Non-shed house dog: President Obama takes Bo, the first family’s Portuguese water dog, for a run in the  White House. Photograph: Pete Souza/Reuters

How to ensure mucky paws don’t ruin your pad

 Rubberbandits: the pair say they are not comedians or entertainers but artists

The Dole Queue Dadaists’ critique of gallery art is worth hearing – if a little harsh

Angela O’Kelly at  home with some of her favourite black items, and some of her own jewellery. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

The head of design at the National College of Art and Design has a passion for black, from her wedding dress to precious heirlo(...)

Country estate near Skibbereen, Co Cork, on 163 acres with a lake, beach and sky garden

A Victorian four-bed opens up to a special interior with a well appointed kitchen

This five-bedroom, end-of-terrace redbrick in Donnybrook has been sensitively renovated and comes with a separate suite for use as(...)

Kinara, 3 Priory Avenue, Blackrock

Beside the babbling brook: four-bedroom detached 1940s house for €1.75 million

The house where May and Frances live with Auntie Nellie (Niamh Cusack) is a former Garda superintendent’s house on Harcourt Terrace

How do you find authentic places to shoot a period drama such as ‘Rebellion’? You need to be creative, keep an eye to detail, and (...)

Dust Defying Gravity (2004) from the exhibition 3 Different Nights Recurring by Grace Weir. Courtesy of the artist

The wonders and mysteries of the empirical world become jumping-off points for an aesthetic voyage in Grace Weir’s retrospective(...)

An artistic retreat from ‘Cabins’ by Taschen

If your new year’s resolutions include undertaking any creative projects, the first thing you’ll need is a retreat from the world (...)

Five-bedroom property with large garden for €1.375 million

Three-bed detached bungalow with private garden for €695,000

Three-bed detached bungalow with historical links for €750,000

This five-bed property has been finished in fine style and includes a cinema room

As well as currently working on an animated short film, Genieve Figgis   has an exhibition opening in Los Angeles over Oscar weekend.

There's a nod to visual art, the stage, and even a robot-themed 3D printing company in Gemma Tipton's selection of people to watch(...)

Áine Divine painting Ian McKellen

No selfie or Instagram picture can capture the essence of a person the way a painting can. Here, experienced portraitists give som(...)

The Capital Paintings by Colin Darke (2004-2007). Courtesy of the artist

An exhibition in Cork explores how we perceive value in art and in life, raising intriguing questions about the art market in the (...)

Given more recent events, the shock of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in January seems distant, but visiting Paris that month I learn(...)

Nora Hickey M’Sichili: “Paris is a very international city. I’m Irish, my husband is Zambian, so for me it was very healthy.” Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

In 2013 Nora Hickey M’Sichili got her dream job of running the Centre Culturel Irlandais in the French capital. Have recent events(...)

McCullough Mulvin designs: Bessboro House, Cork

An engaging and insightful new book celebrates the Irish building designs of McCullough Mulvin Architects. The Spanish publisher(...)

There are some artworks that slow you down. Standing in front of a Rothko takes time and can engender an emptying of the mind. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

In recent separate conversations with an architect, a novelist and an artist I was left wondering whether we have lost that once-v(...)

Gemma Tipton rounds up the best presents for your little darlings

Jane Prophet’s artworks Second Skin: Straitjacket & Parka in the exhibition Trauma at the Science Gallery, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Jane Prophet’s exhibition Trauma, about her personal experiences of being stalked, investigates the nature of obsession and is gui(...)

Lorna Ross is director of design at the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dubliner Lorna Ross uses her design background to help develop patient services

This classic, five-bedroom redbrick underwent a complete refurbishment just 10 years ago and with its ample storage, modern extens(...)

From royal national studs to small equestrian centres selling horse milk, this beautiful region of France has much to offer horse (...)

Work from the series Markings: ox mountain sheep wool, Co Sligo, and branding fluid; by Brigitta Varadi and Noel Ruane

Can an art exhibition about climate change have any potency when it avoids polemic? The Irish Cultural Centre in Paris takes a gen(...)

