Paula Rowan at home by the sea in Sandymount, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Paula Rowan worked as an interior designer and a caterer before setting up her eponymous leather goods business in Dublin’s Westbury Mall. It felt na(...)

Travel: Escape to España

Conil de la Frontera, Cadiz Why: This modern take on an Andalusian white town is within easy reach of Cadiz, Seville and Jerez, and boasts stretches (...)

 Bosch’s triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights

Anaemic-looking nudes frolicking; orifices with foreign objects inserted; strange fantasy buildings; terrible tortures perpetrated amid the fires of (...)

Damien Hirst in front of one of his works. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

In the museum business – if you can look on it as a business for a moment – it is said that if you want a surefire winner of an exhibition, one tha(...)

To celebrate  maths week 2014,  pupils from the Dunboyne Junior and Senior Primary Schools join together to make 1120, the total number of pupils attending the schools, in Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Surrealist painter Salvador Dali wasn’t just handy with a paint brush. He was also keen on maths and science and liked to find ways of incorporating t(...)

Alex Butler, (3) Templeogue, has fun playing with the maths puzzles at Maths in the City in Stephen’s Green on Saturday,  an event marking the start of Maths Week 2014.   Photograph: John T Ohle Photography

The largest festival for the promotion of maths worldwide kicked off in Dublin at the weekend with the opening of the all- Ireland Maths Week 2014. Th(...)

'Are you Really Syrious', 1953, oil on panel, 53.5 x 91.5 cm

The surrealist artist and writer Leonora Carrington died in Mexico in 2011. She was 94, and had led an eventful and productive life, from reluctant d(...)

A detail from  Elina Brotherus’s La Main. Photographs courtesy of Raccolta Della Fotografia Galleria Civica di Modena.

Does it matter what an artist looks like? Surely we should only care about the work they do. Yet we are usually very curious about appearances, perhap(...)

Le Perthus: Pyrenean frontier village “shopping hell”. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

When Carl Clancy rode his Henderson motorcycle over the Pyrenees from France into Spain 100 years ago, it's a fair bet that Le Perthus was just(...)