Craughwell on Brighton Road is on the market for €2.5 million

Neighbouring homes that made headlines in 2005 when they sold for about €7.3 million each are back on the market through the recei(...)

Villa Mimosa, Main Street, Castletownshend, west Cork (€235,000): a five-bed terraced Georgian house with harbour views.

Get away from it all with these boltholes in Ballydehob, Castletownshend and Inishbofin

Cottage exterior, Co Kikenny. Photograph from

From roofing, to half-doors and kitchen dressers, here are 10 ways to get it right

The €1.95m Georgian home was among the first to be constructed on Waltham Terrace

The floor area of 98 Iveagh Gardens now extends to 128sq m (1,378sq ft).

Architect-designed house near schools and transport, and a three-bed red brick in Iveagh Gardens

Butler Denis Nevin will serve afternoon tea in the Pugin Room at Lismore Castle, Co Waterford, on March 19th in aid of the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing.

Cool linen sheets; ‘Devonshire Day’ at Lismore; zero waste guru comes to Dublin

Spacious five-bed redbrick on Highfield Road is largest of seven properties on terrace

Floor-to-ceiling double-glazed windows include, in the living room,  French windows by Munster Joinery that open to a Juliet balcony framing a view that includes the RDS on Anglesea Road.

View of RDS is icing on cake for two-bedroom apartment built on former bakery site

Luxury development: exteriors at  Knockrabo, Mount Anville Road, Dublin 14

Maplewood residential scheme sees 23 A-rated houses come to market at Knockrabo with prices starting from €775,000

The kitchen has Siematic wall and floor units.

No 42 Terenure Park, with five bedrooms, a second sitting room, and two large parks nearby, is ideal for a growing family

Developer launches 33 three and four-bedroom homes starting from €450,000

Belltree Clongriffin

Second phase of Belltree Park with mix of houses styles now on the market

Long View is phase three of Millers Glen development near Swords.  Photograph: Peter Moloney/ PM Photography

Prices start at €315,000 in the development A3-rated houses in north Dublin

Silken Park. Photograph: Peter Moloney, PM Photography

Citywest development offers passive house systems that help cut energy bills

Three- and four-bed homes in Rathfarnham development

Goddard Littlefair has breathed new life into the Principal Hotel, York. Photograph: Gareth Gardner

A new scheme in Ballsbridge styled by renowned international interiors firm Goddard Littlefair promises luxury not seen since the (...)

Please credit: Peter Moloney, PM Photography.

Scheme consists of seven three-bed properties of which five are townhouses

Oaktree estate on Tully Road, just outside Kildare town

Emphasis is on affordable quality in Lydon-built estate of three- and four-bed homes

Thomas Carroll’s  iPhone cases. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Pieces of me: Tom Carroll, bookbinder

What can prospective buyers in the area expect to pay?

Rainbow party dress from Next

There is a wide selection to choose from. See which best suits your children

Gabriel Byrne of Fantasy Lights has been working with Christmas lights for more than 30 years. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Get some advice from some of yuletide’s key players behind the scenes each December

Carolyn Donnelly: “I go mad with fresh flowers. I love honest blue hyacinths lined up in little pots and like to buy flowers as gifts”

Wrap up your Christmas with decorative tips and gift ideas to delight friends and family

Will Ferrell in Elf, showing at Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, on Saturday, December 17th

From traditional pantos to modern musicals, there’s plenty to see and do this Christmas

Comedian and writer David O’Doherty brings his new show, Big Time, to Whelan’s, Dublin on December 15th, 16th 17th and 18th.

We all want to spend time with loved ones, so why not invite them for a night out?

The exterior of 114 Meadowmount, in Churchtown, Dublin 14

Three-bedroom house is now double its original size and has a B3 Ber rating

€1.395million property is in good family location but needs modernising throughout

Photograph: Peter Moloney/PM Photography

Latest phase of Abbott’s Glen comprises three-bed ground-floor and first-floor homes

Riversdale is a small development comprising four and five-bed properties

4 Portobello Road, Portobello, Dublin 8:  the estate agent  reckons you could get a   monthly rental income of up to €2,000

DNG asking €425,000 for bijou 56sq m Portobello property

34 Hyde Park Avenue:  with  a 90ft  garden set out mainly in lawn with specimen trees, it feels very private and has a southwesterly aspect

Agent seeks €945,000 for 158sq m house with 28sq m back garden

Three-quarter acre site with an historic ruined cable hut at Newscastle, Co Wicklow.

Thinking of building a house? There are sites to suit all pockets around Ireland

Four-bed Blackrock home has hosted plenty of parties – and includes a Shomera

The Churchfields development, built by Cairn Homes, in Ashbourne, Co Meath

When complete, Churchfields will consist of 300 A-rated three- and four-bed houses

The semi-detached house on Dublin’s north side has lots of fine features.

