At Irish Distillers in Midleton, Co Cork, whiskey fans can choose from two tour options. Photograph: Ferdinandas/Getty Images/iStock

Give the whiskey fan in your life a backstage pass to their favourite distillery

Single malts whiskeys:  Dingle Single Malt – Core release, Tullamore Dew 18-Year-Old and Teeling Renaissance 18-Year-Old

With such a variety of fine whiskey available tipplers of all tastes are spoiled for choice

Cat’s scratching drum

Cats don’t like to play dress up over the festive season but they do like to keep their nails in check

After a week travelling Honduras with the Coffee Vs Gangs project, Gary Quinn joins a journalist reporting from the scene of a mur(...)

Clover Mini

The latest addition to the Clover family lets small retailers take control

Gary Quinn returns to Honduras to chart the progress of the second year of the Kenco Coffee Vs Gangs project

In the final Guinness film following the release of John Hammond - Intolerant Champion ad, lead singer with Foals, Yannis Philippa(...)

The Bridge Bar at the moorings,  Portmagee, Co Kerry: the jumping off point for the Skelligs

Used by the ‘Star Wars’ production crew, this bar is charming – and close to the Skelligs

Nancy’s has been run by seven generations of the same family, and three of them still pull pints behind the bar.

Seven generations of the same family have run this incredibly cosy landmark pub, perched on the Wild Atlantic Way

Lady Leshurr: the new Queen of UK Rap

The second in the series of Guinness short films with UK rapper Lady Leshurr, discusses how music and lyrics continue to be a forc(...)

The crescent-shaped Powerscourt hotel takes full advantage of its setting, nestled deep into this Co Wicklow valley

The Powerscourt Resort in Wicklow has doubled its number of weddings over the past two years - we went backstage at the five-star (...)

The interior has been returned to its peak yet the passing of time is captured on every surface

The Harbour Bar on Church Street in Howth

A micro-brewery and a warm, traditional bar interior have reinvented the old Cock Tavern in Howth, celebrating its lofty position,(...)

Some 227 whiskey bottles beckon from across the bar and, as well as every shade of Irish, you’ll find an enviable collection of Sc(...)

The judges: (L-R) Elaine O’Hora, Johnny Ryan, Jill Downey, Sarah Leahy, Vivienne McKechnie, John Irwin, Gary Quinn (facilitator), Fiona Mahon. Photograph: Conor Mulhern

Ten places filled on the AIB Start-up Academy but, for those who didn’t make it, there’s one wildcard spot still open on this year(...)

There’s been a bar at the site of Fallon’s since the 1600s but, by the turn of that century, the Liberties was a scene of abject poverty and many families have fought hard to keep it alive since.

Fallon’s is a much-loved pub that has seen and survived change over the years

The longlist was cut down from 60 to 22 companies. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish language adventure, sick bags and healthy food dominate in diverse group of Irish startups

The Battersbys have created new space and business opportunities without sacrificing heritage

The original traditional bar Agnes Moran ran retains its pride of place in the village, while its new owners have carved out an el(...)

The Drift Inn in Buncrana: an upturned boat with huge, semicircular beams divides the main bar.

Gastropub of the Year 2015 is beautiful inside and out

Guinness taps into the popularity of craft beers with this unique taster pub down the street from the Storehouse

Murphy’s is settled on the edge of the Atlantic and in the shadow of Mount Brandon

Barfly visited 51 pubs in 19 counties in 2015. Here's the top ten most-read and most-shared on social media by our readers

Smuggler's Creek Inn, Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal
Barfly: A walk to the pub

Gary Quinn visited the four provinces to find great pubs in walking areas that will encourage even the laziest walker out of their(...)

The iconic pub has become part of the fabric of the city

There’s been a pub here since 1803

A new limited edition whiskey brings Barfly to the heart of a Dublin institution

This is a fine gastro pub, slightly more up-market than its sister pub Cassidy’s on Westmoreland Street

Stuffed with fun and atmosphere, this is easily one of the best craft beer houses in the city

Dingle Single Malt 2016.

The Irish whiskey market is surging ahead and new arrivals and complex blends add to its repertoire every month. These are five th(...)

McHugh’s is a traditional Irish bar in a part of Belfast centre that has redefined the city

Barfly visits Belfast and finds tradition that comes with a twist

The Ski Centre in Sandyford offers lessons on a 10-minutes-one, 10-minutes-off basis, and parents and children can learn at the same time.

Tired legs, laughter and mastering the slopes are all part of Dublin’s indoor ski school

Söder + Ko: There are lots of dark corners to get lost in, booths to meet friends and warm heavy wood to keep the whole thing grounded. It’s a beautiful space.
Barfly: Söder + Ko

A warming, sophisticated, Scandinavian ambiance pervades this George’s Street bar

Dick Macks, Dingle: Best whiskey bar in Munster and Ireland

Irish whiskey has never been hotter, but discovering what you like takes time. Here, Gary Quinn reveals two of his favourites and (...)

