Sam Smyth of Urban Plant Life surrounded by the Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana), one of his favourite indoor plants. Photographs: Richard Johnston

It’s not easy being a house plant. Too often, it’s expected to have the endurance skills of a French Foreign legionnaire along with a supernatural (...)

Actress Ruth Wilson attends The Weinstein Company & Netflix’s 2015 Golden Globes after party. Photograph:  Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TWC 2:28
Golden Globes Winners
  • Film
  • January 12, 2015

For a full report of the 72nd Golden Globes awards ceremony click here.Best Motion Picture – DramaWinner: BoyhoodLead Actor in a Motion Picture – Dram(...)

US director Richard Linklater (centre) poses with the cast of ‘Boyhood’ in the press room after winning Best Motion Picture - Drama at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, USA, 11 January 2015. From left to right: Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Richard Linklater, Ellar Coltran and Ethan Hawke. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA 2:28

Click here for a full list of winnersThe small, often eccentric electorate at the Golden Globes sprung a few surprises last night, but Richard Linklat(...)

June Blake’s exciting, contemporary garden in County Wicklow. Photographs: Richard  Johnston

‘New beginnings”, “a fresh start”, “a new leaf”; these are the words that rattle round our heads in the fledgling weeks of a brand new year. In the(...)

A couple of weeks ago I took my first ever London bus journey. Ok, not quite on a par with scaling Kilimanjaro or going sky diving (two on the buck(...)

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

Walk in a winter wonderland
  • Travel
  • December 20, 2014, 06:00

Tis the season when even the sun empathises with the national mood and becomes a tardy riser. It is also the time when many of us fantasise about c(...)

Snow falls on Homeless Jesus in Toronto. Photograph: Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Somebody called the cops on Jesus in Davidson, North Carolina, where one resident reported “him” to the police, mistaking the life-size bronze by C(...)

Abbey reported pre-tax profits of €16.99 million for the six months to the end of October

House builder Abbey has warned that state intervention in the Irish and British housing markets has the potential to “crowd out” private investors.In(...)

Out Wednesday: euro zone retail sales (Oct).  Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
For your diary

TODAY Results: Aberdeen Asset Management; Envivio. Indicators: Irish live register (Nov); euro zone manufacturing PMI (Nov); Irish manufacturing PMI ((...)