Damien Bastiat, general manger of Ballyfin Hotel in Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Damien Bastiat wipes the rain drops off the windscreen of our golf buggy with a cloth, hops on the driver’s seat, and we’re off on a whirlwind tour of(...)

Cnoc na dTobar pilgrim path in Co Kerry

Irish tourism is booming; a whopping 9.5 million visitors came from overseas last year, almost double our national population. Domestic holidaymakers (...)

Kayaking on the Suir Blueway.

As far as I was concerned, Tipperary was synonymous with a famous song, some pretty good hurlers, a colourful past and a lot of well-bred horses. I wo(...)

Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? (...)

One of the limestone statues which was stolen from Milltown Castle in Co Cork in 2011. Photograph: An Garda

A Co Cork family on Monday welcomed home historic limestone statues of King William of Orange and Oliver Cromwell and two huge eagles which were stole(...)

Boxing Day was when servants received a box of gifts from employers. Photograph: iStock

What is Christmas? The short answer is that it’s a Christian festival that celebrates the birth of Jesus. According to the nativity story, Mary and J(...)

View through a gate at Johnstown Castle to the visitors centre. Photograph: Mary Browne

As another National Heritage Week draws to a close, it’s clear that Ireland’s relationship to “the big house” has evolved considerably since the days (...)

St Oliver Plunkett

The National Monuments Service has been contacted about another Meath archaeological find, uncovered by the heatwave - the possible childhood home of (...)

Burren

Today marks the beginning of Heritage Week which runs (counterintuitively) for the next 10 days. This year the focus is on natural heritage, and incor(...)

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