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The Sheep’s Head Peninsula, southwest of Bantry, is all about the rugged landscapes. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Ireland’s largest county is not easily summarised in one – or 10 – articles. But any Cork primer should start in Cork city itself, and highly recommen(...)

A summer’s day in Kinsale: Photograph: Conor Pope

Day One “Stupid Covid. I should be in Portugal, ” I think morosely as I stare at my overflowing suitcase and wonder what I’ve forgotten to pack for m(...)

Charles Fort, Kinsale, Co Cork, where the tops of the walls are home to flowering grasses, mosses and heathers. File photograph: Paddy Whelan

At a distance Charles Fort in Kinsale looms up from the landscape in shades of grey stone but once you get closer you can see that its surface is actu(...)

Contemporary home in Kinsale designed by raineyarchitects.com. Photograph: f22photography.ie

Known as the gourmet capital of Ireland Kinsale, the Co Cork coastal playground resonates with a high-octane energy – even in the depths of winter. I(...)

The lighthouse at Fanad Head, Co Donegal, is one of the delights of the Wild Atlantic Way.

The 2,500km Wild Atlantic Way is not just Ireland’s first long distance touring route, it is one of the world’s most magnificent coastal adventures – (...)

A seascape from the Giles Norman  West Cork 2017 collection

We’ve all had the experience of being inspired to visit a place by gorgeous photographs, and then being hugely disappointed by the reality. There’s th(...)

Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival at Trim Castle

If the thought of heading back to homework, uniforms and school lunches is hard to bear, just think how the kids feel. The best way to brush off the b(...)

For a small nation, we've plenty to boast about

CONNACHT Galway Galway has always been a hub for visitors, notably including Christopher Columbus, who pitched up in 1477 and is thought to have atte(...)

The Lookout, by Brian O’Doherty, at Charles Fort for Kinsale Arts Festival. Photograph: John Allen

The arts aren’t unique: everyone has seen cuts to funding, but as artists and arts organisations are told to raise more money from an already s(...)

The Pyramids in Egypt go green for St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Kevin Wolahan

From the Pyramids and the Sphinx to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, almost 70 of the world’s most iconic sites greened-up for(...)