Alex Flamant: his designs are stocked in 500 stores worldwide, including the Orchard in Celbridge, Co KIldare.

For a small country, Belgium has contributed more than its fair share of household names to the design world, from Axel Vervoordt and Vincent Van Duys(...)

Flanders may not the first place that springs to mind when one is thinking of a healthy holiday. It has been lumbered with the image of being a dour(...)

Singer Jesse Hughes of US rock group Eagles of Death Metal. Two French music festivals have dropped the band from their summer line-ups. File photograph: Jonas Roosens/AFP/Getty Images

Two French music festivals have cancelled Eagles of Death Metal concerts this summer in reaction to comments by the band’s frontman over the Paris att(...)

Paul O’Neill (left) climbs the Col du Glandon in the Alps in the 2015 edition of the Etape du Tour

You know those security questions linked to internet passwords. They include queries such as “what was your first school?” Or “what was the name of yo(...)

The memorial commemorating  what happened at Iron

As a piece of Western Front drama the story of the Iron 12 is unsurpassed. The story has many epic elements: battles, escape, flight, solidarity, fort(...)

Ireland,  Co Meath: Dillon Marshall Property Consultants, €1 million

Dillon Marshall Property Consultants is seeking €1 million for this five-bedroom house in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath. What can you get for the same money (...)

Colombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vásquez has won this year’s Impac award for his novel The Sound of Things Falling. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

For only the second time in its 19-year history the International Impac Dublin Literary Award has been won by a Spanish-language work. Colombian write(...)

The Jura: Sean Rothery on the way to St Hippolyte. Taken from  A Long Walk South, An Irishman’s Trek on the GR5

I retired from a long academic career when I was 65. I had no choice, but the view back then and possibly still is that retirement is a good thing,(...)

Ireland’s Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) in action at the Volta a Catalunya

Irish pro Dan Martin marked himself out as one of the top riders in world cycling yesterday when he finished out as the overall winner of the t(...)