Boyne Valley

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October 2014: TK Whitaker with his grandson Conor, age 10,  during a gathering organised by the SDLP  to honour his life and achievements. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ken Whitaker’s life paralleled the history of the modern Irish State in whose economic, financial, social, educational, political and cultural evoluti(...)

Bosco meets Erik Sprague aka The Lizardman in Dublin’s Smithfield for the 2016 Laya City Spectacular. This year’s event takes place from July 7th-9th (Dublin), 15th-16th (Cork). Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

JANUARY Out to Lunch January 6th-29th Take a trip to Belfast for a mind-expanding programme that includes music from James Vincent McMorrow, a live(...)

A stream of golden sunlight passes through the window box and along the passage way leading into the burial chamber of Newgrange during the  winter solstice. Photograph: Alan Betson

Trapping the winter solstice sun at Newgrange in Co Meath is not a 5,000-year-old phenomenon, but a 50-year-old “construct”, according to a former St(...)

Jeff Buckley backstage at Trinity Ball

From The Smiths at Dundalk’s Fairways Hotel to Nirvana playing the Top Hat in Dún Laoghaire and David Bowie in the Baggot Inn, there are some concert(...)

The 300-year-old Thatcher’s Rest Cottage, set on six miles of sandy beach in the Boyne valley.

Thatched Treasure A self-catering cottage in Bettystown, Co Meath, has been named Best Holiday Home Beach House in this year’s European Holiday Hom(...)

The heaviest fish on Sheelin last week was a trout of 3.6kg caught by Slane angler Christopher Defillon.

Garmin, global leader of satellite navigation, has announced its support as a key sponsor for this year’s Rosslare Small Boats Festival, one of the mo(...)

The Foodie Destinations initiative was originally part of the Irish Restaurant Awards but has proved so popular it became a separate entity in 2015. Image: Restaurants Association of Ireland

Ten locations have been shorlisted for the best “foodie destination” in Ireland. Boyne Valley, Cong in Co Mayo, Derry, the Dublin coastal villages o(...)

Lismore, Co Waterford: Situated close to the river Blackwater, Lismore is a charming and historical town with a wealth of heritage to discover

A round practically every corner in Ireland’s Ancient East you can discover fascinating echoes of the past. This region holds some of the world’s fin(...)

Antiques dealer John McGrane pictured in his Gormanston, Co Meath premises. Photograph: Dave Meehan

John McGrane is the founder and owner of Delvin Farm Country Antiques in Gormanston, Co Meath. He will retire tomorrow  after 40 years in the bu(...)

JP McMahon: “We have a strong history of blue cheese in Ireland and I really think this is where we shine best.”
Culinaria: Blue cheese, please

Many of us panic at Christmas time and purchase far more than we need. Is it because the shops will be closed for one day that we need to stock up on(...)

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