People peer through the glass from the street  intrigued by the music floating out

Their currency is space for conversation, comfort, a welcome for musicians and excellent service

In a town as tourist friendly as Killarney, it’s refreshing to find a bar so fixed on locals

This family-run bar feels like a place that’s moving with the times

All you need are two bats, one ball and a net, to unleash all that pent-up cabin fever that winter brings to family dynamics

It’s getting colder, darker, wintrier. Whether you favour active or stationary pursuits, these suggestions will get you through th(...)

There’s always good humour among the punters in the Black Sheep

The Irish Times Servants Registry on Westmoreland Street opened at 10am for servants and at 11am for Ladies

The Irish Times of November 3rd 1915 was dominated by Britain, war and servants’ positions, while The Irish Times Servant Registry(...)

They have five beers on tap in the brew house: Wicklow Helles, St Kevin’s Red, Wicklow Weiss, WB-40 and Wicklow IPA

Protecting the essence of the craft in craft beer, Wicklow Brewery plan to keep their brews local to Wicklow and Dublin

With nearly 600 entries and a longlist of 45, our shortlist of the ten best travel writer competition entries is here

Fionnán O’Connor, author of A Glass Apart, at the old Powers Whiskey stills in Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

In his new book, A Glass Apart, Fionnan O’Connor recounts a glorious history and exciting future for Irish Single Pot Still Whiske(...)

Train stations tend to overpower neighbourly bars but the Bloody Stream wraps itself around the Dart building comfortably

Owned by local man Michael JF Wright of the Wrights of Howth family, The Bloody Stream is just one of a portfolio of bars and venu(...)

The Vatican city in Rome. Photograph: Thinkstock

October 20th 1949 was a busy day: IRA men were being released from prison, ‘Chinese Communists’ were getting ready to take ‘vital (...)

With a 130-bottle whiskey collection and beautiful snug and grocery bar, the old-style pub at the front of Flannery's has become i(...)

Brian Nation, master distiller at Midleton Distillery, who was awarded the Irish Whiskey of the Year Glencairn Trophy for Redbreast 21 Year Old, Irish Blended Whiskey (€60 or over) for Midleton Very Rare 2015 and Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey for Redbreast 21 Year Old at the awards ceremony in Teeling Distillery

The Teeling Distillery in Dublin hosted the 3rd annual Irish Whiskey Awards and while the top honours stayed with last year’s winn(...)

Mr Bing Crosby with his horse, Dominion Day, at the Curragh. Photograph: The Irish Times

In the first of a new archive series we take a look at the news that made The Irish Times this day 50 years ago - Oct 13th 1965

This Wexford pub, named after a Pierce Turner song, is a true family endeavour

Sean’s Bar in Athlone

Claiming the title of oldest bar in Ireland, and possibly the world, Sean’s Bar in Athlone has a lot to live up to

Porterhouse Temple Bar:  walls are heavy with craft beer bottles, the stairwell  lined with awards.

Nineteen years after it opened, the chain’s first Dublin pub is thriving

No 29: The Treehouse rooftop bar, with its retractable roof, defeats the weather and continues ot grow in popularity

The Spirit of Folk festival kicks off next weekend in Meath. Festival illustrator Dearbhla Kelly introduces the new look and sugge(...)

Could this one-night-per-week pub be one of the best in Ireland?

House Wine Bar and Tap Room  prizes comfort and homeliness above all and delivers a slice of elegance to Letterkenny’s Main Street

The owners are huge fans of locally brewed Kinnegar beers, on tap and in bottle, and by the time I’ve tried a few I can see why

Going underground always feels edgy but Cavern under Baggot Street Wines is not just cutting-edge but incredibly welcoming too

The Harbour Bar: a hub of Bray’s community.

A fantastic hodgepodge of experience: scruffy, wild and elegant

No 20: The Gin Palace. This is what great pubs are about - introducing strangers, great staff and the ease of conversation

Tigh Giblin: has become known for it’s craft beer, food, music and ambiance.

The young staff show no fear in the face of throngs of people – smiling, laughing and switching languages with ease as they champi(...)

The stone-cut architecture and its wood-panelled interior is currency enough but what makes this place extra special is the good h(...)

The Salthouse: a craft-beer palace, 90 seconds from the bottom of Shop Street

This friendly craft-beer palace is a refuge for those tired of the same old tastes

This is a dark, inviting space that is all about the wood, the whiskey and the welcome

The Hanged Man’s pub: the restaurant, with its great steakhouse menu, has carved a modern niche.

Oasis of calm on the banks of the Grand Canal

A big, sunny and very snug beer garden in the city centre

Bang Bang doesn’t shy away from the fact that it’s a working distillery

The Honduran people are warm and open, but living in a climate of violence and intimidation has taken its toll

Honduras is one of the most dangerous places in the world, so why would Kenco set up a training scheme there?

A bar that loves its place in the world and revels in its own accent

The decor at the Lord Edward  has hardly changed since 1904

No 11: Steeped in history, the atmosphere in the upstairs lounge of this historic pub makes every newcomer believe they’re the fir(...)

