Diarmuid Delargy’s Great Whitepark Shark Study I at Ballina Arts Centre

Diarmuid Delargy photos, illustrators, Arctic art, images of past and dystopian otherness

Handmade dolls from Soften the Border by Rita Duffy

Chain reactions and knitting the Border, what's on in the arts this week

Caroline McCarthy, MANSIZE, at Butler Gallery, Kilkenny. Photograph: Roland Paschhoff

From Antarctica to Ukraine and Schubert to Brexit, a one-day exploration of the festival

Ronnie Hughes’s work in Strange Attractors

Two abstract exhibitions explore how differently humans perceive colour

Studies prove that we’re hardwired to prefer what we know. Image: Getty

After a holiday you can, for a time, enjoy your home as if it were brand new to you

Subjects and Objects by Daria Martin at Visual Carlow: Films impart gentle melancholy caused by insight into the intense emotional pain that extreme moments of empathy can engender. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Daria Martin intrigues with short movies while Camille Norment resonates

Stamps are another thing I miss about postcards. Photograph: Getty

I’m addicted to sending postcards, and a UK study suggests the habit may be on the rise

Ernesto Caivano - Nocturne 27 (Cataract Nebula), 2016, at Ellis King

From absinthe inflected star gazing to shy violets, two shows capture the spirit of art right now

Donal O’Sullivan: His character sketches are brilliant moments of personality

Video: A timely revival of the work of artist Donal O’Sullivan is on show in Ranelagh

Alan James Burns, ‘Entirely Hollow Aside from the Dark’, at Keash Caves, Co Sligo

Alan James Burns goes underground, Nick Miller gets flowery and Orla Barry gets woolly

Ana Maria Pacheco’s  Dark Night of the Soul  at the Galway Arts Festival

The visual art at this year's Galway International Arts Festival has lots of odd junctures, strange characters and weird journeys

Genius idea: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will text you a relevant piece from its collection, such as Nam June Paik’s Bakelite robot, in response to a text message

Text a word to SFMoma and the museum will reply with a work of art

Jack B Yeats, ‘From Portacloy to Rathlin O’Beirne’, at the Hunt Museum in Limerick

From Enda Walsh’s ‘Bathroom’ to Voyager’s deep space odyssey, there’s plenty to ponder

Ana Maria Pacheco’s Hairy Legs of the Queen of Sheba.  Courtesy of the artist and Pratt Contemporary

Artist Niamh McGuinne on combing through the rich and strange history of hair

Mary Grehan: says the hospital’s Youth Advisory Council “want to make a hospital that doesn’t look like a hospital from the outside”

Mary Grehan is forming a plan to make the National Children’s Hospital feel less, well, hospital-like

Aideen Barry, still from Not to Be Known, at Crawford Cork

Welcome to the Neighbourhood in Askeaton; the Galway International Arts Festival and more

Ceiling mirrors, cocktail bar, button back leather walls? An oligarch’s dream

Anne Madden, Lemon on Tree, from Life and Death in the Garden at the Taylor Galleries, Dublin

Wormwood at the Ellis King gallery is worth a shot; as are Anne Madden’s observations of life and death at Taylor Galleries

Glenside House, Kilquade, Co Wicklow, for sale at €1.275m.

Glenside House in Kilquade is a five-bed with new-build charm and en suites

A scene from ThisIsPopBaby’s Riot. Photograph: Fiona Morgan

ThisIsPopBaby brings its cabaret, club culture and GAA aerial dance to Vicar Street

Gemma Tipton gets to grips with wonderful Vietnam

Modern family home with elegance and comfort in Co Meath

LEINSTER - Bleach Road by Boyd Cody Architects. Photograph: Marie Louise Halpenny

From an origami house in Ranelagh to a glass box in Kilkenny: RIAI winning houses

Spacious six-bed Victorian redbrick for €1.2m is situated on half an acre of land

 St Alban in Sandycove

First floor taken up with a very dramatic open-plan kitchen/living space

Rusheen is a 329sq m (3,433sq ft) lodge on Foxrock’s Westminster Road.

