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Mairéad Sparkes enjoying a riding session with Anna Nowicka, therapeutic riding coach at Festina Lente Equestrian Centre in Bray, Co Wicklow. Clara O’Donnell is leading the horse, with Emma Fitzgerald on Mairéad’s right.

What is it about horses that make them such amenable creatures to work with? More than 350 people from Europe, North and South America, South Africa,(...)

Taking a hike? Speculation is rife that House speaker Paul Ryan is preparing to step down from the post. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo /EPA

Even by the usual standards of Donald Trump’s presidency, it was a busy week in Washington as the political world prepared for next week’s Christmas r(...)

Perfect cycling conditions for a picturesque loop in Co Clare peppered with monuments and places of interest.  Photograph: Mark McGrath

Start your cycle in the matchmaking centre of the world, Lisdoonvarna, popularised by the Christy Moore song. Cycle south-west on the R478 to Doolin a(...)

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(...)

Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic have since 2010 have been collecting the remains of couples’ break-ups and exhibiting them in their Museum of Broken Relationships (above). File photograph: Hrvoje Polan/AFP/Getty Images

In an accidental irony, one of the most romantic places in Croatia, a spot that lends itself to first kisses and whispered pledges, has also come to s(...)

Portrait of Thomas MacDonagh by Mick O’Dea

Thomas MacDonagh is one of the most fascinating characters behind the Easter Rising. He was born in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, in 1878, the child of (...)

Up for the count: Micheál Martin celebrates his re-election in Cork. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Micheál Martin has never been in a stronger position as Fianna Fáil leader. His position is analogous to that of Claudio Ranieri, the manager of ungl(...)

Thomas Kent: charges dismissed at Cork Police Court

February 29th, 1916 Recruiting meeting in Galway for Connaught Rangers: About 60 “Sinn Féin Volunteers” arrived and tried to force way through . On(...)

John Paul Phelan

John Paul Phelan (37) served as a member of the Oireachtas banking inquiry in the last Dáil. He grew up on a farm in Tullogher, Kilkenny, and first ca(...)

 UCD manager Nicky English: His side  are the outsiders of the semi-final quartet largely because they lack   well-known players but as a collective they have been extraordinarily strong. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

The Fitzgibbon Cup this weekend in Cork IT unusually sees no participants from the host city. It’s largely a Limerick invasion with all three college(...)

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