The four-storey building opposite the Mont Clare Hotel on Merrion Square and Clare Street in Dublin 2

A landmark Georgian building at the corner of Merrion Square and Clare Street in Dublin 2, sold at the depths of the property crash three years ago at(...)

At the Little Museum of Dublin are Conor Pope, right, with Monika Wright and Jean Michel Clermont-Goulet, the French-Canadian couple whom he advised how to spend their limited time in Dublin. Photograph: Simon O’Connor

I feel the weight of the city on my shoulders as I stand on the first floor of a grand old Georgian house in Dublin and wait for the young French-C(...)

The Merrion Hotel in Dublin. Completion of the proposed extension will mark the culmination of a long process for Landmark Investment Company, which owns the hotel. Photograph: Alan Betson

New retail units along Baggot Street in Dublin are to be built as part of a major extension of the five-star Merrion Hotel, work on which will star(...)

Gerard Denneny: “The hotel scene here [New York] has become much more competitive over the years.”

New York isn’t an easy place in which to succeed. This is especially true for those brave enough to work in the hospitality sector, arguably one of th(...)

John Morrissey, comissionaire at the Merrion Hotel Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / Irish Times

The hotel group that co-owns the luxury five-star Merrion hotel in Dublin last year sustained an 18 per cent drop in pre-tax profits to £2 million (€2(...)

John and Edward Grimes aka Jedward in the The Merrion Hotel, The Front Hall, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2 wearing Kennedy Blue suit in superfine wool (€745) from Louis Copeland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Picture, if you will, Christmas on planet Jedward: presents under the Christmas tree, logs on the open fire, boughs of holly decking the halls, and Jo(...)

Ajai Chopra and an IMF delegation pass Anton Rostas from Romania  as they make their way to the Central Bank for crucial talks with the  government in Dublin on November 18th, 2010.  Photograph: Peter Morrison/AP

The arrival of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Dublin on the evening of November 18th, 2010, confirmed the febrile rumours that the Irish Gov(...)

 Independent technical group TDs Richard Boyd Barrett, Shane Ross, Catherine Murphy, Mattie McGrath, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace after their meeting with Troika representatives at the Department of Finance in Dublin  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

A ngela Merkel summed up her approach to bailouts as “a sensible mix of self-exertion and solidarity”.For the troika, this was standard operatin(...)

David Sedaris: ‘There is maybe one Starbucks in Melbourne. And when you go to it, and you walk back to your hotel with it? The look in people’s eyes? Scum.’ Photograph: Sonia Recchia/Getty

‘Oh shoot, I have to do that.” David Sedaris takes out his ever-present notepad – the size of a police notebook – and scribbles something down. “To th(...)

Paul Rawlins, co-founder and MD, Celtic Rider motorcycle rental and tours: “You can’t say ‘I’m only going to work a certain number of hours’.” photograph: sasko lazarov/photocall ireland

What distinguishes your business from competitors?We were the first motorcycle rental company to set up in Ireland. It was not possible for overseas t(...)