Rusheen on Westminster Road is built in Arts and Crafts style and seeks €2.5m

Kildarick in Old Rathmichael: a 320sq m (3,500sq ft) five-bed designer pad with super stylish spec and gardens for €2.75 million.

Kildarick is a perfectionist's dream, daringly remodelled in this southside haven

Michael Dillon at Huntington Castle in Clonegal,  Co Carlow. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Michael Dillon’s fantasy landscapes decorate wall surfaces from Meath to Mustique

Grangebeg House, Dunlavin, Co Kildare: Georgian house on 64 acres for €1.5 million.

Grangebeg House is a beautiful Georgian in Dunlavin with 383sq m and great history

Marlfield House is a Palladian mansion with a lot to offer – including a Turner designed orangerie

Louise Beahan gives private two-day courses in ring-making at her studio in Newcastle, Co Wicklow.

Get your hands dirty and try your design skills with textiles, wood, clay and much more

Deervale in Dublin 18, 400sq m (4,305sq ft)

Family home with a sleek modern style on Ticknock Road

25 Eaton Square, Monkstown has 196sq m (2,110sq ft) and is for sale at €1.395m

Number 25 Eaton Square is one of two Victorian houses on sale in this lovely square

Woodside, Bellevue Road, Delgany for €1,495,000

Four bedrooms and three stables - Delgany house ideal for a horse-mad young family

Veronica Harris’s passport photograph, part of Portraits: Women of Cork and US Sailors’ Irish Wives, 1917-1919

Passport photos of women who left Cork for the US are the basis for a new show in Sirius, while Brian O'Doherty's murals might ree(...)

Creech Barrow, four-bed postcard pretty cottage in Delgany for €850,000.

Charming Cotswolds-inspired house in the Wicklow countryside with separate mews

We went into a room dotted with dream catchers and crystals, and I found myself once more shuffling tarot cards

Why do fortune tellers hold people in such thrall? Gemma Tipton attempts to see if she – or the psychics – can find the answer

Five-bed contemporary detached property in Donnybrook for €3 million

Foxwood, Blackrath, The Curragh, Co Kildare is contemporary, classical and symmetrically balanced

Paul Brazil-designed house mixes cosy country living with edgy contemporary chic

Three-bed in Dublin 6 for €750,000 offers nice mix of period and contemporary design

Dawson Street in Dublin: name-signage for our stations, whether they are for trains, Dart or Luas, does not have to be so utilitarian. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The design for the Luas network's signage is flat and corporate - it doesn't have to be this way

The late Peter Johnson: The Belfast-born designer created interiors that were relaxing as well as elegant and stylish. Photograph: Eric Luke

Furniture from the home of the late interior designer will be auctioned by de Vere’s

Castlefield House has a home cinema, a dancefloor and emperor-style bathrooms

WORKac: Dan Wood and Amale Andraos’s edible schoolyard at PS7 in Harlem. Photograph: Raymond Adams

The architectural duo Dan Wood and Amale Andraos are rethinking ordinary life

Caie Le Mar Rocky Valley Drive, Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow

This spacious six-bed has been upgraded to maximum effect

The Tenters, just off South Circular Road, was modeled on the garden city idea in 1922

John Gerrard, Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017. Image courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London and Simon Preston Gallery, New York

The Irish artist's latest, extraordinary work, about the legacy of oil, has been timed to coincide with Earth Day and will be seen(...)

Eunice Adeleye was born in Ireland to Nigerian parents in 2007. In school her favourite subject is maths. She loves to dress up and get her hair done. Photograph: Kim Haughton

Kim Haughton has photographed 100 people, one born every year since foundation of the State

Four NCAD students made a prototype button fastener for Tom, above, who has rheumatism

Universal design aims to be accessible to everyone, whatever their age

Eagle Lodge has plenty of space and period charm but new owners will have work to do

St Anne’s, Brighton Avenue, Monkstown:  a Regency villa with 404sq m of living space for €3.5 million.

