South Africa: Close encounters on the Eastern Cape
As South Africans go to the polls this Wednesday, hoping to see more post-apartheid promises met - and on the 25th anniversary of the country's first democratic elections and Mandela coming to...
As South Africans go to the polls this Wednesday, hoping to see more post-apartheid promises met - and on the 25th anniversary of the country's first democratic elections and Mandela coming to...
We weren't the only ones thinking about a good catch-up, because while we are checking in to Clayton Whites Hotel, we stand looking at the...
As the plane touches down in St Petersburg, there's a great feeling of excitement. No one in our small travel group has been to Russia before, or had thought a four-day city break in St Petersburg...
We are greeted by a summery sky when we disembark in Galway, which is still not to be taken for granted given that our original plan to go west had been postponed due to the Beast from the...
The best recommendation for a holiday destination is the reaction you get when you say you're heading there. Whenever I said I was off to Collioure, the faces of those who'd already been went soft and...
Oscar-nominated Melanie Griffith took some time out to go skiing in Aspen, and the 59-year-old glowed with health while spending time in the posh Colorado ski resort.
Kate Moss's half-sister Lottie is fast making a name for herself in the modelling world. Already, the 18-year-old has modelled for Calvin Klein and has graced the cover of British Vogue.
Chart-topper Adele is set to tour Australia - and why not. Edreams.com has listed some reasons why you might consider going Down Under too.
Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones jetted out to Mexico for a break recently, taking her husband Michael Douglas along with her for some sunshine and relaxation.
Madonna rang in her birthday with a family holiday to Havana earlier this year. You might want to consider visiting the island too.
Tennis player Ana Ivanovic stunned in a simple white dress when she married Manchester United footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger in a canal-side ceremony in Venice earlier this summer.
Simon Callow stole the show when he appeared in Four Weddings and a Funeral opposite Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell, with the most memorable scene in the film being when he croaked from a...
Opera is the telling of an inspiring story on an epic scale, so where's the surprise in the news that Nelson Mandela is the subject of an original opera which is about to make its Dublin debut.
I'm walking in the Alps in Austria because I need to get out more. I've travelled with Travel Department - their active holiday brand is TDactive - on an Austrian Lake District Walking Holiday, during which there'll be five guided walks. I've got new walking gear because, while I walk in and out...
Author Caroline Grace-Cassidy is priming herself for a positive midlife crisis. "Not something overly dramatic," she says confidently, over a latte in the light-filled Atrium in The Westin Hotel where...
I had completely underestimated the appeal of the common onion.
Going down the country on the train is always great fun. There's the chat, bags of crisps, and watching the fields whizz by - and me and my pal are in relaxed holiday form when we're met by James Doran in Kilkenny. James is our driver for the weekend, and on his taxi tours he regularly shares his knowledge of the area with tourists, and it seems quite a few visiting Dubs.
Sometimes you find yourself thinking about money, which is exactly what I'm doing while looking up at the €300m Silver Muse, Silversea Cruises' new flagship, which is docked in Marseille in France.
I'm not sure I'm capable of driving a two-wheeled self-balancing vehicle for 6km through a vineyard owned by the Giro Ribot family in the beautiful Penedes region on the Costa Barcelona.
With air access booming from Ireland, Anna Coogan visits Portugal's second-largest city.
Fashion designer Stella McCartney and hubby Alasdhair Willis enjoyed the sights of the French capital following her show at Paris Fashion Week.
Gwyneth Paltrow supported her ex-husband Chris Martin and his band Coldplay when they played at the Stephen Talkhouse in The Hamptons, New York.
There's a reason British millionaire hedge fund manager James Matthews has been whisking Pippa Middleton - little sister of the Duchess of Cambridge - off to the Caribbean island of St Barts.
Former RTE newsreader Anne Doyle is posing for photos on a sunny morning in St Stephen's Green. Pedestrians take a second look while passing her by and once they have determined that they are indeed looking at the woman who once read the news in their living room, they immediately smile widely.
Princess Charlene of Monaco looked stunning while arriving at the 68th annual Red Cross Gala at the Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo on the arm of her husband, Prince Albert II.
Comedian du jour Amy Schumer recently hung out with her close gal pals Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn in Maui, Hawaii. So, what could three spirited and lively stars get up to on their holiday in Maui?
Slovenian beauty Melania Trump has her heart set on the White House, along with her husband Donald. But what does her country of origin have to offer as a holiday destination?
Newlyweds Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch recently took a honeymoon stroll in the French village, Saint Paul de Vence.
With a choice of so many destinations, there's something for families, couples and singles on all budgets.
Fashion designer and heiress Nicky Hilton, who married British banking heir James Rothschild at Kensington Palace last July, went on to spent a good deal of the month of August on the Amalfi Coast in Italy.
