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50 of the best picnic spots in Ireland: nothing says summer like cheese and onion crisps with an optional sprinkling of sand and a spectacular view of coast, waterfall, lighthouse or forest. Photograph: E+/Getty

The French invented picnics. The Australians professionalised them, adding high-tech portable barbecues, 13 kinds of posh hummus, and sun shades so co(...)

Children at Skerries beach. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Skerries in Co Dublin was not the only winner of the 2016 Tidy Towns competition. Birdhill in Co Tipperary won the prize as Ireland’s tidiest villa(...)