From left: Issue 03: Body (2011). Cover image: Elina Brotherus/Model Study 15 (2004); Issue 11: Family (2014).  Cover image: Fred Hüning, from the series Drei/Untitled (Bathtub II), 2011; Issue 08: New Pictorialism (2013). Cover image: Madame Peripetie, from the series: Dream Sequence/Blood (2012)

The magazine, which is run by a team of just three, is gaining international recognition for its purist approach

 Limerick City of Culture 2015: that we don’t already have a national cultural policy isn’t quite as shocking as it might sound – many countries lack one.  Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

On Monday more than 100 cultural leaders and thinkers assembled at the Irish Museum of Modern Art to discuss Ireland’s first natio(...)

The Big Slide:  a temporary structure in Stratford for children

Turner prize-nominated collective, Assemble, is a mix of architecture and public art. Now its co-founder joins a judging panel for(...)

West End house is owned by the parents of actor Michael Fassbender. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

West End House, on market for €1.5 million, was frequently visited by the actor who sometimes worked behind the bar

15 Dromeen Avenue, Beaumont, Dublin 9

Two four-bed semi-detached family homes – one in Beaumont, one in Harold’s Cross

Four-bedroom Victorian property was once owned by the British Army

Mangerton on Westminster Road has seven bedrooms, five reception rooms and a vast and lovely private garden

The home of retired physician Prof Austin Darragh on the Hill of Tara comes with a heated swimming pool in the garden, a stable y(...)

The Andy Warhol Authentication Board was widely criticised for its closed-door policy

The world of art authentication is a murky one and with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of euro riding on the outcomes, is(...)

Red Cliff House used as retreat for controversial former bishop of Galway

Chocolatier Mary Ann O’Brien and her husband Jonathan Irwin of the Jack and Jill Foundation are selling their family home, a large(...)

Five-bedroom 1960s property in Sutton with views of the bay for €1.8 million

Architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey won Riba prize for property

Spacious four-bedroom house has been renovated and features large back garden

Ben and Saoirse in Song of the Sea

Kilkenny’s elite animation house, makers of ‘The Secret of Kells’ and ‘Song of the Sea’, is competing with the best of Hollywood –(...)

Footballers’ Wives: one of the best things about it was that it never showed any football being played

Arts-show guests often seem afraid to say what they think. Like the football-free reality-TV show, we should forget about the art (...)

Dublin property includes lift, dumb waiter and a James Bond-style den in basement

Period features, intriguing cellars, a cantilever staircase and a cobbled yard are part of the attraction of this country house on(...)

What would it be like to live the dream life in a new home and to stay overnight in Glendale, where the designer’s inspiration com(...)

Built for themselves by an architect and a designer, this surprisingly secluded four-bedroom detached house in the heart (...)

15 Vesey Place, Dún Laoghaire: sea views to die for.

Five-bedroom Victorian terraced house has been beautifully refurbished

Before: The Hedge House by GKMP. Photograph: Alice Clancy

A new exhibition in Co Kilkenny aims to bridge gap between vision and function

Seahorses by Louis Masai

The project will involve the painting of 24 sites in the city. Can it unlock Waterford’s potential?

 If Dublin Contemporary, which was to have been a quinquennial event, had been a success, we would be looking forward to the next one in 2016. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Teaming up to promote Ireland’s art and cultural scene abroad is a win-win for artists, galleries and tourism

Detail from Exercise (Dunhuang), 2014, by John Gerrard

Two exhibitions in Cork celebrate George Boole, a son of the city and the genius who laid the foundation of all computer systems (...)

 Farhan Mohammad in his orchard in Wadi Gibel, South Sinai, Egypt

Irish filmmaker Bryony Dunne is making a the desert bloom on screen, linking the land of Moses to the Aran Islands

Four-bed semi-detached property for €735,000

Kenneth Jones, who makes and restores organs, built a house that seems as ‘brilliantly complex yet as simple as an organ’, surroun(...)

Five-bed detached house in Wicklow for €860,000

Original features remain in this renovated period property, on the market for €3.2m

Six-bedroom property in Naas has equestrian facilities, 15 acres of land and great views

From left, Elaine Grainger of Talbot Gallery and Studios; Liz Coman of the Lab Gallery; Sheena Barrett of the Lab; Liz Burns of Fire Station Artists’ Studios; Hilary Murray of ArtBox; and Oonagh Young of Oonagh Young Gallery. Photograph: John Beattie

Five galleries and studios in the former red-light district of Dublin’s north inner city have come together to acknowledge the are(...)

