Fatima: So if you were missing your Fatima, Lourdes and Medjugorje moments, now’s the time

Why not walk the Camino, go on a pilgrimage or enjoy staycation relaxation?

 ‘There’s even the term, Paris syndrome, said to afflict visitors who can’t quite get over the experience’. Photograph: iStock

Travel destinations at home and abroad to take a break this February

The seaside city of Antalya offers magnificent beaches and golf courses

Antalya will be latest destination for Irish golfers as new direct route begins in April

Richard and Carol-Anne O’Conor Nash in the dining room at Clonalis House, Castlerea, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Dating to the High Kings of Ireland, Clonalis House wins HHI O’Flynn Group Heritage Prize

Expo 2022 Dubai runs until the end of March

From service station hotspots to Expo 2020 in Dubai, here are a few destinations for January

Dine in style at Carton House

Starry stays, garden delights and getting scrubbed to within an inch of your life

No self respecting Dubliner should be without Alen MacWeeney’s new collection

The celebrated photographer’s new book chronicles the city of 60 years ago

Garden mural by Fran Halpin

You don’t need a huge space – any dull wall can be a canvas for a bright mural

Think you know Galway? Go west and be blown away by Kylemore Abbey.

Celebrate, count yourself lucky, plan ahead and then settle down for some nice resolutions

Don’t panic! Here is our gift guide, from presents for less than €10 to blow-the-budget treats

David Brophy with the Choir of Ages. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien

David Brophy’s record-breaking choir attempt at Dubai Expo 2020

A painting featuring artist Mollie Douthit’s stovetop, hand-cranking popcorn popper

Food month: 'If it could speak, it would tell of laughter-filled moments around the kitchen table'

I think this photo sums up the title of the book, The Dignity of Everyday Life: Celebrating Michael Scott’s Busáras, as a man waits on the concourse of Busáras carrying a bunch of flowers. Photograph: Mal McCann

Eoin Ó Broin believes Dubliners don’t value Busáras as much as they might

Ballynahinch

Travel deals: Plan an escape with these holiday ideas in Ireland

Gemma Tipton’s  home at 56 Eugene Street,  Dublin 8. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Eugene Street property with views of Guinness Storehouse and mountains for €265,000

Squeeze the last drop out of the season of feasting with a great offer before January becomes a cold hard fact

Travel deals: Enjoy a city break or a luxury estate getaway with these special offers

The Irish Arts Center’s programme director Rachael Gilkey, executive director Aiden Connolly  and vice-chair Pauline Turley. Photograph: Vincent Tullo/New York Times

The centre’s new home is on the site of an old tyre shop in Hell’s Kitchen

St Peters Church. Photograph: Noel Meehan/Copter View Ireland

Castles, cadavers and flying saucer sightings: three days in the Boyne Valley

Luttrellstown Castle’s Great Gatsby Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea

Travel news: Take a trip to Galway, Mayo, Belfast and more this month

Pouldrew House, Kilmeaden, Co Waterford

Pouldrew House, on 45ac, has been restored to a beautiful home with potential to go off-grid

Finn Nichol's The Lonely Sea

Curator Vera Klute, who makes a living solely from her art, insists setbacks are normal

Go Christmas shopping in Dublin, with the Fitzwilliam Hotel’s package that includes B&B and afternoon tea for two

Travel news: Seasonal offers for November

The Hunt Museum will host Ride a Flying Fish, a VR experience. Photograph: Alan Place

From a VR ride to Hieronymus Bosch’s world in Limerick to a nice snooze in Wicklow

The Bush hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon

Travel news: from beehives to squirrels to roof gardens, these hotels are making changes

Púca Festival from October 23rd to 31st across counties Meath and Louth

Discover the home of Jack Yeats, go on a health retreat or bring your dog to a pet-friendly hotel

Artist Karen Lee with some of her work at home in Bayside, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Epilepsy cut short her acting career but opened a door to helping her community via art

