Gerry Adams during his address to delegates at the Sinn Féin Ardfheis last weekend. Live coverage of the political party ardfheiseanna and conferences will cost about €150,000-€200,000 in 2017, according to RTÉ. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gerry Adams grabbed the biggest audience last weekend but leader broadcasts have had their day

Carrigaline Pottery was a success from the start

Based on a hunch by Hodder Roberts that pottery could be made from local clay in Cork

Meticulously upgraded and extended at the Rock Road end of Booterstown Ave

16 The Warehouse, Clanbrassil Terrace, The Blackpits, Dublin 8

Two-bed apartment on Clanbrassil Terrace part of development at old Crowe Wilson building

A decent makeover could transform this Blackrock two-bed off Avoca Avenue

10 Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2

Grand period property with income potential on Mount Street Crescent

The IQ light system was designed in 1972 by Danish designer Holger Strøm, who was then working at the Kilkenny Design Workshops, Ireland. Photograph: iqlight.com

Design Moment: IQ light, c 1972

A small dining room at 22 Ardagh Drive in Blackrock opens out to the back garden and into the kitchen extension.

Ardagh Drive house was more than doubled in size to 170sq m during remodelling

A sack-back Windsor Chair

18th-century chair has distinctive comb and hoop backs and is renowned for its longevity

Modern Donnybrook three-bed a good fit with neighbours

Willow Pattern presented a fantasy image of China to people who would never go. Photograph: iStock

Originally imported from China in vast quantities, English potteries sought to fill the demand for the highly fashionable porcelai(...)

Although renovation is under way, the house boasts tremendous sense of space and elegance

Attention to detail is striking in this renovated home on Beechwood Road for €1.595m

The glass is one of those rare designs that is still ubiquitous because of its perfect combination of elegance and durability

24 Leeson Park, Dublin 6

Spacious renovated four-bed Victorian house ideally situated in Ranelagh

Cycling on the beach at Jurmala, Latvia – not as easy as it looks

On a gruelling week-long cycle through Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, sometimes it’s nice to just take the tourbus to the next hot(...)

Stationery and storage are big sellers

No-brand quality goods with global recognition

Charming three-storey redbrick has five bedrooms and a large south-facing garden

Four-bed house has a light-filled interior and scope to extend upwards

The Nike Air Force 1. It was a technologically advanced basketball shoe, marketed initially to basketball players

The shoe became an influential and enduring item of streetstyle

2 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, 376sq m (4,050sq ft), is selling for €3 million through SherryFitzGerald

The 376sq m house in Dublin’s embassy belt previously rented by British Embassy

Number 47 Warner’s Lane, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 is on sale for €950,000

Tucked away behind Leeson Street, 47 Warner’s lane is quiet but close to the city centre

It shows the constructive simplicity that marks it as truly modern

Made by Italian label Cappellini, it edged its way into modern classic status

Following a makeover the apartment is being presented in pristine condition

A hanging wall plaque  from John ffrench’s Arklow Studio Pottery

BT’s ffrench collection was ‘tortured ashtrays at three guineas apiece’, according to Flann O’Brien

43 Marlborough Road, Dublin 4

Four-bedroom over-basement Victorian’s garden features a flexible studio space

Number 9 Convent Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin has 150sq m of space, with scope to extend

This 1930s three-bed on Convent Road might suit downsizers or a family with schoolgoing kids

Number 17 Longford Terrace, Monkstown, Co Dublin, is 445sq m (4,790sq ft)

Number 17 has been converted back into a magnificent family home in walk-in condition

Ireland’s most famous neon sign at South Great George’s St in Dublin

In 1912 the words “Palais Coiffeur” lit up the boulevard Montmartre

1 Frankfort Avenue, Rathgar, Dublin 6

She lived here with her Polish husband and was hugely involved with Dublin’s artistic life

21 Iona Park, Dublin 9

Spacious four-bed property with attractive interior features in Iona Park

Chances are you have an Ikea Billy bookcase or know someone who does. And not just one – several.

