Half way through the Best Shops campaign and we’ve been inundated with 10,985 nominations for more than 1,350 shops throughout the 32 counties. Hardwa(...)

Simon Pratt, managing director of Avoca, at one of the company’s 12 cafes in Rathcoole, Co Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Want to know the makings of a great cafe? Avoca has 12 and has been included in the 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland every year since (...)

Avoca, Suffolk Street, Dublin. Photograph Frank Miller

Avoca’s retail blend of fashion and food continued to deliver strong profits last year for the family business, with pre-tax profits jumping 73 per ce(...)