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Clare Island Lighthouse.

Mayo has long been a favoured destination for lovers of the great outdoors. It’s also a firm favourite for those who love great hotels. Put them toget(...)

The historic Westport House hotel.

Summer time and the living is easy, and easier still if you can raid the piggy bank and head off for some well earned rest and relaxation. If you’ve (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Archbishop’s House in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times.

The most influential Catholic prelate in Ireland Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is 15 years Archbishop of Dublin this month. He is 20 years a bishop and w(...)

Diarmuid Martin (74), who has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome. “One thing I would not want is that there would be a vacuum or that there would be a prolonged period of speculation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, turned 74 on April 8th. He has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome, a(...)

Knockranny house: offers  lots of that calm and quiet we all crave in January. Photograph: iStock

Never before have I set out for a road trip with boiled eggs in Tupperware for snacking, instead of bags of Haribo on the dashboard. Diets are deeply (...)

Along with ‘The Reek’, Westport offers a large range of outdoor activities. Photograph: Brian Cregan

For many years, Westport as a destination appeared to play second fiddle to its nearby relative, the rugged, enchanting Connemara. But that was then, (...)

A child during the World Meeting of Families closing Mass in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

At major public events, when a child is lost, it’s not unusual to hear an announcement calling for a parent to claim their little darling. Not much (...)

Pope Francis  waves as he arrives for his weekly general audience at the Vatican this week. Photograph:  Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Hoteliers have said initial hype around the papal visit’s anticipated impact on accommodation never materialised, with availability and prices remaini(...)

Cyclists crossing Burrishoole bridge on the Great Western Greenway, Co Mayo.

When it was completed in 2011, this wonderfully scenic route along the northern side of Clew Bay was the longest greenway in Ireland. It was an innova(...)

A short holiday at home is the perfect way to spend the last days of summer. Photograph: iStock
Have an August adventure

There’s nothing as depressing for kids as trying on new school uniforms in summer, so how about schools of a different kind? A boat trip from Dolphinw(...)

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