Climb Croagh Patrick, whichever way you want. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Any list of things you must do before you die runs the risk of sounding bossy, pompous or just plain exhausting. But the world is vast, and our time o(...)

The Gloaming: The Gloaming: “women in our musical world need more access, more support, and more respect”

The National Concert Hall is a sacred space in the history of The Gloaming. Not many acts can claim to have played their first gig on Earlsfort Terrac(...)

Mountain: head for heights

Crafted from 2,000 hours of footage shot in 15 countries – not to mention such astonishing documents as the recently restored Epic of Everest, from 19(...)

President Michael Higgins (centre) talks with New South Wales’ governor David Hurley(right) as they walk in the garden with TánaisteFrances Fitzgerald at Government House in Sydney on October 17th, 2017. Photograph: AFP

President Michael D Higgins has brushed off reports that Fianna Fáil may decide early next year whether to put forward a presidential candidate in 201(...)

Aoife McCana, left,  winner of the Best Dressed Lady at the Galway Races and Oniesa Owens,  Cavan, who won for Best Hat. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“By the time you get to wear the outfit, you’re sick of it,” said the winner of the best dressed competition for Ladies’ Day at the Galway Races . A(...)

St Patrick surrounded by visiting Spanish students in Dublin in advance of the parade of Friday’s parade. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The luck of the Irish doesn’t always hold weather-wise on St Patrick’s Day but Dublin has been enjoying glorious spring sunshine in the run-up to this(...)

Krendl, the Escapist: “You have to focus on your heart rate. You know you’re losing consciousness, because your fingers go numb.”

We’re sitting in a bar opposite the Folies-Bergères, and I keep waiting for someone to produce an egg out of my ear. I am having drinks with a trio of(...)

Nan Brennan, inside The Criterion Bar, Bundoran, Co. Donegal.Photograph: James Connolly

Walking into Brennan’s Criterion Bar in the seaside town of Bundoran, Co Donegal is like being taken by the hand into a piece of Irish history which h(...)

‘There are ways in which I feel less Irish too: for one thing, I get excited about the prospect of rain.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s been almost two years since we left Ireland for nine months in Australia. Those nine months stretched into a year, and then, just as we were d(...)

Tourism Ireland spent about €65,000 on greening over 120 buildings and monuments worldwide, including the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building as part of an international promotion of our national day. Photograph: Getty Images

Sydney Opera House charged Tourism Ireland more than any other global landmark to “go green” for St Patrick’s Day last year, figures reveal. Tourism I(...)

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