St Anne’s on Brighton Avenue is a ‘wow factor’ 1830s house with a cool kitchen

Tony Oursler’s Imponderable explores the occult in a sprawling show at MoMA that takes in Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini and a cast of mediums, ghosts and spirits

The present age of anxiety has triggered a new interest in the paranormal

Jesse Jones’s film collaboration with actor Olwen Fouéré and sound artist Susan Stenger

Jones’s idea for Ireland’s entry into the Venice Biennale was to create a fictional lost past where women held power

Enjoys sea views and elegance at Coolmanagh, a four-bed Victorian home in Dalkey

From the series 'A Psychopomp' for Juan Pablo (2017) by David Jacques (centre), part of 'Oil Is the Devil’s Excrement'

In Oil is the Devil's Excrement, artist David Jacques looks at how oil discoveries can hamper a country, as domestic manufacturing(...)

Gilt frames – favoured by  those who first bought the Impressionists’ work – are making a comeback.

The frame and glass you choose can make a huge difference to your artworks

Interior Number 15, Argyle Road, Dublin 4

Divided corner house on Argyle Road, Dublin 4, is a gem ripe for renovation

Number 9 Brighton Vale has 214sq m (2,300sq ft) of living space, laid out over two floors

Number 9 Brighton Vale is a 4-bed Victorian villa with the water’s edge almost at its doorstep

Number 13 Havelock Square with the Aviva Stadium behind. “When it’s lit up at night it’s really beautiful”

Number 13 Havelock Square, Dublin 4, is a charming, quiet extended family home

Number 27 Longford Terrace Monkstown: the  whole building extends to 441sq m (4,746sq ft)

Costa Book award winner spent early years in this Longford Terrace Victorian

Newcastle five bed near the sea includes stables, paddock and a gym for €875,000

No 6 Winton Road: a 195sq m (2,098sq ft) house in a successful mix of styles and periods.

No 6 Winton Road overlooks a tennis court, a €1.25m love match in Ranelagh

Przem Shrem Zajac at the home he shares with Les Cullinan in Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

DJ Shrem and partner artist Les Cullinan’s home zings with colour and curiosities

No 19 in the Pavilion Apartments, Dún Laoghaire

Four-bed penthouse in Dún Laoghaire with well-rounded 360 mountain-to-sea views

Mayflower House on Tubbermore Road in Dalkey has space at the side, and to the rear, that might offer potential to extend further.

Three-bed detached cottage comes with off-street parking and space to extend

David Uda painting his memorial floorpiece ‘Bloom’ on the 69th floor of 4 WTC. Photograph: Allen Kiely

A series of fortunate events brought the Dubliner to the Manhattan project

Druantia,  Woodlands Park, Blackrock: the kitchen  is by Design Yard Dalkey and has a Britannia range cooker

Five-bedroom contemporary detached house comes with a wow factor

Number 1 Crosthwaite Park West, Dún Laoghaire: end-of-terrace house has quarter of an acre of grounds

Victorian end-of-terrace house in eight apartments for €1.35 million

Denis Kenny and Fiona Gilboy of Ceadogán Rugs, Barrystown, Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

‘Fiona and I enjoy trawling markets, always in anticipation of the perfect find’

Nuala Goodman’s  Affresco wallpaper is reminiscent of the distressed plasterwork one might find in an ageing palazzo.

House Rules: on Wallpaper

A detail of Red Weed, part of Astronomical Mashup at the Lab, Dublin by Lucy McKenna. Photograph: Peter Varga

Thanks to synaesthesia Lucy McKenna experiences the world differently to most people, and now, following a stint at Cern, she’s tr(...)

29 Leeson Park, Dublin 6.  For sale after 47 years

The owner has been here since 1970 and is glad she didn’t have the money to rip it up

Ceaparana, Ballycommon, Co Tipperary, beside Lough Derg

Lavish lakeside retreat: estate with 10 bedrooms, separate cottage and 127 acres

The Hermitage is a detached family home on beautiful grounds in south Dublin

The colour purple: amethyst was thought by the ancient Greeks to guard against drunkenness.

At this time of year, purple reigns

Krendl, the Escapist: “You have to focus on your heart rate. You know you’re losing consciousness, because your fingers go numb.”

