It’s the little things about Ashford Castle that makes a stay there so enjoyable, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.
A women’s co-operative in Malawi shows that people can learn to help themselves with great results, writes Isabel Conway.
The administrative seat of the EU is also a fun, beautiful city of elegant restaurants, splendid architecture and museums, says Tony Clayton-Lea.More
Tony Clayton-Lea flies into Venice and makes his way around one of Italy’s most famous regions to experience beautiful landscapes, hidden gems, vineyards and glorious late spring sunshineMore
Barbara Scully is, by her own admission, a full-blown Irish Mammy who travels half way round the world to see her Australian-based daughter. This time round, the family all met up in the Indonesian island of Bali for an alternativeMore
As the city prepares to host the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, Arlene Harris samples the delights of Vienna.More
Richard Fitzpatrick visits the massive urban sprawl of Mexico City which has a surprisingly spacious and uncrowded feel to it; however getting around isn’t so easy and taxi drivers will most likely take you for a ride.More
Darren Norris visited the Mediterranean nation with the preconceived idea that it was only for the middle-aged and upwards — and only to be explored in the summer. He was wrong on both counts, he admits.More
Dan MacCarthy goes to the Algarve on the southern end of Portugal to discover a more energetic side of the perennially popular holiday region.More
Suzanne Harrington returns home with a boyfriend who has never visited Cork and finds there have been many changes over the years to a city which has embraced the new but hung on to the best parts of the old.More
From bustling bazaars by the Bosphorus, to following in the footsteps of The Fisherman, Eoin Edwards gained a once-in-a-lifetime experience when he undertook a tour of Istanbul and the Holy Land.More
John Daly travels far south for the first time — but this is no backpack trek — this is a Branston safari....More
Since the days when authors like Hemingway and Tennessee Williams set up camp, Key West has always been a potent magnet for people looking to drift away from the real world for a while, writes John Daly.
Tony Clayton-Lea offers a list of holiday destinations at home and away.More
Walking through bubbling, rock strewn landscapes proved to be the perfect holiday for practised rambler, Paul McCarthy, who is already planning his return to the ‘land of fire and ice’.More
Conor Power visits a chapel in the French region of Provence which was completely designed by artist Henri Matisse as a tribute to a woman who took care of him when he was diagnosed with cancer in 1941.
Brian Canty gets a Rocky Mountain ride on the ultimate road trip with his father in Colorado — where the mountains are high along with the people.More
Conor Power travels to the far reaches of the Adriatic. Crossing from Dubrovnik in Croatia, to Kotor in Montenegro, is akin to travelling back in time, from clean modernity to a city that time has largely forgotten.More
They say to find a man’s true character, you must play golf with him... a frightening prospect for anyone unfortunate enough to be paired with this lumberjack.More
Every country has its hidden gems, but it’s possible that Portugal has more than most in its collection of pousadas — or high-end historic lodging houses. Tony Clayton-Lea travelled to Portugal to road-test a few of these palatial pousadas, as well as taking in the Portuguese interior.
THE waitress in Kinsale’s cosy cafe, Poet’s Corner, confides: “if you were to listen to all the chat and gossip in here, you would have enough material for ten novels.”More
Tony Clayton-Lea says time is of the essence if you don’t want to be left behind - and early booking is crucial when it comes to popular sun destinations.
Here are 10 of our favourite places to buy cake in the French capital, Paris.More
Norway may be expensive, but the experiences of getting up close with whales and catching the sacred Northern Lights are most definitely worth it, writes Manchán Magan.More
Although a late convert, Eoin English is smitten with family holidays ‘en France’.More
Lucy McCarthy, 16, stepped out of her comfort zone to immerse herself in a two-month trip of a lifetime. It proved to be a class adventure.
Stoke up romance and book a getaway together in Ireland, away from the madding crowds. Pamper yourselves in a spa, have your fill of love in a top class restaurant, or get dreamy under the stars on a romantic moonlight paddle.More
TRAVEL and how we experience that longed-for getaway, be it in the sun, snow, wilderness or a city break, changes faster than those enticing last-minute holiday package offers posted in your local travel agency shopfront.
Elizabeth O’Neill joined an international crew circumnavigating the island of Cuba.
Martina Tyrrell and her husband packed in their jobs, bought a boat and with some trepidation, sailed off into the sunset with their young family.
Research is key when planning a fulfilling — and financially viable — break. Among other things, it pays to shop around and be flexible in terms of your travel days, writes Tony Clayton-Lea.
Alan Shortt quickly finds his feet in Austria’s Kitzbueheler Alps and discovers zooming down the slopes, arms outstretched, is the closest a man can get to flying without wings.
Fascinated with Nordic Noir and Scandinavian street fashion, Michelle Doyle wasn’t disappointed with a visit to the Swedish capital where cool truly rules.
Conall Ó Fátharta hits the slopes as a beginner, in Austria, and discovers the thrill of the descent as well as a true sense of achievement, which make his aches and pains more tolerable and a beer more welcome.More