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Trinity College Dublin spent more then a quarter of a million euro on business class flights last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland’s publicly-funded universities spent about €1.5 million last year flying academics around the world on luxury flights, newly-obtained figures (...)

People riding horses with their eagles during the Spring Eagle Festival in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.  Photograph: Byambasuren Byamba-Ochir/AFP/Getty Images

Mongolia`s harsh winter has killed more than 700,000 heads of livestock this year, the highest toll since 2011, according to the country’s statistics(...)

Mark O’Halloran and Pat Shortt. Photographs: Alan Betson and Brian McEvoy

When did you last cry? Mark: I’m a great person for crying at films, I have to say. Pat: Yeah Mark: I love when that happens because it means you’r(...)

A view of Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, from one of the poor outskirts of the city colloquially referred as ‘ger districts’. Photograph: Didem Tali

At the end of a bright autumn day in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, it is -12 degrees. As the evening falls, thousands of chimneys in the city beg(...)

With more than 650 entries in this year’s Irish Times Travel Writer competition in association with Travel Department, our judges have had some diffi(...)

A Mongolian nomadic woman at her ger or yurt. Photograph: Alison Wright/National Geographic/Getty Images

Two rosy-cheeked little cherubs tumbled playfully with happy squeals around the ger, a traditional round Mongol tent, the novelty of a guest making be(...)

A young Mongolian herder child, with a tradition ger (tent) in the background, braves the cold. Photograph: Paula Bronstein /Getty Images

The interior of the van is covered with thick purple padding to protect passengers from the worst of the bumps, giving it the look and feel of a hip r(...)

Baked Camembert with maple-roasted pecans

How to be a Man is a series exploring masculinity and the challenges face men in Ireland today It’s a little cliched to presume that men’s favouri(...)

The men, all friends from Wesley College in Ballinteer, worked for a year to save money to buy the 2006 Honda CRV which they will now leave behind as a community vehicle in Mongolia. Photograph: 46A to Mongolia Facebook page

Five men, 20 countries, three deserts, two seas - “one crazy idea”. Whether it’s staying in Soviet-era hotels, bribing border guards with cigarettes o(...)

Irish Roots

A few weeks back, the Ordnance Survey Ireland maps website (maps.osi.ie) was taken offline and the worldwide Fraternity of Historic Map Nuts held its (...)

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