Christie Brinkley and her daughter Alexa Ray Joel added some extra beauty to the stunning scenery of Capri when they enjoyed a yacht vacation around the gorgeous Italian island.
We could say Brescia in Northern Italy is a middle child, stuck as it is between the better known cities of Milan and Verona on the map.
Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman has been receiving standing ovations for her performance in Photograph 51 on London's West End. She's even been cheered on by her Aussie hubby and singer Keith Urban, who flew to the English capital to see his wife perform on stage.
The apple really doesn't fall far from the tree. You could even say it's sitting snugly at the bottom of the tree trunk in the case of Beth Cooke, a 20-something-year-old who happens to be the daughter of Sorcha Cusack; the granddaughter of Cyril Cusack; the niece of Sinead, Niamh and Catherine Cusack, and who will soon take the lead role in an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's Oscar-winning film Through A Glass Darkly at the Project Arts Centre.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux apparently enjoyed their honeymoon in Bora Bora so much that they now want to make holidaying there an annual tradition.
SATC star Sarah Jessica Parker recently became the latest celebrity to choose Ibiza as her holiday destination. She joined the likes of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Orlando Bloom, who have already been spotted on the beaches of the Balearic island, considered to be one of the trendiest sun spots on the planet.
Irish creatives and designers are punching above their weight, according to Karen Hennessy, chief executive of Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), which so far this year has seen our design community of clothes designers, architects, graphic and textile artists exhibit in New York, Milan and London.
Mostly we let other people think about war. It means we need daring news reports and great performances like that from Jessica Chastain as an intelligence officer in Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning film Zero Dark Thirty to shake us out of our complacency.
It is summertime, and the reading from three debut authors is highly engaging, and yet exceedingly different.
Men are more likely to propose to a partner while away, according to a Travelchannel.com report on the most romantic things to happen to us overseas.
Ever had a tiff whilst traveling? A hot debate on holidays? A domestic at your destination?
"To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted," wrote Bill Bryson in The Best American Travel Writing.
As Daniella Moyles travels to Carnival in Brazil, we take a look at some of the best things the Brazilians have given the world
Historical novels are a kind of knight in shining armour for those of us who need dramatics as opposed to a list of dusty facts to make the past come alive.
Fancy an espresso while on the go? The Minipresso is a compact espresso machine which you can slide into your bag or backpack, and means you'll never be hostage to an espresso craving ever again.
Style, attention-to-detail, and the height of service are all in store for Anna Coogan on a cruise through Austria and Hungary.
The annual Beltane Fire Festival is a popular pagan-esque festival in Edinburgh which celebrates the beginning of summer by re-enacting the ancient Gaelic traditions of elemental dancing and dazzling fire displays.
Nicole Kidman is the latest celeb taking to the skies.
One in five people has done business with someone they met on a plane according to a survey carried out by Virgin Atlantic. Yet how do we make a good impression on the person sitting beside us on a plane?
Middle-aged, non-driver needs to get to Inchydoney. GSOH, will bring her own sweets, and can be relied on to wind down the window and ask for directions should the need arise.
The first ever scarf with a built-in inflatable neck pillow has arrived on the market. The aim is to let you nod off on long journeys, while keeping you looking stylish every inch of the way.
Pippa Middleton recently enjoyed a family holiday on the Caribbean island of Mustique, along with her sister Kate and brother-in-law Prince William and nephew Prince George.
If ever you wondered who needed rescuing the most, a mangy dog in a pound or the person looking for canine companionship, you'll find yourself coming to a clear answer as you are drawn into the heart of the decrepit middle-aged male narrator of Sara Baume's debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither.
Anna Coogan joins the AmaCerto for her first river cruise - a voyage down the River Rhine through France and Germany.
Beyonce and Jay Z recently holidayed in Thailand with their three-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, and the family was spotted having fun together on a beach.
It's Cindy Crawford uncut and as we have never seen her before.
Award-winning actress Julianne Moore has been holidaying in Rome, and we've got travel tips for parents, vegetarians and travel breath!
Every so often things happen in life which make us feel reborn, and this is one of those times for feminist, activist and author Rosita Sweetman. Her eyes fill with absolute delight when she recalls the relaunch of her novel Fathers Come First in the city centre's Origin Gallery.
'There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met" William Butler Yeats said once, and Yeats2015 - a year-long programme of cultural and artistic events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Nobel prize-winning poet - will undoubtedly make new friends out of gathered strangers.
If money is no object, and you want to work off the excesses of the festive season, why not consider a trip to La Réserve Ramatuelle, a luxurious bootcamp located a few minutes from the village of Saint-Tropez?
