Restaurant at the Owl and The Pussycat Hotel, Galle, Sri Lanka

Happy accidents leading to good conclusions an apt way to describe 'this beautiful country'

The a/political’s provocative art is setting up shop in Dublin for a year

Westfield House, Ballybride Road, Rathmichael, Dublin 18. This 6 bed house is for sale with Sherry FitzGerald for €1.25million

Spacious six-bedroom Westfield House on half-acre site in walk-in condition

Victorian two-bed at water’s edge lovingly restored with impressive results

The stories behind religion: Julia Poirier, book conservator with the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle looking  a mid-16th century Koran. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

From ancient pagan carvings to Michelangelo’s masterpieces, the stories that art has left as a legacy can bring greater understand(...)

Shipping Container House: Gordon and Maggie Kelley with their children Gordie (7) and Penny Bell (eight months), at their house built from shipping containers at Ringsend , Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

More than 80 buildings are on view, but here are our top 10 must-see destinations

Computer generated image of Shackleton Park, Lucan

More than 40 homes in the Cairn Shackleton scheme to be released

Elizabeth Magill with her work. Photograph: Hugo Glendinning

Elizabeth Magill makes works of tremendous beauty, but she’s not averse to a little rough treatment to get to the heart of the wor(...)

Aideen Barry’s ‘Press Image’

The best of photography, painting, and installations from around the galleries

Breda Mayock preparing a banner for the Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eight Ammendment. Photo: Alison Laredo

Artists have a rich history of activism, using their talents to take their messages out of the gallery and into the street

51 Sandford Terrace, Ranelagh, for sale with Hunters for €2.95 million

Sandford Terrace, where Mary Robinson lived, is hidden away but close to the city

A still from Elaine Byrne’s ‘Cold Rush’, 2017. Courtesy of the artist

In the future, will humans bio-engineer their bodies to suit our changing environment and fashions? The Lab’s new show has some su(...)

Bassam al Sabah, TP Tendril, at Eight Gallery

Works by Vera Klute, Janet Mullarney, Bassam Al-Sabah and Nigel Rolfe are on show

Kitchen at Coney Island, The Cove, Baltimore,  for sale with Charles McCarthy Estate Agents for €750,000

West Cork retreat a holiday home that can also serve superbly as a year-round house

Tanglewood, Military Road, Killiney, is an architect-designed redbrick with six bedrooms for €2.25 million

Craftsmanship evident throughout in this 331sq m redbrick on Military Road

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From wellness to weirdness and family-friendly fun, we’ve got you covered

An end-of-terrace property with three bedrooms, 88 Iveagh Gardens in Dublin 12 extends to 107sq m (1,152sq ft).

Iveagh Gardens house boasts 107sq m of space and large back garden

Paul Henry, Dawn, Killary Harbour, 1921, Courtesy Ulster Museum

Visionaries or mythologisers? These two titans of Jack B Yeats and Paul Henry describe the conflict at the heart of Ireland

Miss Saigon: the musical dramatises the fall of what is now Ho Chi Minh City during the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War isn’t obvious musical material, but Schönberg and Boublil’s classic show, which is on its way to Ireland, pulls it(...)

Sonia Shiel, Still Life With Plans, at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

There’s some seriously strong painting on show, along with a few very surreal ideas

That’s right, it’s a propeller for added speed by JP Donleavy (2017)

Painting was his first love, and the author allegedly wrote The Ginger Man in a pique after his work received a lukewarm reception

2 Cowper Gardens, Dublin 6.

Ita Quilligan painted, gave art classes and raised 11 children in the six-bed home

46 Villiers Road, Rathgar.

Renovated and extended by its owners during their 10-year stay

Wardenstown House, Co Westmeath. This 497sq m (5,346sq ft) house on 86 acres is for sale with Savill’s and Egan Auctioneers for €2.2 million

Georgian estate, with bar, gym, sunroom, stables and cottage, dates back to 1400s

Kari Cahill and Hazel McCague are behind Tombolo, a month-long residency for eight artists on Brow Head. Photograph: Ashley Beer

Unlike the monumentalism of some land art, a show on the Mizen peninsula scales things down so people can look more closely at the(...)

Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Freedom of Movement, film still, at the MART Gallery

Visual Art: In 1960, Bikila won Olympic gold, while running barefoot through a Fascist showcase in Rome. Mart's latest show recall(...)

The kitchen with a view through to the lounge at 92 Merrion Road

Six-bedroom house in Dublin 4 has been comprehensively refurbished since 2016

Monkstown home of former Irish Times editor Conor Brady, where he now writes his crime series

Perishable Picnic by Deirdre O’Mahony. Photograph: Brian Cregan

From fruity picnics to provocative pigeons. Art goes over to the wild side this week

Artist Brian O’Doherty: ‘Now that I’ve got less permanent, I would like to do some permanent installations.’ Photograph: George Tatge

The artist, doctor and Booker-shortlisted author is as busy as ever in his 90th year, with projects in Ireland, Italy and his adop(...)

Caroline McCarthy, ‘Mansize’ at Butler Gallery

Weekly art review: Chain reactions in Kilkenny and some tantalising ‘alternative facts’ in Cork

Exterior at 19 Vavasour Square, on the market for €1.25 million with Sherry FitzGerald

Four- to five-bed on Vavasour Square is a heavenly hideaway

 Who owns the right to outrage? Folk opera Counting Sheep is set during the 2014 Maidan revolution.   Photograph: Jeremy Mimnagh

Culture shock: Authenticity or personal experience gives you a particular perspective on an issue – but not absolute dibs

Detail still from Promisings 2013 by Elaine Reynolds at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon

If you think contemporary art is no laughing matter, a trip to Project might change your mind

Eilís O’Connell’s, ‘Capsule for Destinies Unknown’, 2017. Photograph: Steve Russell Studios, courtesy Gallery Pangolin

The work of Iriish artist Eilís O’Connell features in a major exhibition in England alongside artists Damien Hirst, Lynn Chadwick,(...)

Ciarán Murphy’s L-2 (2013) at the Hennessy Art Fund for Imma

Imma’s Hennessy Art Fund collection is missing something else besides context

Dr Eva Orsmond at her home in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As the TV doctor moves to Portugal, her five-bed dormer near Kilquade goes on the market

Rock to the Top, Ciarán Taylor for South Dublin County Council In Context 4

What’s getting the arty treatment this week?

William Crozier’s work from ‘The Edge of the Landscape

From land to sea, William Crozier in West Cork, and artists getting aquatic at the Glucksman Gallery

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

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

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

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

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