Cycling on the beach at Jurmala, Latvia – not as easy as it looks

There are, broadly speaking, two types of cycling holidays. There’s those cyclists you see on, say, the Beara Peninsula, slogging uphill with packed p(...)

Manchester United manager José Mourinho and Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

José Mourinho believes Manchester United will thrive in the “huge animosity” of Anfield on Saturday because his players will relish the atmosphere. U(...)

Adelaide Road synagogue in  Dublin 2. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

The State’s Jewish population has risen by 28.9 per cent, or 573, since 2011, according to the 2016 census. The population of Jews in Ireland had bee(...)

In Ireland, we dodge ladders, black cats and magpies, but other cultures have their own seemingly senseless superstitions. Photograph: Getty Images

Consider yourself superstitious? Do you dodge ladders, black cats and magpies? If so, here are 13 more superstitions for you to take note of as you tr(...)

Overall, house prices in the EU rose 4.4 per cent compared to the second quarter

Ireland recorded the second highest increase in house prices in the European Union during the April to June quarter, according to new figures publishe(...)

A protest outside the Department of Justice against the direct provision system: “Don’t tell me that direct provision and being the only EU country apart from Lithuania that bans asylum seekers from working is the only solution the Irish can come up with to control the immigration of persecuted people from poor countries.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

My husband and I, with our four children, have been living as Nigerian asylum seekers in direct provision for three years and nine months. The fanatic(...)

The proportion of people who are foreign nationals fell  to 11.6 per cent in 2016. The CSO attributes this fall, in part, to the rapid rise in the number of people with dual Irish nationality. Photograph: The Irish Times

The number of people in Ireland who hold dual Irish nationality has increased by nearly 90 per cent over the last five years, according to the latest (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin watches the Zapad-2017 war games with minister for defence Sergei Shoigu (left) and chief of the general staff of Russian armed forces Valery Gerasimov (second right) in Leningrad, Russia. Photograph:  Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin watched his country’s military take part in the major “Zapad” war games on Monday, amid continuing concern from Nato (...)

Opposition supporters and one of the Belarusian opposition leaders Vladimir Nekliaev take part in a rally during a protest against the upcoming Zapad military exercises in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Russian military jets and helicopters have landed in neighbouring Belarus ahead of Thursday’s start of major war games that are unnerving nearby Nato (...)

Russian deputy defence minister Alexander Fomin  at a briefing in Moscow on Tuesday on the military exercise Zapad-2017. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Nato has requested more access for its observers to major Russian-led war games next month, as the alliance’s four new battle groups in the Baltic reg(...)