Pumpkin carving and ‘spooky activities’ at the Glenroyal in Maynooth

Eco-safaris and boat rides in Kilkenny or waking the dead at the Leprechaun Museum

Oscar Wilde afternoon tea

Plus: Take a Monaghan mini-break in gorgeous Glaslough or discover cultured Dublin

Ballyhoura Walking Festival, Limerick

Travel News: From a walking festival to mushroom hunting to luxurious stays

The First Child, by Landmark Productions with the Irish National Opera, is at the Dublin Theatre Festival from October 2nd-9th. Image: Jack Phelan/Landmark Productions

Dublin Fringe Festival 2021: The playwright and composer join forces once more on ‘suburban horror’, The First Child

Ballymena’s Galgorm is a delicious retreat in 163 acres of parkland

Travel News: Warm waters and cool cocktails, a petting zoo and golden ducks

Picker Pal Florence Hassett in Sutton. Photograph: Juno Hegarty

Picker Pals aims to make the world a better place, one child at a time

Aimsir farm

Travel News: From Donegal beaches with toilet facilities to a festival fix for picnickers

Atlantic House, Coast Road, Myrtleville, Co Cork

Three-bed home featured in 1902 Cork International Exhibition before being moved to Myrtleville

Merchant Hotel, Belfast

Prosecco corks fly in Belfast as Dublin becomes a stage for arty adventures

Detail from Sheila Corcoran’s Stains of the Cross

Revised edition of the Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass features Harry Clarke and many others

Ballindoolin, a late Georgian country estate on 625 acres

Ballindoolin House, in Co Kildare, is on the market for only the third time in its 200-year history

Children making blaas at Waterford Harvest. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Dine while watching a pop-up gig in Cork or enjoy escapist bliss in Co Fermanagh

Cecily Brennan, Melancholia, 2005, Video. Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Irish Museum of Modern Art celebrates its 30th birthday at a tricky time for museums

Dublin Civic Trust described Niall McCullough as ‘one of the great minds of our time’. Photograph: McCullough Mulvin Architects site

Tributes paid to author and co-founder of award-winning McCullough Mulvin Architects

Tipperary is leading the way in pup-friendly packages.

Travel News: Catering for all tastes, from the arts in Galway to the whiskey in Belfast

Siobhán Sloane’s Creative by Nature Summer Camps are aimed at 12- to 15-year-olds, and take place in Galway  and Clare in August.

Travel News: Explore Donegal or Kildare and get back in touch with nature

Killee Cottage in Mitchelstown is an adorable thatched cottage for two.

Travel News: Do something a little different with these events and offers

The Travel Department will bring you to some Irish gems, and can include a castle stopover

Travel News: Follow some art trails, try indoor camping and much more

Marine Memory vessels, Bouke de Vries, 2016. Eighteenth-century Chinese porcelain marine archaeology storage vessels. Photograph: Bouke de Vries

Repairing objects with resin and gold can act as a glorious link between generations

Bring your pup to the Lodge at Ashford Castle with its special Summer, Sun and Sheepdog offer

Travel News: Enjoy fine dining in Dublin or head for a cycle on the Limerick Greenway

Newpark House in Sligo dates from 1780.

Hosting weddings, tourists and music festivals help sustain heritage buildings

Westport, courtesy National Library of Ireland, Lawrence Collection.

A new book looks at the wealth we have in our Irish country towns

Domhnall Gleeson in Medicine written and directed by Enda Walsh. Photograph: Alex Sapienza

Festival is back with a dose of Medicine, the Mirror Pavilion and an in-person VR experience

How brilliant they are in Co Louth to combine two of Ireland’s great pleasures: soaking up gorgeous scenery and eating fantastic food

Travel News: Have a staycation in Louth with gorgeous scenery and a relaxing cruise

Olga Barry, director of Kilkenny Arts Festival, says: ‘Sometimes it’s only by keeping trying that you unlock the possibilities.’

