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Kevin Downes in action for Na Piarsaigh in the All-Ireland semi-final win over Slaughteneil.  “I’d watch club finals on St Patrick’s Day and never once even thought about being there.”  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

“No interest whatsoever,” says Kevin Downes about rugby, realising that might not be the popular answer. At least not depending on your definition of(...)

Bedroom details from Hunter’s Yard, Kilkenny.

If you haven’t stayed in a hotel lately, you are in for a big surprise. All over Ireland hotels are refurbishing and renovating after 10 languid years(...)

About 84 per cent of restaurants reported difficulties hiring chefs.

The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) has sharply criticised the Government for the crippling skills shortage in the industry that is forcing I(...)

Niall Dorrian, chief executive of Linked Finance with Kieran Murphy, founder of Dingle, Co Kerry-based Murphy’s Ice Cream. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The Michael Cawley-backed business peer-to-peer lending platform, Linked Finance, says 72 per cent of the SMEs that have used it to raise cash have gr(...)

Zara’s Planet: people told Zara Stassin that her equestrian-holiday company would never work. Today she sends more than 1,600 people to their own horsey heaven in more than 30 countries

Anyone over 40 will remember how the late, great Gillian Bowler put package holidays on the map here with Budget Travel. The original low-cost-marketi(...)

Project Ireland 2040: a new Metro link is due to run between Swords and Sandyford, in Dublin

Project Ireland 2040 aims to provide balanced regional development, in order to reduce Dublin’s growing economic domination, and to improve the State’(...)

Star gaze at Finn Lough forest domes in Co Fermanagh

The most read feature in travel in 2017 was not about some exotic location abroad, but 100 of the best places to stay in Ireland. It seems when it com(...)

A Christmas tree in the great hall at Adare Manor in Adare, Co Limerick.

As you tuck into your Brussels sprouts this Christmas, spare a thought for those paying top dollar for the privilege of dining in some of Ireland’s pr(...)

This is Irish food: Aisling Rock, European Young Chef 2017, of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Type “Irish food” into an internet search engine and the chances are you’ll get back lamb stew, bacon and cabbage, and fried breakfasts. Nothing wrong(...)

A Christmas treat: Westbury Hotel festive afternoon tea

Afternoon tea – an overpriced sugar fest, or a chance to relax in comfortable surroundings and catch up with friends and family over a cup of tea and (...)

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