The last Focus ST was something of a let down. Though quick in a straight line, it lacked the driving dynamics of its Golf GTi and Skoda Octavia RS rivals. The new car is far better: a proper, enjoyable and engaging hot hatch. Video: Neil Briscoe
As Covid-19 restrictions eased this week families all over the country started their summer holidays. We met with some of those enjoying their first break in a while at Hidden Valley Holiday Resort in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow. Video: Bryan O’Brien
BMW's sumptuous 840i may be out of step with the zeitgeist - and the version tested here costs €123,023. But as an ultra-desirable, automotive tour-de-force it sits right atop the car-making ziggurat giving inspiration to all. Video: Neil Briscoe
On Monday, Ireland’s restaurants and cafes can reopen their doors to customers, more than three months after Covid-19 restrictions forced them to close. Video: Enda O'Dowd
The first-generation Captur was a big seller for Renault. The new version sees some minor exterior tweaks and offers increased luggage and passenger space. But how does it drive, compared to rivals such as the Ford Puma? Video: Neil Briscoe
Salterbridge in Cappoquin, built in 1751, a grand regency style home on 136 acres is on the market for €3.25 million through joint agents Sherry Fitzgerald Country Homes and Sherry Fitzgerald Reynolds.
The all-electric Peugeot e-208 boasts extrovert styling, decent interior, and a range of between 330-350km (WLTP figures). As such, it compares well with, say, the Nissan Leaf. But is it a better buy than its petrol 208 sibling? Video: Neil Briscoe
With Covid-19 continuing to restrict foreign travel, could 2020 be the year that the Irish motorist embraces camper vans for their summer holiday? Here are some of the options available on the market right now. Video: Neil Briscoe
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has spoken about events following the death of George Floyd in a recorded message for students graduating from her old high school in Los Angeles. Video: Reuters
Although front-wheel-drive, the 118i is a car in the mould of simpler, less technology laden BMWs of the past. It shares its three-pot engine with the Mini Cooper and boasts the unbridled connectedness of a manual gearbox. Video: Neil Briscoe
Office of Public Works guide, Leif Barry, highlights some of biodiversity marvels in Dublin's Phoneix Park. Video: Enda O'Dowd
Classic cars from the 1980s attract lower tax and classic insurance, whilst holding or even increasing their value. Some, from the stables of Mercedes, Opel, Ford and Mazda can make safe and practical daily drivers even today. Video: Neil Briscoe
Is the performance-orientated Audi SQ5, with its three-litre diesel lump, a bit Jurassic Park by today's standards? Especially since the marque now boasts a plug-in hybrid Q5 TFSI e version in the same model line? Video: Neil Briscoe
Irish fashion designer Helen Cody goes through a step by step guide how to make a stylish beautiful face mask. You can download her pattern here - https://rb.gy/jcknir
The Volkswagen Passat GTE is a very versatile and practical car, especially in estate guise. Powered by a 1.4L turbo-petrol engine and an 85 kW plug-in electric motor, it is also quite economical as well as good to drive. Video: Neil Briscoe
From cool cop car to accomplished racer, Neil Briscoe takes a look back at the Rover SD1. Video: Neil Briscoe
The global coronavirus lockdown and subsequent contraction of vehicle emissions have given pause for thought. Hybrids such as the 330e, or all-electric cars, are surely the future. But are they still too expensive for most? Video: Neil Briscoe
Feel as if you are drifting in space? Astronaut Nicole Stott says she knows what it is like. Video: The New York Times
Renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel has some advice on how to cope with anxiety and grief in the time of coronavirus. Video: The New York Times
Fitness instructor Michael Quinn and Liberties resident Dave Shanahan lead free workouts on Brabazon Street in the Coombe every day at 11am for anyone who wants to take part. A more lively session, which includes a DJ, takes places Thursdays at 6pm. Video: Kathleen Harris
Does the new Dacia Duster still represent a bargain for the Irish motorist, or is there better cars out there for a similar outlay? Video: Neil Briscoe
We asked readers to send us videos showing how they are spending their time in lockdown. From dancing in back gardens to teaching dogs new tricks, here's what they shared.
The Audi Quattro took the motoring world by storm 40 years ago. Nowadays, AWD is more ubiquitous, mainly in larger SUV type vehicles, but Audi still uses the grippy layout in some of its road cars. Do you need it? Video: Neil Briscoe
Emer Byrne and her two children Faolán and Réiltín take a tour of their Portobello neighbourhood where residents have been asked to decorate their windows to celebrate Easter in isolation. Video: Kathleen Harris
Residents of Portobello, Dublin gather in their community for Shine Your Light, an initiative to show solidarity with Covid-19 victims and frontline workers. Video: Conor Horgan
Clonakilty Distillery in west Cork is among a number of whiskey and gin distilleries across Ireland now producing alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Footage: Clonakilty Distillery
Lir Chocolates continues to sell through retailers, but after closing their own shop due to coronavirus, the Irish chocolatier donated 20,000 Easter eggs to frontline workers. Video: Enda O'Dowd
Should you buy a hybrid vehicle? When things get back to normal post-coronavirus, that is. For some, it is a more compelling option than an all-electric car. That being the case, which is best, plug-in or "self-charging"? Video: Neil Briscoe
Joe McDonald is a postal operative based in Dublin. He sees the social interaction aspect of his job as vital at the moment, particularly for older people who are cocooning because of the coronavirus restrictions. Video: Bryan O’Brien
Peugeot's 2008 compact crossover is quite a practical offering for the genre - though with looks that are more radical, and perhaps polarising, than the more stylistically conservative model it replaces. Video: Neil Briscoe
Dublin-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist Veronica Cosgrove offers advice on how to protect your mental health in a time of quarantine and social distancing.