The elegant bay-fronted five-bedroom redbrick house in Clontarf is an executor sale

The local picture-house experience will get up close to the glorious production values and make you feel like you’re actually in the gilded and velvet-clad surroundings of Covent Garden.

Forget Pinterest – the spectacle of the opera can give you some fresh ideas for the home

A Ventura Design showhouse in Silveracre, Rathfarnham, Co Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sherwood Photography

Arlene McIntyre’s Ventura Design turns developers’ new houses into 'dream homes'

Ashfield estate: travel time to the city via the Port Tunnel is 25 minutes

Ashfield estate has 10 homes remaining with easy transport links to city centre

Everything in Dublin 4 property, overlooking 18th hole of Elm Park golf course, is new

Stepaside Park: each house has two parking spaces and a gated side entrance. Glencairn Green line Luas stop is about a 20-minute walk.  

Dublin 18 houses with period feel are for sale for between €725,000 and €795,00

15 Reuben Street, Rialto: plenty of potential

Builder Kevin Moran casts an expert eye over three properties ‘in need of modernisation’ and assesses whether a costly renovation (...)

Terraced house in Stella Gardens has large open fire and sandstone-paved backyard

Light-filled accommodation includes kitchen extension and three double bedrooms

There’s a six-ring range cooker by AEG, a fridge freezer and dishwasher, both Electrolux, as well as a utility hidden behind a set of floor-length cupboard doors.

Roomy, high-spec properties situated on the Old Navan Road

The suite at Anyhoe Park redesigned by Matthew Williamson

The designer famed for his fantastical bohemian prints is expanding from fashion to furnishings

The formal diningroom at Birch Castle, which is painted in 20 coats of peacock-blue lacquer. Photograph: Douglas Friedman Photography

Decorator Ken Fulk creates interiors for tech royalty, including Napster’s Sean Parker and Bebo founders Michael and Xochi Birch. (...)

Creative event  offers a carnival-themed evening with stalls  that guests can play after dinner before the DJ set starts. Photograph:

Staff events offer the same old fare year after year. How do you inject a fresh angle?

The Strawberry Tree organic restaurant at Brook Lodge in Co Wicklow  serves sharing plates at a candle-lit table that seats up to 44 diners.

From a 1916 theme to the circus, some options for an office night out with a difference

Rein it in: Remember you are at work. All companies have different cultures and different tolerance levels when it comes to boisterous behaviour. Photograph: iStockphoto

Don’t dance on the tables, and don’t drunkenly demand a pay rise. Here are a few tips for staying off the boss’s naughty list

Men’s fashion at Next; cropped trousers, €19.95 at  Zara; Joanne Hynes Neoprene Perspex coat, €250 at Dunnes Stores

If you tailor your outfit to the theme of the occasion you’ll have fun in great comfort as well as style

Marble fireplaces, plenty of room to escape to and parking for up to five cars

Three-storey house in the Cottonwood development, Dublin 15

Cottonwood properties built by B&C Contractors and designed by Van Dijk Architects

Chadsley was designed by architect Richard Orpen, but could benefit from a little updating

Spacious home: This roomy semi-detached house at 18 Fortfield Terrace in Rathmines was built in the 1930s.

The semi-detached house in Dublin 6 has a south-facing garden and off-street parking

This fine, five-bed end-of-terrace house has big bay windows and many original features

Modern and spacious Dublin 6 house on large plot of land benefits from privacy

Suzie McAdam: paint combinations make furniture and artwork “more vivid”. Photograph: Ruth Maria Murphy

New line of colour palettes will feature in workshops held by designer Suzie McAdam

American decorator Carleton Varney, owner of the upscale decorating company Dorothy Draper & Company and author of more than 30 books

We don’t do beige and grey, says decorator Carleton Varney, whose first job in Ireland was to revamp Dromoland Castle

Three-bed period terraced house with smart back garden in Ranelagh for €950,000

Churchfield, 50-60 Clontarf Road

A small development of 15 houses and four one-bedroom apartment

These hotly anticipated homes – built on land once owned by Miami Showband frontman – were designed with modern families in mind, (...)

Shanganagh Drive, River Lane, Shankill

Three-storey, four-bed homes with south-facing gardens and cobblelock parking is set on a secluded site of nearly half an acre ove(...)

Robswall in Malahide

Nine new A-rated four-bedroom homes – all with sea view

New phase of 20 A-rated three-storey, four- to five-bed terraced homes

Abbot’s Grove. Photograph: Peter Moloney/PM Photography

Abbot’s Grove is a development of four-bed A-rated homes in Knocklyon, Dublin

Loreto, 10B The Mews, Prince Edward Terrace, Blackrock

Architect-designed three-bed semi-detached house with off-street parking for €895,000

1 Winton Avenue, Rathgar, Dublin 6

Since buying this 1860s, double-fronted house in 1987, the owner has added a conservatory and bedrooms, restored period features a(...)

