Ashford Castle

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Winter walks

Hiking in the outdoors is a great way of staying in shape, and a well-proven gateway to a healthy and positive lifestyle. At summer’s end however, man(...)

 Vicki O’Toole, owner JJ O’Toole Ltd in Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Before Vicki O’Toole made the plunge into business, her life moved at an altogether more leisurely pace. A regular on the golf course for a 9.20am tee(...)

Best country house breakfast: Longueville House, Mallow, Co Cork

The champions of breakfast across Ireland have just been announced with two castles on the Wild Atlantic Way taking gold in the top tier categories, a(...)

Ballyfin, Co Laois: privacy, security and Irish hospitality. Photograph: Ballyfin

The hotel industry has welcomed the strong showing of Irish hotels in Condé Nast’s annual best hotels in the world, including Ballyfin in Co Laois whi(...)

Guess who’s cooking dinner? Fifteen of Ireland’s top chefs are swapping kitchens  and tickets have just gone on sale

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to dine on roast quail and chateaubriand in the rarified surroundings of Le Coq Hardi, former taoiseach Char(...)

James Franklin Fuller’s legacy: Kylemore Abbey. Photograph: Courtesy National Library of Ireland

For someone so self-obsessed, James Franklin Fuller left remarkably little archival material behind him. Perhaps that’s why, in spite of his built (...)

The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, and his wife, Madam Cheng, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Garvey’s farm Gortbrack, Co Mayo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Chinese premier Li Keqiang and Taoiseach Enda Kenny have signed two new memoranda of understanding during a visit by a high-level Chinese delegation i(...)

First impressions of Uppercourt Manor suggest a vast country estate in the north Kilkenny countryside. But there’s a twist. The partially restored,(...)

Included in the sale is a bronze bust of John Wayne

On July 23rd last year almost 4,000 people streamed to the quaint village of Cong, Co Mayo, in the hope of picking up a piece of Ashford Castle’s hist(...)

Upgrade of Ashford Castle has included new roofing, windows and electrical systems, and the installation of air conditioning

Ashford Castle in Co Mayo will remain open in the run-up to Christmas and the New Year after its South African owners decided to push back the date f(...)

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