asked Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys to outline how she is giving consent to the Disney Lucasfilm Star Wars project on the Unesco w(...)