Robert Collins, manager and Christina O'Connor, staff member,  at The Store Yard , Portlaoise. Photograph: Eric Luke 1:49

We asked you tell us about your favourite shops again this summer, and you did in your thousands. More than 31,000 entries poured in praising indep(...)

Cian McDonald owner of the Grooming Rooms on South William Street. Photograph: Sara Freund

Best Salon The Grooming Rooms The barber business is booming now, but the Grooming Rooms were ahead of the curve, opening in 2007. Owners John Erra(...)

The Christmas shop in Brown Thomas  in Dublin in 2011. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – for customers of Brown Thomas. Staff at the store were yesterday decking the halls of their outlets ahe(...)

Asian-inspired beauty is slowly and steadily trickling into Europe and the United States, and for good reason. South Korean women in particular put(...)

UnionPay: its days of domination may be under threat after a complaint in 2012 by the United States to the World Trade Organisation

The Chinese payment system UnionPay, operated by the People’s Bank of China and owned by the about 85 domestic banks, which dominates the credit card (...)

Jewellery by Naoise Fitzgerald

Jewellery inspired by garden tools, musical scores or city skips may seem unlikely ways of dressing up an outfit or decorating the body. But today (...)

Isabelle Traber models Dolce & Gabbana at the launch of the Brown Thomas autumn/winter 2015 season. Photograph: Sara Freund 2:47

This is a season of contrasts and contradictions – of minis and maxis, of the retrospective and futuristic, of masculine and feminine, of embellishme(...)

Brown Thomas exterior: the work is part of a wider €20 million refurbishment to modernise the premises.

Brown Thomas has begun a €1.5 million renovation of the façade of its flagship department store on Grafton Street in Dublin. Hoarding has been erected(...)

Your nominations for the Best Shops in Ireland awards are coming in thick and fast, and over the coming weeks secret shoppers and the judges will g(...)

In carefree July days, when the weather draws us seawards or to mountains and rivers, an Irish safari look isn’t about khaki and camouflage, but somet(...)