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Children from around the country compete in table tennis at the Aldi Community Games Festivals. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

The table quiz final at the Community Games is barely two rounds old and already the fat lady has started to clear her throat within earshot of the te(...)

Cue the national self-flagellation. “Mortified,” we were. Was ‘Father Ted’ really a comedy or a documentary?

Dispatches from Ireland, a peculiar rain-drenched outcrop at the edge of civilised Europe, indicate that John Charles McQuaid himself has returned fro(...)

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick has stepped down from the  board planning the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital.  File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Plans to relocate the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) to a religious-owned site at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin have suffered a fresh (...)

Daniel O’Donnell: “I think whether somebody likes my music or not they look up and say, ‘Well, that fecker up there is having a ball.’”  Photograph: Dave Meehan

I am in the Mullingar Park Hotel watching 55-year-old Daniel O’Donnell dancing with a broom. It’s midway through a three-hour gig and he’s gadding abo(...)

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Mount Stewart is an 18th century house and gardens in Northern Ireland owned by the National Trust. Situated on the east shore of Strangford Lough, the lush Mediterranean-inspired gardens are a must-see for those with green-fingered inclinations

NEWS Class act: Budget airline WOW Air has upgraded its seat offering with a new three-tier booking system. Now travellers will be able to choose fro(...)

The Boora Pyramid at Lough Boora Discovery Park, Co Offaly.
Family walks for Christmas
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  • December 21, 2016, 13:00

Often, I am asked my favourite season for exploring the countryside. Most expect it will be spring or autumn, but actually it’s Christmastime that doe(...)

Brendan O’Carroll as Agnes Brown in the Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special 2016, which will be broadcast on RTÉ One and BBC One on Christmas Day. Photograph: Graeme Hunter Pictures

Endless clip shows have a way of creating fake television memories, but I will swear on the faltering life of my Virgin Media box that on Christmas Da(...)

Rich and creamy ham and cabbage pie: topped with velvet mash speckled with steamed cabbage and spring onions, it is perfect for Halloween.

Recently I was singing the praises of our Irish tea brack to a Welsh journalist who was exploring traditional Irish Halloween customs. Along with bobb(...)

The Apple campus in Cork. The European Commission has found that Ireland offered Apple a “selective advantage” by the way it applied the rules to the US multinational – in other words it gave it too generous a deal, and one which was not on offer to other companies.

The final details of the European Commission’s decision on Apple is full of complexity and obscure points of tax and competition law. But the essence(...)

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