Meet the women behind the scenes who make some of the country's most renown product: Irish whiskey. Video: Chris Maddaloni
Island View is a coastal property with direct access to the shore, situated within walking distance of Dalkey Village. Asking price: €1.575m
Jaguar's I-Pace is one of the the most fun EVs to drive, with always-on torque and good handling to boot - even in the twisties. The flip-side of that performance, however, is inferior range to that of some competitors. Video: Neil Briscoe
Normally, removing a 45-degree slice of rear roofline from an SUV is not a good idea, but the Q3 Sportback just looks more impressive than its standard sibling - though it might not be as practical for those IKEA trips. Video: Neil Briscoe
The Land Rover Discovery is a true 4x4 that feels solid and secure while offering its occupants the promise of go-anywhere ruggedness. It's not exactly sprightly, given its mass, but is still surprisingly satisfying to drive. Video: Neil Briscoe
For International Women’s Day, we asked women to share their thoughts on how to make Ireland a better, fairer place.
The new Opel Corsa is entering a crowded market, but can it compete with the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and the Peugeot 208? We took it for a test drive to find out. Video: Neil Briscoe
The new Renault Clio is a solid family hatchback boasting an improved interior over the outgoing model. Powered by a one-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, it remains the dependable companion it has been for the past 30 years. Video: Neil Briscoe
Is our love affair with the SUV/crossover endangering the existence of the estate? If so, what a pity. Cars like the Volkswagen Passat Estate look great, offer better driving dynamics, more space and more luggage capacity. Video: Neil Briscoe
The Subaru XV eBoxer has a two-litre flat-four petrol engine aided by a 13.5kW electric motor, with permanent AWD and CVT transmission. Perhaps under-utilised in an urban environment it is a very capable machine nonetheless. Video: Neil Briscoe
Saoirse Ronan was among the Hollywood A-listers to shine on the red carpet as the stars of the film industry gathered in Los Angeles for the 2020 Oscars. Video: Reuters
One Small Change, was made by children at the two-teacher Cappabue National School, near Bantry in Co Cork, as a response to polluted beaches.
Located in Dublin city-centre, Native Denim is Ireland's first studio making high quality hand-crafted jeans using the best raw material from around the world. Video: Bryan O'Brien
Volvo is best known for producing safe, comfortable and sensible cars. Which makes this XC60 T8 with its anything-but-sensible 405bhp, ultra-firm suspension and staggering performance all the more remarkable... and enjoyable. Video: Neil Briscoe
Fifteen years after the first sod was turned, Ireland's newest town Adamstown is still very much a work-in-progress. Video: Bryan O'Brien
Lynn McDonald, the mother of a six-year-old girl who is approaching the end of her life, had to set up a gofundme page to fund her daughter’s 24-hour palliative care needs.
Ford has reactivated the Puma name and applied it to its new compact crossover. Despite the new Puma's height compared with its coupe forebear it offers sporty handling, a sorted chassis and lots of boot space. Video: Neil Briscoe
Fathers of babies who died during pregnancy or shortly after are taking party in a charity football match and the conversations they are having are helping them come to terms with their loss. Video: Enda O'Dowd
The C-HR is a competent hybrid sitting between Toyota's new Corolla and Rav4. How does it stand up against its stablemates and, on a broader question, is such a hybrid a better medium-term buy than an all-electric car? Video: Neil Briscoe
The National Botanic Gardens is hosting a series of Saturday guided walks called “biophilia tours” this January to encourage people to embrace their instinctive bonds with nature.
Aer Lingus staff model the airline's new uniform in Dublin' s GHQ building, Docklands. Designed by Louise Kennedy, it replaces the uniform she created 22 years ago. Video: John Cassidy
The Brown Thomas spring fashion show takes place at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College Dublin on a set of sand dunes suffused with colour. Video: Kathleen Harris
With its 3-litre V6, dual-turbo, diesel powerplant, the Audi S6 might seem anachronistic to some - especially given its price premium over the standard A6. So how does it perform on Irish roads? Video: Neil Briscoe
Sporting a turbocharged 2.5 litre petrol engine, Audi's RS Q3 delivers a gloriously full-on soundtrack that may soon, sadly, be an echo of the past. A school-run crossover with 450hp? Daft, maybe... but what fun. Video: Neil Briscoe
Little Women star Saoirse Ronan was among those to shine on the Golden Globes red carpet as the stars of film and television gathered in Beverly Hills. Video: Reuters
Four Dublin pubs get into the festive spirit with elaborate Christmas decorations. Video: John Cassidy
Skoda once manufactured the Yeti, a terrific crossover that was somehow overlooked by much of the car-buying public. Does its new Kamiq offer the same blend of practicality and sheer fun? Video: Neil Briscoe
There were emotional scenes at Dublin Airport as thousands of Irish people living abroad returned home for Christmas to be greeted by family and friends. Video: Bryan O'Brien
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