Citi service designer Ré Dubhthaigh: “I work within the enterprise bank, which enables the financial operating systems of some of the biggest companies across large parts of the planet”

‘I realised that service design is about the wider systems, not so much about a “thing”’

A beautifully restored Victorian in Glanmire has a refurbished gate lodge and six acres of grounds

Three-bedroom period end-of-terrace for €425,000

This five-bedroom detached house has views of Three Rock Mountain and is just a five minutes’ walk from the Luas

Four/five-bedroom Victorian Terrace with two-bedroom mews

Five-bedroom Victorian terraced house with original features on Crosthwaite Park

It has an old-style charm but Shearwater was built only five years ago and has all mod cons including self-cleaning windows, pro(...)

Spot the difference: SuicideGirls are undercutting Richard Prince by 99.9 per cent. Photograph: SuicideGirls

The US artist Richard Prince has been selling other people’s social-media photos. Now SuicideGirls say you can buy one of its orig(...)

This six-bedroom house, built around 1878 for a Masonic grand master, is adaptable for multiple living needs

Tudor Lodge is a detached, five-bedroom Victorian property with vast spaces for entertaining, a self-contained flat and an imposin(...)

Glanmore Castle, a four-bedroom property in Co Wicklow, for €1.285 million

Former home of Wimbledon tennis ace Joshua Pim with gardens and tennis court

Architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens’ most famous unbuilt work in Ireland was his proposal to replace the Ha’penny Bridge with an art gallery for the Hugh Lane collection in 1912

British architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens, who died 100 years ago, had strong Irish connections. He once proposed to replace the Ha(...)

A genuine zebra crossing on the Massai Mara in Kenya

An unforgettable adventure in a country of deep contrasts, marvellous people, epic sunsets and wonderful sunrises

Regaile is a three-bed semi-detached redbrick on Sandycove Road for €1.195m

Three-bedroom property once owned by Conrad Gallagher has a stellar kitchen and cleverly-designed accommodation

Equestrian centre with Victorian lodge and mews houses on 175 acres

Four-bedroom terraced property for €1.65 million has contemporary touches

Deliberately provocative? A Catholic church that has been transformed into a mosque for the Venice Biennale by artist Christoph Buchel. Photograph: Casey Kelbaugh/The New York Times

The controversial mosque at the Venice Biennale by Swiss artist Christoph Büchel is the latest work in a long line to test the lim(...)

Templecarrig House is a six-bedroom period property in Co Wicklow

Impressive six-bedroom home built in 1999 has all the feel of a genuine period property

Bright and welcoming detached house in Dublin 4 has three/four bedrooms

One-bed house in Dublin 3 for €245,000 has an arty charm

Detached four-bedroom house near Ashford has stables and two guest cottages

Five-bedroom end-of-terrace property in Sandycove with basement apartment

Disappear With Me: Alec Soth’s Snapchat images, which vanish from your phone almost as soon as you receive them, have sold out. Photograph: Jenn Ackerman/New York Times

Is selling Alec Soth’s ‘intangible’ photographs a cynical ploy to feed the First World’s need to need, or does it reveal something(...)

Sited on a generous half acre, this family house affords ample opportunity to extend and has great access to all the village ameni(...)

Ahmad Fakhry (left) and Cian Corcoran are the duo behind DesignGoat, the team behind some stylish ways to drink coffee and intriguingly experimental eating experiences

‘You can have a restaurant serving incredible food, but if the space is awful it won’t work’

Extended six-bedroomed end-of-terrace family house for €1.35 million

Detached home on Winton Road is ideal for tennis lovers

Four-bed detached house in quiet Dublin 18 development comes with fine garden

Four-bedroom, double-fronted detached period house for €950,000

Arts and Crafts-era house with stylish modern extension for €1.95 million

Built in 1823, this two-storey over basement house is a fine home with beautiful garden

Four-bedroom contemporary timber-frame house with separate studio in Co Cork

This five-bedroom house on Westminster Road has lush gardens and an extensive attic

From left: Kyoto vase (1875-1980); and Nagoya vases (1900-1910 and 1912-1926). Images: copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Kipling was one of the earlier fans of this enamel technique, and the story of its rise mirrors that of Victorian explorers

Three/four-bedroom detached 1930s house with views across Dublin Bay

This three-bedroom period house has been fully restored and updated

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