All eyes were on Venice when George Clooney married his stunning bride Amal Alamuddin there in September. And now we anticipate a lot of couples will be heading to the Italian city this year, if not for their nuptials, then certainly for romantic getaways.
Excitement is brewing over the fast-approaching spring solar eclipse, probably because it's the last eclipse expected to be seen in Europe for decades to come.
Looking for holiday ideas for 2015? TripAdvisor has revealed the spots around the world which have received the greatest increase in positive feedback from TripAdvisor members, year after year.
Popular travel website Worldofwanderlust.com has nominated its best travel movies, which are guaranteed to take you far away even if you decide to stay put in the house.
Roar singer Katy Perry has performed in both Melbourne and Sydney on her new tour, but which one did she enjoy the most?
Pod hotels are big business in Tokyo and can now be booked in New York. Yet are you ready for travelling in a pod seat on a plane?
Do you often find it impossible to locate things at the bottom of your bag? And have you at times come close to sticking your head into your bag in desperation in your search for your wallet or your phone.
PACKING a camera t go on holidays is a bit old-fashioned, with so many of us now relying on our smartphones for taking holiday snaps.
ACTRESS Uma Thurman glowed with happiness when she turned up at the Stockholm International Film Festival to pick up the Bronshästen Award for her contribution to film, including roles in Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction.
When it comes to checking out art on holidays, Cueva del Pindal in Cantabria in Spain contains some of the world's oldest etchings which are thought to date back to the Lower Paleolithic and Bronze Age.
Multi-tasking earmuffs which keep ears warm and also allow the wearer to listen to music and take phone calls will be a must-have for young techies taking to the ski slopes.
According to TripIt.com, a travel organising app which has surveyed travellers on their pet peeves, being left with less leg room isn't the thing we dislike most about our fellow plane passengers.
MUM-TO-BE and actress Jessica Biel recently joined her husband Justin Timberlake in New Zealand where the singer was on tour, and to celebrate the couple's second wedding anniversary...
Oscar winner Hilary Swank and her French boyfriend of two years, Laurent Fleury, enjoyed a beach day in Malibu recently with real estate broker Laurent's two young children.
So your arm's not long enough to nab the perfect selfie? Have no fear. The 'Selfie stick' is here.
Beyonce recently enjoyed a break in Paris with husband Jay Z and their two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy. And in spite of recent split rumours, Beyonce, below right, and Jay Z looked happy in the holiday snaps they posted online from their sojourn in the French capital.
Kate Moss has often been photographed on the holiday island of Ibiza, yet this year she spread her wings a little further by taking to the beaches of Formentera.
Clara Kelleher isn't mad about being described as a serious young woman, yet she concedes she is highly driven, and that her default setting is 'naturally hardworking.'
Actor Ben Richards looks a picture of good health while on a break from preparing for a performance of the musical Rock of Ages at the Theatre Royal, Brighton.
Stunning screen star Jessica Alba recently hit the beach in Cancun, Mexico, with her family. The Sin City actress was pictured having fun with hubby Cash Warren and eldest daughter Honor (6).
Reality TV show winner and musical star Danielle Hope couldn't be less diva-esque if she tried. The 22-year-old winner of BBC's talent contest Over The Rainbow is all about the great opportunity which has come her way since winning Andrew Lloyd Webber's TV search for his perfect Dorothy for The Wizard of Oz, when she beat 9,000 other young performers for the starring role at the London Palladium.
The town of Douai is home to one of the most extraordinary summer festivals in France - a parade of giants during which huge human effigies are carried through the northern French town, much to the delight of tens of thousands of locals and visitors.
Look to your left and after the church spire and the very tall cypress tree you will see a villa with a lot of chimneys and that is his villa.’
Nobody should have a problem walking along a white sandy beach in an exotic location. The last thing on your mind should be what to do with your credit card, room key or cash.
HOW often have you left behind a bottle of wine you really wanted, and yet were afraid it would break in your suitcase and stain your clothes, never mind leaving them reeking of alcohol into eternity.
STYLE icon Alexa Chung recently holidayed in Los Angeles, yet the question is whether she dropped in on any of her fellow stars for a coffee or perhaps something a little stronger.
Taschen's new book, 100 Getaways around the World, is jam-packed with glossy photos of some of the best hotels in the world – and by 'best', Taschen doesn't mean the most expensive or the most heavily promoted, but hotels which give guests that little bit extra – be it a balcony with breathtaking views, or a sumptuous bed and hand-ironed linens, or freshly cut flowers in your room.
