Celebrating the announcement of the three-year sponsorship of the Ballymaloe Litfest by Kerrygold, with a cup of tea and some hot buttered scones, are festival directors Rory O’Connell and Darina Allen. The Kerrygold Ballymaloe LitFest takes place from May 16th-18th. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The 2nd annual Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine is to be sponsored for the next three years by Kerrygold. Kevin Lane, CEO (...)

 Skoff pies, devised by Donal Skehan and made by his mum and dad

Good for you . . . and delicious Diana Henry is a cookbook addict – her home is lined with thousands of them. She’s also the author of a couple o(...)

Ab Fab lobster rollThe no-reservations, queues-out-the-door Burger & Lobster chain has infiltrated the glossy Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols in Kni(...)

Imen McDonell, whose film on Irish food, 'Small Green Fields', screens in Chicago today

Small Green Fields, a documentary short film on Irish food and farming, produced and directed by food writer Imen McDonnell, is one of five films b(...)

Safefood suggests lunch boxes contain two portions from the cereals and bread group, one portion from the meat or ‘meat alternative group’, one portion of dairy and at least one portion of fruit or vegetable. Photograph:Getty Images

As busy parents know, the need to plan a healthy, nutritious and inspiring lunch box each day can take some planning. Add to that the question of alle(...)

 Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s a first cookery book by a much less familiar name than Darina Allen or Donal Skehan, but it’s the new Irish cook book to buy for yourself, or to (...)

Patrick Freyne gets a one-on-one cookery lesson from Donal Skehan in the latter’s house in Howth. Photograph: Alan Betson

Donal Skehan and his Swedish girlfriend, Sofie, are shelling nuts in the kitchen of their Howth home. Skehan is wearing a blue-and-white- striped a(...)

 Clodagh McKenna will be doing cookery demonstrations at the  inaugural National Organic Food Fair  in Dublin’s Marlay Park tomorrow. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Lessons in cooking organicIf you’ve ever wondered if organic produce really does taste different – and if it’s worth the extra expense – the inaugural(...)

On Monday evening on RTÉ One, three of the programmes were repeats. On Wednesday they were all repeats except Fair City and the movie (although that m(...)

Least inquisitive children on earth?: Keri Russell, Keidrich Sellati, Mathew Rhys and Holly Taylor in The Americans

Nothing is quite what it seems in The Americans (RTÉ Two, Thursday; UTV, Saturday). For a start, the couple at the centre of this addictively watchabl(...)

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