From Rough Magic’s Tonic to Mozart’s Requiem, the festival starts August 6th

Todd Almond (centre) in Girl From the North Country by Conor McPherson. The production was wowing audiences on Broadway but  closed after just nine days as the pandemic shut theatres. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Latest Government announcements have delayed the promised increase in audience size for theatres and cinemas

Roundnet, which has been around since the late 1980s, is enjoying a revival.

From seeing stars to exploring caves, whatever you fancy this summer, there’s a club for that

‘It’s a great spot . . . It has a lot in it for me,’ says Cormac Begley of his hand-built wall

Summer Glamp just outside Wexford town

Travel News: Mini-festivals, art in gardens and fabulous feasts on the menu

Entanglement by Annex. Photograph: Alan Butler

Entanglement by Annex reflects Ireland’s long-standing, complicated role in global tech ecosystem

Hook Lighthouse

All your home tour needs, from Line of Duty tour in Belfast to a friendly festival in Sligo

Growhouse by Marie Brett, part of a multisensory installation at Cork Midsummer Festival. Photograph: Jed Niezgoda

Most arts organisations are stuck in the gap between the imagination and the possible

Joy Gerrard, Protest and Vigil, London 2021

During lockdown, the gallery’s Culture Night event ‘looked so normal, it felt like a sin’

Get the royal treatment with the Grace Kelly specials at the Imperial, Cork’s most historic hotel. Photograph: Miki Barlok

Travel News: Between lovely Leitrim and caring Clare, take time out for art in Limerick

Oaklands, Blessington, Co Wicklow

Built in the 1990s, the main house is on 62 lakeside acres with a coach house, mews, stables and yards

ANU Productions The Secret Space opens at Project Arts Theatre, Dublin, on July 17th.

For Cian O’Brien, director of Project Arts Centre, the past year has provided room to rethink approaches and reimagine spaces, tho(...)

Duckett’s Grove

Explore Carlow, visit the National Stud or visit a Sligo castle as the country reopens

Charlene Lydon: “I genuinely feel another Saturday night at home watching a new release film doesn’t do it for me. Everyone wants out of their house.”

Light House programme manager Charlene Lydon is confident the crowds will return

The flight of the little golden swallow is a Wilde-related idea aimed at the revitalisation of Enniskillen tourism. Photograph: Brian Morrison.

Refurbished Carton House reopens, Ashford Castle rolls outs gourmet getaways

Still from Incoming #35, 2014-17© Richard Mosse. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery and carlier|gebauer

Mosse ‘weaponises the aesthetics’ of military-grade film to force us not to look away

A new system of contact tracing has joined the Crawford’s  arsenal of Covid-19 compliance. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Reopening Culture: The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Get Into Kildare: Stunning Kilkea Castle

Travel News: Plan escapes to County Kildare, Limerick, Monaghan and Cork

Carlow County librarian John Shortall: “It’s an unnatural thing for us to be closed, we’re such a people-centred service.” Photograph: Michael O’Rourke

Reopening Culture: In the latest in our series, Carlow librarian John Shortall and his team are ready to go libraries adapted

The new Aran Island Ferries acquisition, Saoirse na Farraige, is a 400-seater ferry that includes a wheelchair lift. Photograph: Boyd Challenger

Travel News: Relax and enjoy Ireland’s reopening attractions or plan a little further ahead

The Saints and Scholars gallery at the Ulster Museum.

Reopening Culture: a new series about the people behind the institutions and venues that are finally opening up again

The Maldives and Mayo: Spot the difference.

Discover the centre of the universe in Mayo, and enjoy the fruits of the sea in Sligo

Aidan O’Reilly wanted to order a blanket of Donegal wool from Helle Helsner.

Helle Helsner had featured in Irish Times but sender wasn’t sure exactly where she lived

 Ruth McGill: “Through expert listening, death doulas can help you to decide where you might like to die – at home, in a hospice. They can help you to have conversations with family or loved ones.”  Photograph: Joe Dunne

Mortality terrifies us. Death doulas can help us and loved ones prepare for the final step

Aerial view.

