Damien Bastiat, general manager of Ballyfin Hotel in Co Laois. “Time and space are the ultimate luxuries. There will be a maximum of 24 guests in a 40,000 sq ft hotel.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The new Fáilte Ireland operating guidelines for hotels released this week will pose specific challenges for Ireland’s 36 five-star properties, which j(...)

It is  calculated that a 30%  increase in air fares would cut traffic by around the same figure.  Photograph:  Getty Images

Air travellers face potential fare increases of up to 30 per cent in coming years as the EU increases taxes on aviation, high-profile economist Colm M(...)

The Guinness Storehouse, one of Dublin’s major tourist attractions

Dublin has begun showing some warning signs of over “over-tourism”, according to one expert. Prof Jim Deegan, head of the centre for tourism policy s(...)

Dromoland Castle

Friendly fliers Aer Lingus has been named the fifth most family-friendly airline worldwide by travel website Lastminute.com. The research a(...)

Jonny Boyle and his Sticks omakase pop-up menu

A chef friend tipped me off about Sticks, which is one of the most original pop-ups on the Dublin dining scene. Jonny Boyle and Kate O’Donohoe serve a(...)

Dromoland Castle in Co Clare

Get the drift    The coolest autumnal escape this year comes by way of The Driftwood in Rosses Point. In the picturesque seaside village on(...)

Families who favour the finer things in a holiday can look to Mount Juliet for a staycation

Samhain spraoi Fáilte Ireland has launched a new three-day festival in celebration of Halloween’s origins in Irish and Celtic traditions. Púca will t(...)

Dromoland Castle, Co Clare: The five-star hotel was included in a recent security sweep by Irish and US officials. Photograph: Rhona Cashman

The manager of the Co Clare hotel being considered for a possible meeting between the Taoiseach and Donald Trump next month said that officials prepar(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking to reporters at  Inspirefest  in Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin. Photograph:  Collins

The President of the United States is welcome in Ireland but protest “is allowed and is welcome”, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Thursday. Mr Varadk(...)

Under plans being worked on by US officials, Donald Trump may return to Doonbeg from France on June 7th before flying back to the US.

US president Donald Trump will visit Ireland early next month when he travels to the UK for a state visit and France for a war commemoration, sources (...)

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