Grace O Malley

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Queen Maeve of Connacht is one of the Irish kings and queens whose lives you can follow around Ireland. Illustration: Expedia

The history of Ireland, with our tales of battles and intrigue, kidnappings and murders, plus our strong women who ruled the land, would offer a rich (...)

Exercising in the cold has been shown to stimulate the creation and activity of our body’s brown adipose tisssue, which is also known as brown fat

As the temperature drops over the winter months, the temptation is always there to stay snug indoors by the fire – or even the radiator – rather than (...)

Westport House:  won the Best Leisure Tourism Innovation award at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

The recently sold Westport House in Co Mayo has won the Best Leisure Tourism Innovation award at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards. The property wa(...)

Co Mayo hotelier Cathal Hughes has bought historic Westport House in a deal that will see €50 million invested in the 455 acre estate.

The Mayo-based Hotel Westport Ltd has bought historic Westport House in a deal that will see €50 million invested in the 455 acre estate. The selle(...)

Adrian Herlihy of Day’s Bar on Inishbofin with a 16h century decorated stone believed to be from a “lost” O’Malley castle. Photograph: Marie Coyne

Traces of a “lost” castle once held by 16th-century sea queen Grace O’Malley have been located on Inishbofin off the Connemara coast. Galway city her(...)

1 Grace O’Malley (1530-1603) The Abbey, Clare Island, Co Mayo Pirate queen and warrior princess, clan chieftain and matriarch, Grace O’Malley had (...)

Inishbofin Island, Co Galway, which is famed for its “pirate presence” of Grace O’Malley . Photograph: Frank Miiller/The Irish Times

Inishbofin has become the first Irish island to receive an international ecotourism award. The Ecotourism award, which will be presented today to a (...)

“1916 always seemed like this huge mythical thing for me”: Jimmy Sheeran and John Colbert

History always remembers the big events and the important names, but the stories of the bit players should not be forgotten. This viewpoint was the st(...)

Amid the commemorative events marking the 1916 centenary, Rising makes an intriguing contribution with its collection of human stories. James Sh(...)

Westport House in Co Mayo. File photograph: Keith Heneghan/ Phocus.

The Heritage Council has confirmed that any sale of Westport House before 2017 would require repayment of €2 million in State grants for maintaining t(...)

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