Holiday homes on Achill Island. The self-catering sector has been dealt another blow by the exit of British operator from the Irish market.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

One of Europe’s largest holiday rental businesses has announced that it is pulling out of Ireland after 26 years in another blow for the country’s ree(...)

Jacinta Doolan: “We have knowledgeable, energetic call centre staff who are very familiar with local tourist attractions and can help customers choose the right property for their holiday.” photograph: peter moloney

Trident Holiday Homes was set up in 1986 with eight properties in Dublin. Today it has over 1,000 nationwide. The company employs 36 people and(...)

Summer is coming. Maybe not yet in Ireland, but certainly so on the continent. However, with austerity tightening family budgets all around the(...)

Jean Butler cheers on the dancers taking part in Riverdance: The Gathering Longest Line on Sunday, as 1,693 dancers from 44 countries gathered on the Liffey quays to break the previous world record of 652 people dancing in a line, set in Nashville, Tennessee. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

If you’ve heard of The Gathering, you’ll have an opinion on it. Gabriel Byrne certainly did. Last November the actor described the year-long initiativ(...)