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The slow but steady increase in the number of foreign tourists coming to Ireland this year presents an opportune moment to review tourism policy, whic(...)

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper tackles James O’Donoghue of Kerry during their All-Ireland senior football semi-final at Croke Park earlier this month. The corner back says his side didn’t lose their composure despite conceding three first-half goals in the game. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The last thing any player should be revealing before an All-Ireland final is a sudden and crippling loss of confidence. Now is not the time for even t(...)

Climbing Croagh Patrick in Mayo has been described as  the ultimate pilgrimage by Lonely Planet’s latest guide. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three attractions in counties Mayo, Monaghan and Sligo have been included in the Lonely Planets’ newest guide book.The Lonely Planet’s 1,000 Ultimate (...)

Dublin’s Dean Rock: has played a total of 70 minutes across Dublin’s five games, chipping in with 10 points – all but two from play. Photograph: Inpho

They are the second wave of the tsunami, the aftershock that comes to rattle you just when you’ve seen the first one off. Wherever Mayo stand with 20 (...)

 Aoibhinn Ní  Shúilleabháin is convinced Mayo will win All-Ireland football final. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Mayo senior footballers have brought only heartbreak to broadcaster Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin. How could it be otherwise for a Mayo woman born in 1983(...)

Tourist market: the farmer’s market at  Dún Laoghaire is the type of event that appeals to French visitors. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh
15 ways to improve Irish tourism
  • Ireland
  • September 16, 2013, 01:00

“US visitors want the History Channel experience in Ireland through specific events to plan their trip around. To see a historical battle re-created o(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin and the Dublin squad observe the national anthem before the All-Ireland quarter-final against Cork. ‘There’s a great esprit de corps. A great bond. And a great belief’, says Gavin of his squad. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The drumbeat build-up to an All-Ireland final can be one of two things. It can be a riot of percussion, with cymbals crashing and bass thumping or it (...)

Gathering at the maypole: children re-create happy memories for visitors to the Bayno, or Iveagh Trust play centre in Dublin, where they and thousands of others spent time after school as children between 1913 and the 1970s. Photograph: Alan Betson

Message to the State: “Hands off our Gathering.” While Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar was saying this week that the Gathering, as successful as it(...)

Sanjeev Chada (43) who has been charged with murdering his sons, Eoghan (10) and Ruairi (5).

A father charged with the murder of his two sons has been remanded in custody to appear in court next month.Sanjeev Chada (43) from Ballinkillen, Bage(...)

Myself and Galway’s Seán Ó Domhnaill exchange shirts after the drawn All-Ireland final in 2000. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

A friend of mine is halfway to a fortune after the hurling final. Whatever notion took him, he managed to back the double on both All-Ireland finals e(...)

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