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Zara’s Planet: people told Zara Stassin that her equestrian-holiday company would never work. Today she sends more than 1,600 people to their own horsey heaven in more than 30 countries

Anyone over 40 will remember how the late, great Gillian Bowler put package holidays on the map here with Budget Travel. The original low-cost-marketi(...)

Inch beach in Co Kerry.

Inch beach on the Dingle peninsula has been awarded the top spot as Ireland’s best beach for 2018 by Tripadvisor. The Blue Flag Inch beach stretches (...)

Saverio Bellante had been Tom O’Gorman’s lodger at the time of the killing in January, 2014.

The family of a man, whose killer ate parts of his body, has been granted the transcript from the murder trial due to a concern about the care the kil(...)

Umbria has a rich cultural history,  and its countryside is dotted with towns that make delightful day-long diversions.

Are there still parts of Italy that are undiscovered country for Irish tourists? Many Irish people will at some point have seen a friend married in It(...)

‘Historia del Huerfano’, or The Orphan’s Story, charts the progress of a 14-year-old Spaniard who leaves Granada and heads to the Americas to seek his fortune. File photograph: iStock

Four hundred years after it was written, a lost and supposedly cursed Golden Age novel chronicling the splendour, adventure and violence of Spain’s im(...)

Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister and founder of Forza Italia, on an Italian TV show in  January. Photograph: Getty Images

With his perfectly dyed dark hair and his ivory-white teeth glistening in the lights of the television studio, Silvio Berlusconi – the octogenarian co(...)

Lava spews from the Mayon volcano in Manila, the Philippines, as it continues to erupt. Photograph: Charism Sayat/AFP/Getty Images

It is one of nature’s most destructive acts – and one of its most unpredictable; when an active volcano re-activates, spewing molten lava and threaten(...)

Dan Martin in the Tour de France this year: cyclist has left the QuickStep Floors squad he competed with for the past two years, and joined  UAE Team Emirates. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

While the start of the 2018 racing season is still over a month away, Irish riders are building their form and will shortly embark on intensive traini(...)

Bombmalta

In the two years before the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia last month, there were five car bombs on the island of Ma(...)

Mafia boss Salvatore “Toto” Riina, after his arrest in 1993. Photograph: Marie-Laure Messana/AFP/Getty Images

Salvatore “Toto” Riina, the Sicilian Mafia’s most powerful boss of the 20th century who was convicted of ordering dozens of murders, died of natural c(...)

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