A three- to four-bedroom Georgian propertyfor €995,000

Five-bedroom period redbrick overlooking Fairfield Park

Tom Keane and Claire Graham, owners of The Old Mill Stores in Connonagh Village, Co Cork –  winners of the Best Craft/Gift Shop category. Photograph: Emma Jervis

This year’s judges had a tough job sifting through more than 30,000 entries. Readers were eager to show their appreciation for th(...)

Several ‘for sale’ signs have popped up on Beechwood Avenue but this end of terrace is roomier than most and with clear potential (...)

The three-bedroom apartment in the Wintergarden is on sale for €525,000

Cuan Delph: Renvyle is a five-minute drive away

Dolphins frolic in the waters below this house – and the nearby beaches are gorgeous

The Grass Roof cafe in Rossinver, Co Leitrim is nominated for Best Café/Teashop

Thousands of nominations have been considered and we’ve whittled the competition down to a shortlist of 100 and sent our judges ou(...)

Design Works Studio in Cork city, where you can see the jewellers at work and connect with the merchandise, turning browsers into buyers

The hunt is almost over, with nominations closed and a shortlist being compiled

You have until midnight to nominate your favourite haunts for Best Shops 2016

The Fireplace Barbershop on Dublin’s South William Street.

Service is key to a good shopping experience, and is a big factor for the judges of Best Shops 2016

Olivia O’Regan of Foody’s Pharmacy, Ballina, Co Mayo: ‘She was usually my first point of call whenever I needed advice,’ wrote Teresa Keegan

Breakfast cafes, a craft shop where you can sit and knit and a pharmacist who cares are nominated

Best Shops 2016: over 23,000 nominations

With more than 23,000 nominations so far, how has your county fared?

O’Connell’s Victuallers, Limerick city, opened in 1919 by Paddy O’Connell and taken over by Philip Craughan and run now by his son Paul, “has the friendliest and most genuine staff,” says Grace Sheridan.

Best family-run shops competition draws a big response from readers

The Shack, Marble Hill, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal: a beautiful spot , says one reader

Best Shops: Take a detour to visit some hidden gems

31 Rathgar Avenue,  Dublin 6

This house in Dublin 6 is in need of ‘total refurbishment’. We ask a builder what that would involve, what sort of extension coul(...)

The Knitting Room: Owners Brendan, pictured, and Carrie Kavanagh of the Donnycarney Dublin 5 shop go the extra mile, say their customers

Llittle kindnesses tend to mean a lot in small communities

The exterior of the coach house after restoration. Photographs: Philip lauterbach

The 200-year-old property has contemporary interior and original features

An Siopa Feirme,  Waterville, Co Kerry: “small outlet with a huge heart”

Best Shops: stores of all types that create a sense of community are a favourite with readers

Brothers Barry, Fehan and Kieran Flood, owners of Churchtown Stores, Churchtown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Incisive, informed comments by readers is what the judges are looking for

Five-bed Edwardian with long garden near Bushy Park

Three-bed terraced property is at the quiet end of Moyne Road

Two-bed semi-detached house on Cranmer Lane has been recently redecorated

Terraced house in a quiet development for €330,000

Bang Bang, North Leinster, Phibsboro, Dublin: community-minded attitude and “the best coffeee I have ever tasted”, writes one reader

Best Shops 2016: the search is on for the best place to get your caffeine fix

‘Going into a great shop is about so much more than what you can buy there, it’s about the experience,’ says judge Sarah Halliwell. photograph: getty

Our expert judges each have their own specific shopping list for this year’s competition

Objekt, Newcastlewest, Co Limerick: clever, unusual accessories, according to one reader

Visual merchandising has captured readers’ imagination in the Best Shops 2016

Three-bed terraced house in Dublin 7 for €449,000

Clancy Quay sees a sympathetic conversion into upscale rentals

Furniture designer Susan Zelouf, in her apartment in Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Susan Zelouf - one half of Zelouf and Bell - looks to her travels and the everyday for inspiration

Businesses such as the Bud Garden Centre in Clare tested the waters as a pop-up before diving in

Is the pop-up shop a smart way to test the retail market? We talk to some success stories

Refurbished terrace house in Glenageary for €625,000

Three-bedroom gate lodge at Newcastle House, Co Longford on market for €350,000

Visual artist Seibheal Mooney with her installation ‘In My Skin’ at  the preview of the NCAD Graduate Show. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins attends preview of exhibition of work by over 500 students

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