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(...)

Touch of melancholy: David and Sally Shaw-Smith, from In Good Hands

There was always a touch of melancholy about Hands, David and Sally Shaw-Smith’s award-winning documentary series about the decline of traditional cra(...)

Lough Corrib: David and Sally Shaw-Smith, the makers of Hands. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

In the late 1970s David and Sally Shaw-Smith began driving around Ireland in a Volkswagen camper van, children in the back, documenting the nation’s w(...)