Castlebridge House stands in partial ruin in the village of Castlebridge, near Wexford town. In its former 19th-century pleasure gardens stand the ruins of one the finest rotunda conservatories in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Most people now associate flatpacks with Ikea, but the Great Palm House in the National Botanic Gardens was shipped to Dublin in parts and assemble(...)

My boyfriend, who’s a minimalist when it comes to skincare, recently told me that a toiletry should feel like “a treat”. “Occasionally after a (...)

Winners and losers: “The more often people look at their portfolios, the less willing they will be to take on risk, because if you look at it more often, you will experience more lossesm” says Richard Thaler. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

In a world populated by Spock-like econs, all of us would conduct our financial affairs in a rational, self-interested manner. However, the world is p(...)

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During an archeological dig through my tech past I found the floppy disks for setting up my Indigo email account (floppy disks!). Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

I learned this past week that nobody ages as quickly as a lover of technology. Not because we live life in a continuous state of stress-inducing exasp(...)

Meet the musician behind the album of 2015 to date. His name is Kamasi Washington and the album is called The Epic. It’s epic by name and by nature(...)

The Starry Kitchen in Drumcondra was one of 14 food outlets to be served with a closure order in May. Image via Google street maps.

Fourteen food businesses were forced to close by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in May. This is the highest number of closures in one mo(...)

 Zen sliding doors by Rimadesio, recently debuted at the Milan Furniture Fair, have a  semi-opaque sheet of gold sandwiched between two sheets of glass

The new gold standard Add lustre to open-plan living with these gorgeous new Zen sliding doors by Rimadesio, recently debuted at the Milan Furn(...)

On guard: Honduran soldiers monitor a land occupation by farmers from the Trinidad community in April 2015. Photograph: Juana Esquivel 5:02

Guadalupe Gallerda can still remember the sound of gunfire echoing through her village, in the Lower Aguán Valley, in Honduras, the day her husband(...)

California governor Jerry Brown ordered the state’s first mandatory water cuts on April 1st, the day when the annual measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which is critical to the state’s water supply, had nothing to measure. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

Rarely has a measuring stick proven so effective at making a point. It was April Fool’s Day but this was no joke. Frank Gehrke, chief snow surveyor at(...)