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A section of the walkers reach the summit of Mount Brandon

Like many other walkers, I like to take advantage of the long daylight hours of summer to take a tilt at a good long ridge walk. This year I decided t(...)

Mac a tSíthigh was known for his quick wit, and his three commandments for the ‘Naomhóg na Tinte’ crew were ‘no captain, no complaining, no anger’

Dómhnall Mac a tSíthigh, who died off the Iberian coast after his naomhóg capsized last month, was an award-winning storyteller and poet, broadcaster,(...)

Kilkenny Castle: Ireland continues to perform well in the domestic market. Photograph: Carsten Krieger

Falling numbers of British tourists coming to Ireland is causing concern for many businesses all over the country. The latest CSO figures show a drop(...)

Early risers were identified by the Taoiseach in campaign for the Fine Gael leadership

Leo Varadkar will be pleased to discover that his constituency of Dublin West is home to a higher-than-average number of people who get up early in th(...)

The way gin is served – fishbowl-style glasses with garnishes  – adds to its fashionability. Photograph: Getty Images

No other drink has had such an image turnaround as gin. Such are the currently booming sales of the spirit in Ireland and abroad that the drinks indus(...)

Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich outside the house he built on a truck in Baile na bPoc. Locals in the west Kerry Gaeltacht are finding it almost impossible to get planning permission. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Tiny-house living fascinates Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, though it is more by accident than design. His own tigín in west Kerry’s Baile na bPoc bears all(...)

The giant squid in Dingle Oceanworld. A normal-sized squid – about 30 times smaller – has been placed beside its head. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

A giant squid caught off the southwest coast this week is only the sixth documented Irish sighting of the elusive marine creature on record. The squi(...)

Kerry’s Mark O’Connor celebrates with the trophy after Kerry’s victory in the 2015 All-Ireland minor football championship final . Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mark O’Connor will make his AFL debut on Saturday, just a matter of months after playing his first official game of Aussie Rules. The former Kerry pr(...)

Opel’s Ampera-e: €34,950 in Germany after tax incentives

Opel’s Ampera-e is the motoring Valium to relieve range anxiety. The long-awaited leap towards realistic mileage between charges was initially deliver(...)

‘Detaching myself from the throng, I gaze upon the 360 degree cornucopia of wonder that I never grow weary of’

This week my offering comes from a room in the sublimely located Castlerosse Hotel, which offers some seriously attractive views over Killarney’s reno(...)

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