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

This four-bedroom detached property includes an atrium, putting green and large gardens

Extended three-bedroom house in Monkstown for €1.05 million

Relaxed, comfortable and stylish home in a very good location

Five-bedroom restored period home waiting for the finishing touch

Four-bedroom detached house with sea views is close to the beach, village and Dart

Five-bedroom house on a third of an acre in Co Wicklow

Four-bedroomed renovated cottage is on a hillside among fields and forests and includes a detached studio in gardens

Once owned by the British embassy, this is a great opportunity to buy a very distinctive house

Five-bedroom detached house with contemporary and luxurious finish

Annie Atkins: “I was born in Wales, though my Mum’s Irish. Dad was a graphic designer and from the time I was little, I wanted to be one too.”

A guide to who’s who in the Irish design world

Cottage in Kilmacanaogue, Co Wicklow with lovely gardens and views for €645,000

Extended and renovated semi-detached property has an A3 energy rating

Unique, detached house in south Dublin with four bedrooms for €2.1 million

A mix of formal and fun ensures this property – a four/five bedroom terraced house in Dun Laoghaire for €1.25 million – will imp(...)

Restored two-bedroom property on market for €650,000

Charming three-bedroom period house on Royal Terrace has 100ft garden

At home in its dramatic setting, this house on Inis Óirr in Co Galway has just been showcased at the BAU fair in Munich

Four-bedroom terraced house is much bigger than it looks from the outside thanks to a clever extension that houses a kitchen and(...)

Five/six-bedroom detached home in Rathmichael with lots of space and sea views

This well presented six-bedroom Victorian house on the exclusive Killiney Hill Road – and up the road from the U2 guitarist – has(...)

The art project by Cliona Harmey displays the names of the most recent ships to arrive into and leave from Dublin Port

Dublin port is a fascinating place, although it has become separated from the city and the people it serves. Artist Cliona Harmey’(...)

This property off Booterstown Avenue will appeal to families trading up or down

Five-bedroomed detached period family home with a walled garden and off-street parking

Verona, a Modernist detached house, has fine sea views

Andrew Clancy: Déanta Design

A guide to who’s who in the Irish design world

Ronan Murphy and Kevin Doherty: Gazel

Design is important but we often only notice when it isn’t working for us

Sara Flynn: Porcelain

A guide to who’s who in the Irish design world

James and Michael Fitzgerald: The Project Twins

A guide to who’s who in the Irish design world

Cara Murphy: Silversmith

A guide to who’s who in the Irish design world

Once derided by Albert Einstein as “spooky action at a distance”, entanglement demonstrates how some particles are so deeply linked that observing one has an effect on the other, even though they may be separated widely. Photograph: AP Photo/File

Welcome Disturbances, an exhibition of work from the UCD Science: Artists in Residence project explores the topic

 Spend a night in the Dog Bark Park Inn in Idaho, USA

You’re guaranteed a wild night staying at these wacky places

Discover Mongolia on horseback on a 14-day trek through the steppes

You’ll quickly discover four legs are good on these exciting horse riding adventures

Try your hand at glamping in the Swiss Alps with White Pod Switzerland

Get in touch with the great outdoors on these camping breaks

 Still from ‘Wanderlust’ by Encyclopedia Pictura, part of the Bjork exhibition opening at MoMA, New York, on March 8th

Cram some culture into your annual holiday - from Paris to New York to London and more

Patrick Scott’s early works, seen in his retrospective, cast a spell

Ditch the guesswork and get your significant other something she’ll really want from this collection of sharp chic and crisp cool (...)

Tearmann House, the Kinsale property of UCC president Michael Murphy and his wife Sioban, is designed to make the most of its pict(...)

Revamped romantic three-bedroomed cottage in Wicklow town for €395,000

Macy’s shoe department on Black Friday: head to the seventh floor  to pick up a card that lets you off the New York sales tax. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

With an 84% rise in bookings to New York over the festive period what do people do there?

Bernard McDonnell as Hugo the Bashful in Silent Moves

Silent Moves opens audience’s eyes to the challenges faced by people with disabilities, from feeling invisible in shops to the lac(...)

Bin man: Michael Landy with his Art Bin installation. Photograph: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty

Take a work of art out of its normal context and it can be like seeing the expensive T-shirt you splashed out on at Brown Thomas s(...)

The “Iceberg Project”, a mixed-use scheme of 200 apartments in Aarhus, Denmark

With plans for 6,700 new social housing units in Ireland by 2017, there are lots of positive examples of public housing we can dra(...)

