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A night in Dublin will set you back about €186,  the second most expensive in our selection of cities.

New Zealand tourism expert Prof Michael Hall said on Thursday that he would never recommend a short break in Dublin because the city is a “rip-off”. (...)

Lorde: “My writing this time was inspired by records I really admired, the classic albums like ‘Rumours’ by Fleetwood Mac or ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon. Photograph: Brendan Walter

There’s a lyric on Lorde’s new album, Melodrama, which catches the ear. It runs, “bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark,” and it’s tart,(...)

Steve Hansen: “We take this Test match seriously and respect Samoan rugby. They are a very good team and on their day can cause an upset.” Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

New Zealand v Samoa Venue Eden Park. Kick-off: 8pm local time (9am Irish), Friday. On TV: Live on Sky Sports. The All Blacks will cram their prepa(...)

 Owen Farrell of the Lions misses a crucial penalty against the Highlanders watched by kicking coach Neil Jenkins at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

The Lions provided something of a template for their defence on this tour against the Crusaders last Saturday. But the intriguing, and slightly unne(...)

Blues’ Ihaia West scores the winning try against the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland. Photograph: Peter Meecham/Inpho/Photosport

Blues 22 Lions 16 Conventional wisdom always had it that as abbreviated modern-day tours in the professional era of ten matches or so go, this was th(...)

Robbie Henshaw is looking forward to taking on Sonny Bill Williams on Wednesday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Blues v British and Irish Lions Venue: Eden Park Kick-off: Wednesday 7.35pm local time (8.35am BST) On TV: Live on Sky Sports The Lions’ less than (...)

The All Blacks expect Warren Gatland to stick with his familiar tactics. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Thursday’s front page of the New Zealand Herald probably summed up the phoney war to date as well as anything. To the backdrop of a picture of Warren (...)

 Bryn Gatland  will face his father’s side when he lines out for the New Zealand Provincial Barbarian against the Lions. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

New Zealand Provincial Barbarians v British & Irish Lions Toll Stadium, Whangarei Saturday, 7.35pm local time (8.35am Irish time) On TV: Live (...)

Stuart Hogg and Jonathan Sexton. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Imagine the British and Irish Lions tour in reverse. Warren Gatland picks a 30-man squad to be ensconced in the Vale of Glamorgan. Now leave them the(...)

You won’t get much change from €1,000 for an entry-level  one-bed monthly rental in Dublin; a similar unit in Hong Kong would cost you  almost double that amount

The news that average rents in South Co Dublin have surpassed those in some parts of London will have set alarm bells ringing for Irish people based a(...)

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