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The popularity of the site has increased since it appeared in the Star Wars film series.

Licences to operate boats that will ferry tourists to and from Skellig Michael have been put out to tender by the Office of Public Works (OPW). Boat (...)

The famous ‘Weihnachtsmarkt’ (Christmas Market) in Salzburg. Photograph: Getty Images

“All is calm, all is bright”, as the first flakes of snow fall on Salzburg’s spires and fairy-tale rooftops. This year, heralding Advent and the lead-(...)

When did everyone in Ireland start using the vowel “o” in a certain single-syllable version of the informal term for mother? Did I miss a meeting at w(...)

Without doubt hurling satisfies the requirement for a cultural practice to be, “traditional, contemporary and living at the same time”, but whether it is “fragile in the face of increasing globalisation” is open to question.

The decision by Unesco to grant “Intangible Cultural Heritage” status to camogie and hurling – or as the ICH website terms it in an unexpected grasp o(...)

A jasmin flower pictured in Plascassier near Grasse, France. File photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

The ancient sport of hurling is in equal parts completely terrifying, hugely exciting and uniquely Irish. In 2014 after Sky started screening the spo(...)

Hurling: GAA welcomes ‘prestigious’ listing by Unesco

The sports of hurling and camogie have been granted special cultural status by the United Nations, along with Jamaican reggae and Chidaoba, a form of (...)

The ice-skating rink at Patinoire de la Place D’Youville in Québec City.

It took the Carnaval de Québec for the penny to drop: confusing the festivities of winter for Christmas is as daft as mistaking autumn for Halloween. (...)

Photograph: Alan Betson 20/8/08Starbucks Dawson Street

Monday Results: Mondelez, HSBC, Pappa John’s Pizza. Indicators: UK housing prices (Oct); mortgage lending (Sep), lending to individuals (Sep), con(...)

China is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in Nepal, its mountainous southern neighbour

Many of the dozens of Hindu and Buddhist temples dotted around Kathmandu’s Durbar Square were devastated in the April 2015 earthquake. Where ornate, U(...)

Liga Jarovoja (right) and Bronagh Beattie, head chef and sous chef at the new Merrow restaurant in the PÁLÁS Arthouse Cinema in Galway

Merrow restaurant, named after the mermaids of Irish folklore, opened this week at the PÁLÁS Arthouse Cinema in Galway’s Latin Quarter. Latvian-born L(...)

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