Dan  paddles down the Barrow river in an open-top Canadian canoe

The canoe might be the finest vessel ever built for the traveller. In a canoe you can explore slowly and intently, just like walking or cycling, but f(...)

The Borris Viaduct at Borris, Co Carlow

This short but surprisingly interesting loop takes in some of the most scenic roads in the south-east. It can be comfortably completed on a summer’s e(...)

Perfect cycling conditions for a picturesque loop in Co Clare peppered with monuments and places of interest.  Photograph: Mark McGrath

Start your cycle in the matchmaking centre of the world, Lisdoonvarna, popularised by the Christy Moore song. Cycle south-west on the R478 to Doolin a(...)

Blackstairs Mountains

Skylark Experiences on Inishbofin, off the Connemara coast, offers a complete immersion in island life where you get to spend time sheepfarming, birdw(...)

Boris Johnson: There’s also the issue of expectations. We hold buffoons to much lower standards. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Surely not! Not him! Not her! When buffoons gain traction, most notably now in the form of hapless Boris and bullish Trump, many of us can only exclai(...)

Origami birds add a touch of magic

The 2016 wedding season is officially open. As always, I am excited to see what trends will emerge. Weddings are certainly getting bigger, and Human(...)

Reclaiming the streets: the Air Corps flying over O’Connell Street in advance of the Easter Sunday commemoration ceremony and parade. Photograph: Maxwells/Getty Images

‘Do you know what?”said my friend. “It was a great day out.” She had put her finger on it. It was a great day out. Indeed it was a great week out. And(...)

Brothers John Coady, Richard Coady, Paul Coady and Edward Coady celebrate Mount Leinster Rangers’ Leinster final win over Oulart-the-Ballagh at Nowlan Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Hickey fishes a tightly-folded envelope from his coat pocket and flattens it out on the table. Inside are two columns of sepia, scissored a(...)