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A $137 million makeover has brought Dublin's landmark Shelbourne up to speed. The best new feature has to be the genealogy butler, a private consultant... Read More

Here's how I imagined it: I'd buy a gnarled walking stick and go wandering through shamrock-green villages, on the prowl for shining examples of... Read More

With its façade of battlements and its Gothic follies, Glin Castle appears somewhat daunting as it looms above the river Shannon in County Limerick.... Read More

After years of chic, simple interiors, decadence is afoot, and the most sensuous areas of the home—the bedroom and the dining room—are being indulged.... Read More

Most travelers to Ireland can attest to its emerald hills and sweeping valleys, but how many can say they got to drive right through them?Using four... Read More

It was the music that drew me to Ireland: the lilt and wail of the fiddle, the bright laughter of the accordion, the windy purl of the flute. This was... Read More

Trapped by the twin demons of habit and finance, I've often entertained the fantasy of opening a bed-and-breakfast. It's a heady thought, quitting my... Read More

Can you recommend a company that does horseback tours of Ireland? —K.D., Glen Ellyn, Ill. With its mountains, castles, beaches, and coastal villages,... Read More

While no one was looking, Dublin blossomed into a bona fide cosmopolitan food capital. Want a Michelin two-starred feast?Book at Thornton's or Patrick... Read More

Immersing yourself in the culture may be a great way to see Europe, sure, but each of these new spas has created a universe unto itself—which may make... Read More

I was brought up between the mountains and the sea, and those spirits still haunt me: the urge in the mountains to search and find, and in the sea the... Read More

The big news in Ireland today is hotels that reject the past and embrace the modern, modish—and mediocre. I think it was the fifth time I banged my shin... Read More

'When you're at a hotel and your needs are being taken care of in a gracious way—that's the ultimate luxury'OCCUPATION Actor HOME BASE Santa Monica,... Read More

As founding president of Ritz-Carlton, hotelier Horst Schulze has long been a pioneer in the world of service. He’s now aiming to put a new stamp on... Read More

Once upon a time, the notion "small is beautiful" wafted upon the air, and idealistic young folk reveled in simple, affordable cars like the Volkswagen... Read More

Before leaving New York for Schloss Velden, in southern Austria, and Capella Castlemartyr, in County Cork, Ireland, just as I was choosing which ties to... Read More

DylanLocationThe stately, red-brick Victorian is situated on an elm-lined lane in the exclusive Dublin 4 neighborhood. Those two-story brick row houses... Read More

Pearse Street in Clonakilty is a handsome high street of pastel-hued Georgians with bronze door knockers, upscale design shops, baby clothiers, and... Read More

Generally speaking, you don't want a crowbar or a wheelbarrow to feature prominently in your vacation photos. Or rubble. Or poverty (unless, perhaps, it... Read More

When word first spread through Dublin that members of the rock band U2 were planning to buy the Clarence, a dilapidated hotel in the Temple Bar... Read More

Philip Treacy wants Marilyn Monroe’s eyelashes. The fake ones, of course. "She used them to great effect," says the Irish milliner, who has adorned both... Read More

You've doubtless heard that old saw, which is always delivered with an appropriate Scottish burr: "Aye, laddie, if there's nae wind, there's nae... Read More

See our slideshow of 10 River Cruises to Remember.A mirage vibrates on the sandy horizon. The scent of African roses perfumes the air. Water buffalo... Read More

We tend to move around from city to city when we record. We started our latest album in Vancouver, worked on it in Dublin, went on to a chapel we rented... Read More

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