Shaping attitudes: Nicholas Serota (in front of a Cy Twombly painting). Photograph: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

For a man who has transformed the landscape of contemporary art Nicholas Serota is remarkably understated. Maybe that’s because the one thing he doesn(...)

According to local legend, there has been a house on this commanding site at Rathbran Mór, Co Meath since 1780, though the current owner’s searches h(...)

The Blackwater Valley is peppered with incredible houses. There’s beautiful Ballynatray, which can be hired for groups if you want to get that big ho(...)

Just when you think Glandore couldn’t get any more picturesque, it throws another visual treat your way. An hour from Cork Airport, it’s no wonder th(...)

The one thing that will make the world of difference when you’re able to sit up is a set of enormous pillows. Photograph: Thinkstock

According to those who know, type B flu has peaked. It is called type B because this year’s flu vaccine didn’t cover it, but the news that it is on th(...)

Susan McKeown: “With such an ambitious and innovative project, it takes one person to begin it, to commit to making it happen.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Susan McKeown is singing in her kitchen. We’re in her home at garden level, just off one of Dún Laoghaire’s Victorian squares, and we have been talki(...)

The fridge is full of leafy greens and the fruit bowl is bursting with things to be extracted. Photograph: iStockphoto

A recent birthday saw the introduction of a Nutribullet into my life. I’m excited by this and looking forward to feeling as well as the people in the (...)

The secret to city living is realising that, whether it’s New York, Rome, Paris or London, it’s all a question of thinking in villages – or, as town p(...)

Detail of ‘The Kiss’, by Gustav Klimt: it  is one of those pictures that you want to wake up with, but not necessarily have in your livingroom

I’m guilty of it. Most people are, if they’re honest with themselves: the secret vice of buying something you don’t actually like very much because it(...)

Paris Syndrome describes the delusions, dizziness, hallucinations and anxiety caused by the intense expectations of tourists, coupled with the fact that the reality of their experiences may not quite come up to their imaginings. Photograph: Thinkstock

The Café de la Nouvelle Mairie is set on a picturesque square, just around the corner from the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Its clients and sta(...)