Gail Kilroy , Monkstown, Co. Dublin  with her favourite Louis Vuitton bag.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Gail Kilroy (above) Mother of four  Girls find boys at 12, I found bags. A denim rucksack in Tenerife was the start of it. Now as(...)

At the launch of the Hennessy/National Gallery of Ireland inaugural  portrait prize, from left: judges Donald Teskey, Janet McLean, Cristín Leach Hugh and Dr Declan Long. The portraits shown   are Evie Hone by Hilda van Stockum  and Seamus Heaney by Jackie Nickerson. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Hennessy Portrait Prize, aimed at raising the public profile of contemporary portraiture, has been launched b(...)