Barrettstown House, in Co Kildare, features a 15-acre paddock and private stretch of riverfront

Elena Cristofanon’s latest project, Contatto, shares the words and stories of a new generation of artists in Ireland, including Dagogo Hart, pictured above. Photograph: Elena Cristofanon

Contatto: Online project explores a new generation of artists and talent in Ireland

The Birdbox, Donegal Treehouse

No holidays abroad this year? Recreate those exotic trips right here at home

Austrian castle Schloss Hollenegg. Photograph: Leonhard Hilzensauer

Portfolio judge Stori Liechtenstein says it is getting harder to pinpoint a national style than in the past

Bassam Al-Sabah: Wandering, wandering with a sun on my back

Four award-winning artists talk about the many obstacles to creating their work

Author Sue Rainsford, whose second novel is  Redder Days

In Dublin writer Sue Rainsford’s plague novel survivalist cults emerge

Colourtrend Iced Float.

Names are chosen for the ‘emotive aspects of the hue’, say colour experts

A Site for Culture: Atelier Rae  proposes the use of scaffolding to create sheltered open-air venues for culture and the arts. Concept drawing: atelierrae.ie

Four architects imagine the future of outdoor performance spaces

Ballinacurra, the  Georgian estate  for sale for €6.35m with Knight Frank

Ballinacurra House, retreat for media-shy celebrities and royalty, has rented for €40,000 a week

Women of Ireland: Ailbhe Gerrard, Laura Reid and Pritha Namjoshi (top row); MJ O’Brien, Sam Olabiyi and Rita Woods

Women and girls of all ages on equality, happiness, social media and life in Ireland today

No 45 Grosvenor Road

This large home has six bedrooms and is in interiors-shoot perfect condition

45 Pearse Square, 205sq m three-bedroomed house in Dublin 2

Three-bedroom house in Dublin 2 has a shared park at its centre

Over at the website for One Molesworth Street, you can discover that the Henry J Lyons-designed office block, which houses the Ivy Restaurant at ground level, “has been carefully sculpted to sit comfortably within the historic context”. Image: Visual Lab.

An exhibition at the IAA inspires another look at architects’ models and drawings

Monika Sapielak, director and co-founder of the  Centre for Creative Practices.  Photograph:  Johnnie Doyle

Series aims to promote and connect work of migrant and culturally diverse artists

Villa Santo Sospir,  where Jean Cocteau stayed and painted murals throughout. Photograph:  Marina Melia/Villa Santo Sospir DACS/Comit Cocteau

Life Meets Art explores the houses of the world’s most cultured and creative legends

From jigsaws to art from your fridge, there are mental health benefits from make-and-do

Francis Bacon in his early twenties photo by Francis Julian Gutmann, Courtesy MB Art Collection

A new biography sheds new light on the enigma that is Francis Bacon

Painting Dublin: detail from Winetavern Street, 1934, by Harry Kernoff; The Fishmarket, Patrick Street, 1893 by Walter Frederick Osborne; The Leinster Market, c.1915, by  Estella Frances Solomons,

Before now, emphasis was placed on rural landscape and western seaboard in Irish art. This book takes a very different approach

Reimagine Tallaght, Melt the Walls. Photograph: Ste Murray

Reimagine is a new architecture project that wants you to shape the future

Kieran and Geralyn White pictured at their house at Ballysallagh, Johnswell, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

From dry rot to ultra high net worth lunch guests, the struggle to make a historic house pay

Model of a pedestrianised entrance to Phoenix Park by Denis Byrne Architects.

Contributors look at the history of Dublin to imagine an even better future

Cliff at Home Gift Box

Whether for sleepovers or special and surprising gifts, Ireland’s hotels have you covered

Colm O'Gorman with his greyhounds Jake and Oscar, Amy Huberman with her dog Phoebe and Gemma Tipton with her horse Bosco

Familiar faces on their ‘calming’ alpacas, Basset Hound bosses and magnificent horses

When the Chicago World Fair opened in 1893, there was not one, but two rival model Irish villages.

Post-Famine identity and the diaspora are the focus of a book rich in anecdote and detail

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