Such is the ubiquity of the Ikea shelves there is an index for it to compare spending power in different countries

Spacious four-bed home close to city centre has attic conversion and large rear garden

Six-bed with 0.75acres extended to incorporate coach house

17 Orwell Park, Dublin 6

Semi-detached Rathgar Victorian has been restored by both previous owners

1830s property on 0.4 acre has potential to become comfortable family home

Production of  Volkswagen’s camper van ended in 2013 but last month it was announced that a new modernised version will be put into production. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/EPA

Beloved ‘hippie van’ is set to return as an all-electric vehicle with a sleeker shape

Belisama, Woodlands Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

A fine family home marries period personality and modern luxury

1 Brookfield, Mount Merrion Avenue

This house, on the market for the first time since the 1970s, has space to play with

The outdoor swimming pool at 15 Ailesbury Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Dublin 4 property has seven bedrooms, a tennis court and an outdoor swimming pool

A pioneer of post-war Italian design, she was fiercely individualistic, always swimming against the tide

4 Darley Street, Dublin 6: opened up terraced house close to the Grand Canal.

Number 4 Darley Street in Dublin 6 uses space well and is close to the city centre

Four-bed house has a soaring entrance hall and the kitchen upstairs

 Broadcaster Ivan Yates: “They’ve gone with safety. They know what he’s going to deliver. It’s not revolutionary in any way,” said Craig Farrell of Zenith Media. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Yates’s switch to Newstalk’s drivetime show highlights lack of female voices on Irish radio

By 1936 the prototype was ready, looking much like the Aviator  today – a delicate lightweight frame encasing large teardrop-shaped green lenses.

Design Moment: how eye protection for 1930s US pilots became popular sunglasses

Four Cork Chairs  that have seen better days

These chairs have brown leather seating and tend to be the most sought after by collectors

The Irish Pavilion, designed by Michael Scott, at the New York World’s Fair of 1939. The building was shaped like a shamrock. Photograph:  Courtesy of RIA.

A perfect opportunity for a statement of national identity and purpose

52 Bayview Avenue

You could move straight in to this 102 sq m house, which was rented for some years

End-of-terrace at corner of South Circular Road and Dufferin Avenue has potential

The signature Pantone product are its guides, those narrow cardboard sheets printed with small, numbered colour swatches

When Lawrence Herbert invented a ‘universal language of colour’, it quickly took off

Some consider it the quintessential capitalist typeface because it used by so many corporations; others consider it socialist as i(...)

46 Edenvale Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6: buyers will be attracted by the “all done” nature of the house.

Number 46 Edenvale Road has a clever extension that floods the kitchen with light

Number 78 Kincora Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3:  Art Deco house four double bedrooms.

Number 78 Kincora Road is a cool Art Deco home in a great Dublin suburb

59 Bushy Park Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6

A 1950s Rathgar bungalow on a 0.75 acre site will pique developer interest

 A Lalique frosted scent bottle modelled as a single flowerhead and stopper formed as a wasp, c. 1912

Design moment: Lalique, c.1888

The Irish Heart Foundation pulls no punches in its current “Stop Junk Brands Targeting Kids” campaign, saying that brands “use underhand and unregulated marketing tactics. Their influence has spread into children’s homes, digital devices and even their schools.”

The Irish Heart Foundation is campaigning against cynical advertising aimed at children

Le Bas Terrace, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Behind the redbrick facades, emphasis in the interiors is on space and light

Semi-detached house built in the 1870s retains many period features

Digital advertising boasts a no waste, data-driven measurability and pinpoint targeted delivery. Photograph: Istock

Spending on digital platforms is forecast to exceed ad spend on TV in the US this year

Toile de Jouy: Famous artists including Fragonard were commissioned to create designs and thousands of different ones were produced at the Jouy factory.

The fabric with pastoral scene designs has roots in the banning of cotton in France

95A Beaumont Avenue, Churchtown, Dublin 14

Modern, ready to walk into new house in a well-established suburb

28 Whitehall Road, Churchtown Road, Dublin 14 has  150sq m (1,609sq ft) spread over two floors

With its granite finish and redbrick detailing, 28 Whitehall Road feels like an old building

The Swiss  railway clock: the simple, unfussy  look proclaims reliability and order. Photograph: AFP/GettyImages

Strikingly simple look is a triumph of modernist design

15 Shanganagh Terrace, Killiney, Co Dublin

This instantly charming four-bed property has substantial gardens and piles of parking

4 Glenart Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin

No detail overlooked in quality turnaround project at No 4 Glenart Avenue

St Anne’s, Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin: period details and stunning sea views.

