The Shelbourne Spa’s Elegance and Grace Spa Package  uses Pañpuri products and includes a body polish, a facial and massage, and a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne

I’m about to make a controversial suggestion. It sounds terribly self-indulgent but there’s logic behind it. I’m aware that Christmas is the mos(...)

Pat Rigney, Denise Rigney and John Dillon: Mr Rigney will produce Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin mainly for export

Spirits entrepreneur Pat Rigney will launch a new gin on the market in March, from his one-year-old Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim. Drum(...)

Kate Middleton on her wedding day. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

I’m in Limerick for a one-off event to mark its extraordinary history of lacemaking. Members of the public have been invited to bring in their anti(...)

Audrey Adams: ‘There is a massive sense of satisfaction seeing something being resurrected. I have seen people burst into tears when they see  the renovation.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lying in the back of Audrey Adams’ large white van in Ballyfermot is a dining table from the Princess Grace suite in the Shelbourne Hotel, while her w(...)

When accounts list a profession  “housewife” pops up with amazing frequency, more often than such  lucrative professions as doctors, lawyers and diamond dealers

It was just a day in the life of a housewife. Hanne Tox, a Danish woman then 57 years old, stopped by HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) in 2005 to discuss he(...)

Sunset over Vieux Nice. Photographs: Chris Carmichael/New York Times
Weekend in . . . Nice
  • Travel
  • September 8, 2014, 01:00

Overshadowed by megawatt Riviera neighbours like aristocratic Monaco, red-carpet Cannes and Champagne-soaked Saint-Tropez, France’s fifth-largest c(...)

We could forgive Nicole Kidman for coming across like a mildly ambulatory waxwork in this already notorious hagiography if she were, at least, coming (...)

For the first two scenes of Olivier Dahan’s peculiar hagiography of Princess Grace, the director shoots his heroine from the rear. Nicole Kidman manag(...)

Lady Valerie Goulding of the Central Remedial Clinic: her charity work was recognised in 1977 when taoiseach Jack Lynch appointed her to the Seanad

Lady Valerie Goulding, mother of Central Remedial Clinic chairman Hamilton Goulding, was a founder and later the major driving force behind the clini(...)

The ESB offices, viewed  from Baggot Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The announcement by the ESB in 1962 that it planned to demolish 16 houses on Lower Fitzwilliam Street provoked widespread opposition from conservation(...)