The Illusionists, who are coming to Ireland, cast a spell over charmed journalists in Paris

Lissadell, Whitechurch Road. Photograph: Fennell Photography 2017

Ganly’s family-friendly home on an acre, where he proposed to his wife, is set in a world of its own

Bright, modern, semidetached house near Dalkey features clever internal design

Property’s attic has been fully converted, offering families an abundance of space

Bonnettstown House

Five-bedroom house in glorious gardens just minutes from city for €1.1 million

John Lee:  “I’ve probably got more adventurous with experience. Before I would have thought, how am I going to make that? You get more confident. I tell myself, there is a way.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Meath furniture-maker who created seat for Michael D Higgins wins Golden Fleece Award

A classic colonial home in an upscale urban neighborhood in St  Paul, Minnesota

Style and design smooth a path over historical inequalities

The downstairs double bedroom with French windows to a secluded patio

Four-bedroom Sorrento Road detached with space to play and think

Phepotstown House in Co Meath

Elegant country house and lands, selling for €1.6m, are perfect for horse and sports lovers

Cork-based designer Alison Ospina’s sheepskin stool, which costs €180.

Pantone says colour of 2017 gives us ‘reassurance we yearn for’ amid global tumult

Caught between our behavioural and aspirational selves, it can be hard to ignore the doughnuts

It’s tempting to imitate what’s already popular but that’s not progress

A candle or crystal on top of your computer in the fame area will make you more likely to be noticed (not least if you set fire to the office).

Look east for Chinese inspiration on balancing all aspects of life – including your desk

The terrace at Salon de Ning at the Peninsula Hotel in New York. You can see Trump Tower from here – but you can also look the other way

Gemma Tipton finds some of the best places to wet your whistle in Ireland and around the globe

Joy Gerrard with her new exhibition, Shot Crowd, at the RHA Gallery: “We’re all activists now.”   Photograph: Eric Luke

Shot Crowd’s large-scale paintings of protests are overwhelming and empowering

From the book of photographs  The Republic: Workers picking vegetables in a field near Navan, Co Meath, part of the exhibition Home is Another Place at the Little Museum of Dublin. Photograph: Seamus Murphy

Irish photographer Seamus Murphy has an extraordinary eye for capturing humanity

An image from Mother River, the exhibition by Yan Wang Preston at the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar  from January 28th to March 5th.

Yan Wang Preston’s exhibition captures sweeping landscape of third-longest river

Neptune’s totally elegant solution to storing TV and media equipment, the Henley 5ft AV media cabinet in Smoke, price €4,100/£2,700, and Caspar armchair, price €2,080/£1,700. See neptune.com for Irish stockists.

It’s back to ‘Generaton Game’ with Neptune’s new version of the home entertainment centre

Eugeen Van Mieghem: Refugees, 1914, Black Chalk, 35 x 47 cm. Image courtesy of Eugeen Van Mieghem Museum, Antwerp

The Belgian artist was inspired by poor people emigrating at the port of Antwerp

Fake taxidermy unicorn head for €850 from dust.ie

From greeting cards to mugs to T-shirts, the mythical horned horse is turning up all over

Enjoy those occasional sparkling days when the air is crisp

It may be the darkest month of the year and have the gloomiest day of all, but things may be looking up for January

The pieces in the exhibition were selected from the British Council collection by fifth-year art students from St Oliver’s Community College and Our Lady’s College-Greenhills in Drogheda, Co Louth

It’s a convincing exhibition, exploring what it means to be from a place, how landscape affects us, and how we live in society

Firing Range (2011) by Mark Neville, from The Helmand Work, in Fancy Pictures

From boy soldiers to stock traders, Neville’s photos set out to spark change, and he has even seen his books burned in Scotland

Nicholas Gore Grimes in his Sandymount home with a six-arm brass chandelier with multi-coloured enamelled shades by Stilnovo, and a set of eight rosewood ‘Model 83’ dining chairs by Niels Otto Moller, c 1970. Photograph: Eric Luke

Pieces of Me: Nicholas Gore Grimes

Built-in obsolescence was one of the first moves in a game that has maximum output as its goal.

Buying shiny new stuff might keep sales figures up but it doesn’t help the environment

Aideen Barry’s Not to be Known: a single channel performative film from 2015

Culture review 2016: It was a year of madness, brilliant takes on 1916 and continuing State starvation

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