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Bairbre Duggan in Amsterdam where she has lived for 20 years

Bairbre Duggan has been living in Amsterdam for 20 years. Initially drawn by the prospect of spending a few years living in another country, the easy (...)

Murals in Republican and loyalist areas can give a one-sided view of the conflict, anti-terrorism experts say. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Romanticising the Troubles in Northern Ireland is contributing to the risk of a return to violence, experts have warned. Some 40 per cent of people i(...)

Speaking at the Parnell Summer School, Eamon  Gilmore said Ireland needed to pursue the goals in its foreign policy documents supporting multilateral institutions like the EU and UN. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland is one of the “most respected countries in the world” with an influence disproportionate to its size, the EU special representative for human (...)

Families who favour the finer things in a holiday can look to Mount Juliet for a staycation

Samhain spraoi Fáilte Ireland has launched a new three-day festival in celebration of Halloween’s origins in Irish and Celtic traditions. Púca will t(...)

Sandymount Strand, famed in song and story, holds a special place in the hearts of Dubliners. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sandymount Strand, famed in song and story, holds a special place in the hearts of Dubliners. With the two Poolbeg stacks providing a backdrop, its br(...)

Despite being in abundance for decades, there have been no reported sightings of hares on the island over the past five years. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/ Getty Images

Minister for Heritage Josepha Madigan has “no plans” to reintroduce hares to Bull Island, after dogs were blamed for the extinction of the animals fro(...)

Environmental changes and technological advances will radically change the way we travel. Image: iStock/Getty Images

To get an idea of how tricky it is to predict the next 50 years of tourism and travel, we only have to look at what’s happened in the past 10 years. (...)

Sicily’s Taormina, and the Mediterranean Sea

An abundance of great art, historic monuments, stunning locations and some of the best food you’ll eat anywhere: is it any wonder that Italy is one of(...)

Barbecue area in Helsinki’s Suomenlinna Island prison: Most prisoners spend the day restoring and maintaining the fortress for €8 an hour or attending courses in the city. Photograph: Conor Gallagher

The detention facility on Suomenlinna Island in Helsinki is probably the only prison in the world where people trying to get in is a bigger problem th(...)

The last of the Tin Men, James Collins working away in his shed at his home in Avila Park Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

James Collins, one of the last Traveller tinsmiths in Ireland, welcomed the recognition of his craft offered by Unesco, but he wonders who will carry (...)

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