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It was after 10.30pm on March 7th when a car carrying billionaire Joesley Batista pulled up at the Jaburu Palace, one of the modernist masterpieces by(...)

National potato day: try Maris Piper for making chips and for roasting. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Happy Potato Day, everybody! For the day that’s in it we thought we’d dig up all the interesting things we could find about the humble spud. 1 Irish (...)

Cote Calmet Bello: It was my first time ever seeing snow but Dublin just felt like home straight away. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Shortly after Cote Calmet Bello arrived in Ireland in October 2010 the temperatures began to drop. By December, the whole of Dublin was covered in a d(...)

Last week, a court in Rio de Janeiro set a date in November for the start of Pat Hickey’s trial on the charges related to the Rio Olympic Games. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pat Hickey has resigned from his position on the executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with “immediate effect”. Mr Hickey had (...)

Former OCI president Pat Hickey. on Tuesday the Oireachtas committee on sport agreed that a formal inquiry should be launched into Mr Hickey’s deal with ticket reseller THG. Photograph: Humberto Ohana/AFP/Getty Images

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) will today begin a process aimed at the removal of former OCI president Pat Hickey from his positions with the In(...)

The two-night ‘Ashford Castle Fairytale experience’ includes private chauffeur, afternoon tea, falconry and lots, lots more - if your pockets are deep enough to afford the €4,350 to €6,350 price tag

A “fairytale” experience at Ashford Castle has been listed as one of the 25 best travel experiences in the world. The listing was compiled by US trav(...)

Ayahuasca-infused tea being brewed in Peru: it is rapidly becoming big business in Amsterdam, with ayahuasca retreat weekends, ayahuasca healing, detox therapy, stress-busting and even “shamanic inner evolution”.

Ayahuasca therapy is the latest craze for those with cash to spend seeking quick-fix “spiritual enlightenment” – but Dutch addiction experts have warn(...)

Patricia Guerra from Peru who moved to Ireland 8 years ago, photographed on the rooftop of her apartment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Patricia Guerra’s hometown is known as the city of endless spring. Located between the towering peaks of the Peruvians Andes and the vast Amazon jungl(...)

 Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez greets supporters from his home in Caracas, Venezuela, on July 8th. He was detained by security forces on Tuesday, after being previously jailed for inciting anti-government protests. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Security forces in Venezuela seized two opposition leaders in early-morning raids on Tuesday, intensifying the grave political crisis in the oil-rich (...)

Police clashed with demonstrators who blocked roads and rallied against Sunday’s ballot. Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

Venezuela is facing international pariah status after most South American governments said that Sunday’s controversial election of a new constitutiona(...)