Early ski deals include free skis and boots, or 50% off lift passes

Book early for free skis and boots in France and Andorra Ski season is coming up and the best deals are booked in advance. Directski will be offering (...)

There is nothing more irritating than having a nice meal or a quiet drink ruined by dire music pounding away in the background. Requests to turn it do(...)

Peter Thompson (centre), wrapping up  his 44th consecutive marathon,  pictured on Sunday in Dublin with supporters. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin was the last stop following a gruelling feat of physical endurance for British man Peter Thompson as he completed his 44th marathon in as many (...)

With its legendary “après-ski” activities, skiing is another good bet for singles looking for fun

It might be too late for this year but if you’re looking to boost your chances of being coupled up by the time Valentine’s Day 2018 rolls around, a ho(...)

 Australian rider Michael Matthews of the Orica BikeExchange team celebrates after winning the 10th stage of the  Tour de France  between Escaldes-Engordany and Revel. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Cycling is correctly described as an individual sport practiced by teams and while the value of strength in depth is almost always seen in bunch spri(...)

Only in Ireland might the sight of a 60-year-old man bouncing around a changing room in a Superman costume seem like a portent of success at a major i(...)

Irish cyclist Daniel Martin of Etixx-QuickStep team celebrates winning the third stage of the 96th Volta a Catalunya cycling race between Gerona and La Molina, Catalonia, Spain inMarch. Photograph: EPA/Quique Garcia

If there were any lingering doubts that Ireland’s Dan Martin could take on and beat the world’s best riders, they were dispelled last month. The locat(...)

Last year, we found that Fiat and Starbucks and a number of companies in Belgium had received illegal state aid in the form of selective tax advantages.  Photograph: Alan Betson

In the fall-out from the Panama Papers, one of the issues that has rocketed up the agenda is the question of tax transparency. Today, the European Com(...)

Members of the Spanish Special Group Against Organised Crime engaged in a drugs investigation aboard a catamaran in the harbour of La Coruna. Photograph: EPA

Spain has long been characterised as a refuge for criminals fleeing the law enforcement agencies of their own countries, a place where fugitives could(...)

Andorra’s economy relies greatly on tourism and got a kick-start as a tax-free destination decades ago. Photograph: Getty Images/Fotostock

The last time I skied in Andorra (years ago) it was as cheap as chips – indeed, cheap chips contributed abundantly to the tourist offering. The ski(...)