People on bridge despite road closed to Wooden bridge in Dollymount, ahead of Hurricane Ophelia hitting Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Hurricane Ophelia has caused widespread disruption on the country’s roads, with fallen trees making many impassable. A Roadwatch has released a list (...)

The Reek Sunday pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

A clash between religion and GAA fervour on national pilgrimage day to Croagh Patrick yesterday produced what was accepted on all sides as an honourab(...)

“It was dark and cold, with a swirling mist, on the summit of Croagh Patrick early yesterday morning. At 2.30am the few pilgrims there crouched before(...)

‘Detaching myself from the throng, I gaze upon the 360 degree cornucopia of wonder that I never grow weary of’

This week my offering comes from a room in the sublimely located Castlerosse Hotel, which offers some seriously attractive views over Killarney’s reno(...)

Cnoc na dTobar mountain towers above Cahersiveen, and has been a sacred site since the pagan Lúghnasa festival was celebrated on its  summit

Until recently Irish people wishing to enjoy the serene delight of pilgrim walking were obliged to first undertake the penitential exercise of negotia(...)

US vice president Mike Pence  listens while Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks during a St Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Naval Observatory. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described his meeting at the residence of US vice president Mike Pence as a “privilege,”as he pledged to continue the close r(...)

Castle Island, Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co Roscommon. The park offers great walking trails and lots of activities for older children

Good with small children   Burren National Park, Co Clare The orange and green routes make for nice easy walks through woodland and wildflower-(...)

Burren boreen. Photograph: David Kavanagh

No matter what way you look at it, cycling is booming. Encouraged by the Cycle to Work Scheme, more and more people are realising the benefits of comm(...)

Apart from some long grass and reeds at the start of the summit ridge walk in the Sheeffry Hills in Co Mayo, the going is easy.

The perennial problem of a long traverse of a mountain range is what to do when you get to the far end and must face a long road walk back to your car(...)

A two-night stay at Knockranny House, with bed and breakfast, and the pescatarian tasting menu on one night, is excellent value at €199 per person sharing

Westport is one of those seaside spots along Ireland’s Atlantic coast that puts the weary traveller instantly at ease. The shoulders relax at the firs(...)