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Getting to grips with aikido

Getting to grips with aikido

Mastering this Japanese martial art of deflection requires years of training, discipline and – at the beginning – a propensity for being repeatedly hurled to the ground, writes Jasper Winn

Ireland’s garden of Eden

Ireland’s garden of Eden

Situated on the Cooley peninsula, between the lough and Slieve Foy, the picturesque town of Carlingford offers adventure activities, scenic walks and centuries of heritage to explore, writes

Oregon: the state that has it all

Oregon: the state that has it all

The lesser-known state of Oregon is a revelation to Mary Kate O Flanagan, who finds stunning scenery, a thriving art scene and a social cohesion not always visible in other parts of the US

Face up to a top treat - Guilty pleasures

Face up to a top treat - Guilty pleasures

Snow report

Snow report

This week, our resident ski expert, Catherine Murphy, recommends resorts that offer some much-coveted pre-season snow

Get out there!

Get out there!

From short trots to epic runs to spectacular climbs, there’s an event out there with your name on it. Here are three to choose from

First the pool, then the cruel sea

First the pool, then the cruel sea

This year, Ricky Harris, a self-described ‘flounderer’, resolved to put open water between him and his fear of drowning within sight of the shoreline – the hard way

Gearcheck

Gearcheck

Winter chills and rain have finally arrived, which is a great excuse for picking up some spanking new gear

An appealing vista

An appealing vista

How does an Irish billionaire live? At Denis O’Brien’s Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara, you can experience it for yourself

Snow report

Snow report

Each week for the coming ski season, our resident ski expert, Catherine Murphy, will be giving hot tips for the cool climate in our new ski-watch column

Get out there!

Get out there!

No matter what you’re into, there are great outdoor and adventure events taking place this month. Here are three to whet your appetite

Ocean’s seven

Ocean’s seven

Over nine months and nearly 40,000 miles, seven teams will face storms, cyclones, icebergs, whales and worse in an attempt to complete the Volvo Ocean Race, writes Yvonne Gordon

Gearcheck

Gearcheck

With the weather starting to get chilly, here is some kit to keep the girls moving and cosy this autumn

Don’t baulk at the Baltic

Don’t baulk at the Baltic

East German party apparatchiks loved their Baltic holiday island so much that they deleted it from the maps. Here’s why north-east Germany deserves to be on yours, writes Ros Drinkwater

Run in the dark

Run in the dark