The question is whether Ibiza will again this year be the celebrity hotspot it was last year, and whether celebs such as Rita Ora, Liam Gallagher and Denise Van Outen will again make the Mediterranean island their number one summer destination. Other well-known faces who last year holidayed on the island, which is famous for its club scene, though considered to be one of the most stunningly beautiful islands in the Med, included Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch, and footballer Peter Crouch along with his wife Abbey.
TIME is of the essence when you're on a work deadline, especially when you're on an airplane.
Now we're all snapping photos of our holiday destinations on our mobiles while we're away, and texting them to people, how many of us are bothered to send postcards?
The notion of a kiddies' club has just got an upgrade at five-star Le Royal Monceau Raffles Hotel in Paris, where children staying in the luxurious hotel are offered a cultural programme and visits around the City of Light's many attractions.
WITH her cascading pop star curls and her Indie music funky dress style, it's not surprising Claudia Boyle elicits astonished responses when she reveals she's an opera singer whose everyday job involves singing arias in Italian.
Soon we'll be able to check out a holiday destination before making a booking. Virtual reality headsets will allow us to visit our dream holiday spots before ever boarding a flight, according to a new report on the future of travel.
AFTER three years of absence, renowned French director Jean-Luc Godard will return to the Cannes Film Festival this year with the film Goodbye Language (Adieu au langage).
YOU can tell a lot about a holiday resort by the type of star power it attracts. And of Hawaii's many islands, Maui seems to attract the most celebrity visitors, whether it's Paris Hilton to top up her tan, or Megan Fox (inset) to tie the knot with Brian Austin Green in an outdoor ceremony on the island's romantic coast.
Anyone who enjoyed the movie Julie & Julia, about the American chef Julia Child who spent time learning to cook in Paris, will want to get their hands on Ann Mah's new book, Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris. Mah is a diplomat's wife – as was Child – who found herself upping sticks to move to Paris when her husband Calvin was stationed there for three years.
LOUIS Hemmings and his wife Liz were doing their best to get their first-born son Lawrence ready for the arrival of a new sibling, encouraging the toddler to kiss his mum's protruding belly and talk to the new baby.
THE remarkable story of eight Sligo brothers who fought in the First World War has finally been recorded for posterity by one of the soldiers' great-grandsons.
Award-winning choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne, aged 88, has released an exercise DVD for "oldies", arguing that it is "absolute death" to sit around doing the crossword.
Anna Coogan on some ways to find love
EVERY young thing who fancies themselves as the next big thing – be it musically, as a model or a media personality – takes themselves off every year to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field, in Indio, California.
A STARTLING thing about hearing an author speak is that sometimes they sound so completely different to the voice which was in your head while you were reading their work. The Franco-Irish Literary Festival is a fantastic opportunity to put an actual voice on some of the newest Irish writers on the block.
Three young women are preening and posing in a sunlit house in Ranelagh, and the atmosphere is playful as The Evertides get ready to have their photograph taken. When the talk turns to how these three talented young performers, all classically trained musicians, feel they have such cracking chemistry on stage, you just know this is no mere PR line. "The three of us sang Scarlet Ribbons at the Theatre Forum in Galway in 2011, and it was instinctive, we each knew where to come in," says Alma, 29, of the moment the girls gelled as performers.
Torture, murder and suicide – you can find it all in Puccini's opera Tosca, which was first enjoyed by audiences in January 1900. It's based on Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language play, La Tosca.
ACTRESS Sofia Vergara turned heads recently when filming scenes for the sitcom Modern Family in Sydney.
The backpack was once the humble symbol of the budget traveller.
Want to avoid the early- morning queues at check-in? Aer Lingus has come up with a solution which may make the airport experience much less stressful for travellers.
Leaving the family pooch behind can ruin a family break. You miss their friendly eyes and doggy hugs, and find yourself calling out their name on long lonely walks in the countryside. Ireland's Blue Book has come to the rescue with a list of pet-friendly houses and restaurants for anyone who considers their canine companion an essential part of any getaway.
IT'S time to come out from underneath your umbrella after a long winter, and Venice Carnival 2014 is probably the best excuse at this time of the year for letting your hair down – or putting it up for a series of balls.
MARIE STAUNTON & CHRISTOPHER HEAVEY
An announcement of the death of Betty Cooper last week described her as "the life and soul of (the Wexford village of) Fethard".
Updates -- from the tropical island of Mauritius to the troubled state of Egypt.
THE Anglo Tapes scoop, the election of Pope Francis and the Seanad referendum were the topics that got people talking on Twitter this year.
THE dramatic story of the 1913 Lockout has been captured in 30 giant and colourful tapestries.
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins left for South Africa last night ahead of the memorial to Nelson Mandela. He was accompanied by his wife Sabina, three members of An Garda Siochana and the deputy secretary general to the President, Loughlin Quinn.