Everything is Irish on the breakfast menu at Pembroke Townhouse,  in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, with  plenty of scones, cakes, and traditional breads, all made in-house. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

ALL PIG, ALL DAY There’s always strong demand for “Pig in a Day” classes that teach the rudiments of butchering a pig and putting every bit of (...)

The heart of Dublin was so riddled by urban blight 40 years ago that one former Lord Mayor (the late Jim Mitchell, of Fine Gael) complained that it(...)

Marie Claire Digby selects the best cookbook reads for Christmas. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Extra Virgin Kitchen By Susan Jane White (Gill & Macmillan, €27.99) Just the thing for those contemplating a January detox, but more tha(...)

Neven Maguire (left) celebrating his win in the cookbook category at the Irish Book Awards  with television presenter Graham Norton

The Nation’s Favourite Food Fast!, written by Neven Maguire and published by Gill & Macmillan (€22.99), has won the cookbook category at the Bord (...)

Mary Costello: her debut novel, Academy Street, is published by Canongate today

Mary Costello has double cause to celebrate today as on the same day that her debut novel, Academy Street, is published by Canongate, it has just b(...)

Irish Roots

One piece of popular science that lingers in the public imagination is the notion of menstrual synchrony, the way in which the monthly cycles of women(...)

Conor Brady: his judgment on the force    now is implicit in his decision not to seek reappointment to GSOC. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The contrast between “the great pomp and ceremony” that attended the birth of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and the immovable obstacles late(...)

Dermot O’Dwyer, managing director of Gill & Macmillan, has informed academic authors that it is ceasing to commission new third level and professional publications. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Irish publisher Gill & Macmillan has informed acadmic authors that is is ceasing to commission new third level and professional publications.In a (...)

Dr Eva Orsmond tucks into a pomegranate and beef casserole. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s nearly too perfect that Eva Orsmond has a Rottweiler and a Doberman. It would have been a surprise if the most fearsome doctor on our TV screens (...)

This well researched book makes a powerful case for the use of evidence in the making of policy, but also recognises that there is a complex relations(...)