Bhutan

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The two-night ‘Ashford Castle Fairytale experience’ includes private chauffeur, afternoon tea, falconry and lots, lots more - if your pockets are deep enough to afford the €4,350 to €6,350 price tag

A “fairytale” experience at Ashford Castle has been listed as one of the 25 best travel experiences in the world. The listing was compiled by US trav(...)

 Leo Varadkar  will be of three EU leaders under the age of 40. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Leo Varadkar (38) will be the youngest serving EU leader and one of the youngest prime ministers in the world when he becomes Taoiseach in 10 days tim(...)

Joseph O’Brien at work in the Carriganog Stables,  Co Kilkenny.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Having been handed perhaps the shiniest silver spoon in racing, no one can deny Joseph O’Brien’s capacity to cause a stir. At 23, and already finishe(...)

Chinese cityscape: a high-rise under construction in Guangzhou. Photograph: Victorn/iStock/Getty

In the next 15 years, according to one US expert, we will build more cities than we have done in all of history, which means that the approach we take(...)

Children celebrating a festival of happiness and togetherness, in Indore, India. Photograph:  Arun Mondhe/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

A “ministry of happiness” is being instituted in the central Indian province of Madhya Pradesh, to enhance people’s contentment, “augment serenity” an(...)

Prof Martin Seligman, left, and Prof Ian Robertson: According to Seligman: ‘Human beings want much more in life than not to be miserable.’Professor Martin Seligman. Photograph: Paul Sharp/SHARPPIX

One of the great imponderables of human society is how much of our religion, psychology, philosophy and art through the millennia has been dedicated (...)

Impossibly photogenic: the Tiger’s Nest, or Taktsang Palphug, monastery, Bhutan’s most sacred site. Photograph: EyesWideOpen/Getty

I don’t know who wrote the signs along the road that goes from Bhutan’s international airport, at Paro, to Thimphu, the tiny capital, but like almost(...)

Omphalodes ‘Starry Eyes’. Photograph: Paddy Tobin

What is your favourite Irish plant? And no, you’re not allowed to say shamrock … Instead, I’m thinking of the thousands of wonderful garden plants (...)

Dearg was born in June  at Fota Wildlife Park. Photograph: Neil Danton

Fota Wildlife Park in Cork has chosen a strong Irish name for its most recent arrival, a baby Red Panda Cub – named Dearg. Dearg was born in Ju(...)

My husband with our daughter, Aarya, and son, Ruhaan

In the school yard just before the end of term, I got talking to some other mothers about summer holidays. They were planning trips to places such as (...)

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