Sean Lynch’s For the Birds, which works with the myth of An Buile Suibhne

Megahits from Game of Thrones to the Marvel universe are suffused in myth; so where are the echoes of Irish myth in contemporary c(...)

Detail from Martin Gale’s  painting, ‘Inside Turlough Hill 2014’, one of a series of works commissioned by the ESB

An atmosphere of strangeness permeates artist Martin Gale’s work – which makes him the perfect choice to paint the ESB’s storage s(...)

This Victorian property in Rathgar, formerly in bedsits, has been carefully restored and upgraded with a touch of contemporary fla(...)

Two-bedroomed property in Killiney with mountain views

Cosy three-bedroom house has views across to Bray Head and Wicklow Mountains

Three-bedroom semi-detached property with sunny kitchen extension for €715,000

Fairs cropping up around the country

Detached and double fronted property with plenty of space to extend

With stunning views of Dublin Bay, this split-level 1980s build has had a complete revamp, project-managed on site by the current (...)

Bright and recently refurbished property with enclosed garden for €495,000

Spacious four-bed semi-detached house in Dún Laoghaire for €1.1 million

Three-bedroom refurbished property for €985,000

Nest House in East Wall by Urban Agency

From Georgian gems to sewage services, via some intriguing private homes, the free annual architecture fest has something for all (...)

This eight-bedroom Victorian house, built in Tudor style, has magical views across the bay to Dalkey island, and with just a snap (...)

A Hampton conservatory, cantilevered stairs and Versace tiled floors are strong selling points for this property’s estate agent ow(...)

Five-bed property is a monument to natural materials

Three-bedroom apartment in Dun Laoghaire has panoramic views

A Victorian redbrick in Rathmines goes on the market for more than three times what the owners paid for it. But the extensive reno(...)

Five-bed period terraced house with contemporary extension for €2.15 million

Art at work: Heather Humphreys in her office with a painting by Steven Mannion Farrell. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Heather Humphreys’s lack of an arts background was much discussed when she was made the Minister for the sector, but she is showin(...)

The fake Prada shop erected by Elmgreen and Dragset in  the middle of the desert between Marfa and neighbouring Valentine. Photograph: Getty

Some remote places have been transformed by the input of artists, the latest being a town in Devon planned by Damien Hirst. Could (...)

Four-bed Period home with original features

Two-storey over ground floor level period home with four bedrooms for €2.5 million

Cavrean is a four-bedroom house with generous gardens on Avoca Avenue

Roncalli has all the scope and flexibility you could need for a growing family, and plenty of privacy too with secluded gardens

20 Butler Court, 31 Lower Ormond Quay

Both of these city centre apartments - one with a terraced garden – look on to the river

Hut on Sleds on Whangapoua Beach, New Zealand by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

Scaling down doesn’t have to mean cramped or uncomfortable, as some of the world’s leading architects demonstrate in imaginative a(...)

Five-bedroom International-style house has had a contemporary upgrade

For all its period grandness, Cuil Min in Blackrock is a comfortable, family home

This five-bedroom Crampton-built home has plenty of potential and its location on a quiet road just a stroll from Donnybrook and B(...)

The Old Rectory in Skerries is a four-bedroom Victorian houseon three levels with views of the coast and a walled garden with its (...)

Art works at Kerlin Gallery

Auctioneer Garrett O’Connor in Dublin holding the prized Damien Hirst painting that sold at an anonymous auction for just €380. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

The spending power of super-rich collectors who are blinded by celebrity is making Old Masters unsaleable while brash works fetch (...)

Images: Stopmotion animation stills by Aideen Barry for Changing Tracks 2014

Aideen Barry’s work, dotted along the Westport-Achill Greenway, is inspired by local folklore and the pioneering spirit of Lillias(...)

Spoiled for priorities: Heather Humphreys receives her seal of office from the President. Photograph: Alan Betson

Heather Humphreys is the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Some key people whose work her decisions will affect(...)

Plate by Diulio Forte, from ‘Meditation on plates, inspired by Lord Charlemont’s Casino’

Asked to create art works around the 18th-century Casino in Marino, artists came up with a delicious project, ‘Meditation on Plate(...)

Five-bedroom detached house on five acres of private grounds with pool

House in Ohio, US on market for €10,000

The properties listed below are priced from €6,000 and upwards and are an intriguing prospect – but buyers need to do their homewo(...)

A restored redbrick close to Donnybrook, Ranelagh and the city centre

This period house in Monkstown is ready to walk into, but still has room to improve in the basement

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