Finding and championing a great talent behind the bar is the central idea of the Irish Bartender of the Year competition

Six finalists battle for chance to represent Ireland at the world final in South Africa in August

No 10: A back-of-the-bar extension gives this already elegant slice of history the feel of a 19th-century railway waiting room

No 9: Despite the speed at which the retro style of the Snug will cast you back into your own imagination, it’s a calm and elegant(...)

There are two sides to Kavanagh’s: the beautiful public bar that remains firmly rooted in its past and the lounge next door with its great food

No 8: Family establishment still going strong with eighth generation behind the bar

Along the winding country roads of the Cooley Peninsula, this is a pub you could easily call home

Grogan’s:  a place to become someone

No 6: Established in 1899, Grogan’s has held its current position as a refuge for the literary and the lost since the 1970s

J O’Connell’s pub, Skryne Hill, Co Meath

No 5: Entire lifetimes have been consumed keeping a fire blazing at the heart of this incredible pub

Photograph: Getty Images

A safe country for tourists, well managed with a young educated workforce and a culture that runs much deeper than old headlines s(...)

Pub perfection No 4: Kehoe’s has that literary feeling other pubs try to buy but can’t

The Long Hall. There’s enough of a welcome to make you feel at home, a chat if you need it, and always a farewell. Photograph:Cyril Byrne

There are few pubs in Dublin that can match this great Victorian relic

Murphy’s is settled on the edge of the Atlantic and in the shadow of Mount Brandon

Pub perfection No 2: The view from its front door is beautiful and there’s always a great welcome inside

The Cobblestone in Smithfield: seven nights a week, twice on Sundays, you’ll find a trad session under way in the corner seat

It’s hard to imagine the art of Irish song under any kind of threat after a session at this pub

Photograph: (c) Olive McGloin

Dubliner Olive McGloin is the first woman to walk the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada – and back

Dick Macks, Dingle: Best whiskey bar in Munster and Ireland

Now in its second year, the Irish Whiskey Awards are maturing nicely. Among the awards this year were those for the whiskey bars o(...)

The latest football jersey is too easy - look further afield for something special for the sports fan

Members of the Mara 18 gang show their tattoos in the National Penitentiary in Tamara, near the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. Photograph: Elmer  Martinez/AFP/Getty Images

Coffee may offer a way out of gang culture in one of the world’s most violent countries

The African Union complex in Addis Ababa.

It’s three decades since Michael Buerk’s powerful BBC reports told the world about the country’s famine. The image has stayed with(...)

Brian Coakley, Anja Ní Chúin, John O’Sullivan, Seán Ó Cúin, Altan Holland, Ella Ní Chúin, Davorka Naletilic and Gary Quinn at the standing stones between the Black Valley and Bridia Valley. Photograph:  Valerie O’Sullivan

Killarney is preparing to give summer a wild mountain and valley welcome with its first walking festival. Gary Quinn took his fami(...)

Have you got an opinion on climate change? Want to work with Irish Times journalists? Then take part in our student 30-sec video c(...)

Land arctic

The background, what to expect and how you can get involved

Voyager: the trip is a follow-up to Charlie Bird’s 2008 film. Photograph: Crossing the Line

From late February the former RTÉ journalist will be living among an Inuit community in Nunavut, documenting it in print and onlin(...)

Left to right: Phelim McDonnell (11), Ruby Pereira (11), Daisy Pereira (8), Aya Zomer (10), Peter Cousins (5), Ciara Zomer (8), Muireann McDonnell (8), Sean Ó Cúin (6), Altan Holland (9), standing; Turlough McDonnell (5). Photograph: Frank Miller

Our group of 10 reviewers, aged five to 11, give their verdict on the top 10 toys for Christmas

Distilling greatness: Mary Ferriter, general manager of Dingle Whiskey Distillery  at the refurbished Saw Mills at Milltown, Dingle, Co Kerry. From left, Brian Taft, distiller, Oliver Hughes, owner, Peter Mosley, co-owner/distiller, Sean Burke, distiller, Michael Walsh, operator, Ryan Begley, operator. Photograph:Valerie O’Sullivan

A three-day trip to Dingle Distillery proves the future is bright for Irish whiskey, writes Gary Quinn

The White Cottages in Skerries has recently been awarded the Georgina Campbell Best B&B in Ireland award and the Best B&B Breakfas(...)

Warming up: Extreme swimmer, Nuala Moore,  on Pedlar’s Coom, Conor Pass, on the Dingle Peninsula where she trains daily in the lake enclosed in the mountain. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Ice swimmer Nuala Moore is in the running to be crowned world open water swimming woman of the year – but her greatest victories a(...)

The statue of Oscar Wilde at Merrion sqaure, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The ‘Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations’ places Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw in first and second place as most quoted

Video: In a new strand of local film festival coverage - A Screen Near You - we set Clones Film Festival a challenge: make a short(...)

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From swinging through treetops to swigging rare whiskey, a break in Kilkenny was all about that ‘something extra’, and it’s easy t(...)

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