St Anne’s (€2.7m) on Coliemore Road offers period details and a stone coach house

Fluid rigidity: Danish designer Verner Panton’s chair is stackable for practicality and the lipped edge makes it easier to move around

Design Moments: Panton Chair,1960 was straight out of the space age

KitchenAid Model K food mixer: One of its key selling points was that the attachments could be used on any KitchenAid mixer

Its retro design chimed with gentle, almost quaint idea of home baking as a pastime

The owners of 2 Ailesbury Drive, Dublin 4 changed the staircase in the grand double-height entrance hall

Straide House in Ailesbury Drive is perfect for a family trading up to a top location

Beautifully modernised four-bed formerly owned by British embassy for €2.39m

Bright and spacious detached family four-bed in Moorefield for sale for €935,000

No 82 Highfield Road in Rathgar, Dublin

Edwardian house has plenty of space to extend and to add off-street parking

One half of castellated Victorian with added extension on Saintbury Avenue for €2.25m

31 Park Avenue, Dublin 4

Substantial six-bed property with beautifully manicured garden for €3.5 million

Double-fronted property in prime location has five bedrooms and open-plan kitchen

7 Angelsea Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin

Two-storey extension to the rear has made a substantial difference to fine terraced house

Multipiece sets of early Fiestaware can go well north of $1,000 on Ebay

Pottery instantly stood out for its solid bright colours and nods to art deco

An exterior view of the property

The house has been furnished with new carpets, is freshly painted and looking its best

Number 69 Park Avenue, Dublin 4: handsome with 297sq m/3,200sq ft of space.

Number 69 Park Avenue is a handsome semi with full-sized tennis court

Porte Dauphine Metro, Paris: Two cast-iron pillars look like flower stalks,  a soft green support and a delicate-looking fan-shaped canopy to keep the rain off commuters.

Hector Guimard’s elegant transport entrance is a thing of function and beauty

74 Monkstown Road, Co Dublin

Mid-19th century three-bedroom Victorian home completely renovated and modernised

The two  interconnecting reception rooms have  matching marble fireplaces with duck-egg blue tile inserts, shuttered sash windows, cornicing and ceiling roses

Extended Victorian semi-D renovated in heritage style, with plenty of original features

The Louvre: 666 diabolical panes of glass? No, actually

When Chinese architect IM Pei’s pyramid opened, it was a magnet for controversy

Numbers 16 and 9 St Mary's Road are similar sized Victorians in walk-in condition on one of Dublin's premier roads

Number 9 St Mary’s Road, Dublin 4 is on the open market through Lisney for €1.9 million

This end-of-terrace redbrick in Dublin 4 in walk-in condition with elegant original features

9 Iona Drive: 230sq m house with a 25m-long back garden has an  asking price of €1.25 million.

Number 9 Iona Drive is a very spacious 230sq m family house with great proximity to town

Anthora paper coffee cup

For retro authenticity, the Anthora has appeared in modern TV classic ‘Mad Men’

Number 22 Howth Road has two storeys over garden level.

Three-bedroom semidetached house set back from road has pedestrian-only front access

12 & 12A Corrig Road, Dun Laoghaire

Architect-owned four-bed family home with two-bed adjoining house

Initially ceramic and textiles were for display only, but demand was such they became widely available to  public in  Nassau St outlet in Dublin – and a logo was required

Louis le Brocquy’s logo stamped on bowl or pot was sign of quality and good design

39 Greenfield Road, Mount Merrion

1930s semi with a large garden has been in the same family for 60 years

Villa Tyone in Foxrock, Co Dublin

Detached house with room to improve and space to extend

To cool for design school: Henrik Thor-Larsen and his iconic Ovalia chair

The Scandi hot seat’s futuristic design all but screams the swinging, go-go-booted ’60s

Number 3 Grosvenor Place has a 33m back garden

Five-bedroom home comes with plenty of parking

A vast kitchen-cum-dining and livingroom was added to 16 Annesbrook, Clonskeagh

An extended house in a quiet enclave near UCD is ready to walk into

Egg Chair, Danish, 1958. Designer: Arne Jacobsen

Design Moment: Arne Jacobsen’s1958 classic should have been called something less eggy and a name more owing to its wing-back ante(...)

Property was previously sold in 2010 for €465,000 but has been totally refurbished

Five-bedroom home lies over three levels and includes conservatory and mezzanine

Castleton’s modest entrance conceals a large property filled with original gothic features

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