At the top of the Irish list are Hilary and Alannah Weston (above), the Dublin-born mother and daughter from the family which controls Brown Thomas and Penneys in Ireland and Selfridges and Primark in the UK. The family is valued at some €15 billion. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The richest 250 people in Ireland are worth a combined €75.03 billion and have seen their wealth increase by 15.9 per cent in the last year, according(...)

 Breton stripes add a dash of summer, such as this top from Zara, €9.99 4:28

Summer dressing means clothes for all seasons. It means swimwear and rainwear, sandals and shoes, coats and cardigans, it means buying for more tha(...)

We’re chaperoning Honor on her first actual date. For South Dublin parents, it’s one of those landmork days in your daughter’s life, like her first visit to the orthodontist, or the first time she arrives home from studying in a friend’s house with the faint smell of spirits off her breath.

From the moment Sorcha walks through the front door, I know that something is wrong. I haven’t seen her face so drained of colour since Brown Thoma(...)

Richard E Grant: “There are 1,100 perfumes released every year. It’s like a 57-year-old man saying, ‘Right. I’m now going to release a pop record.’ You don’t stand a chance in hell. But here I am”

Richard E Grant has appeared in everything from Gosford Park to Doctor Who, from Bram Stoker’s Dracula to Downton Abbey. He has even made a wildli(...)

Heidi Higgins, always the best advertisement for her own designs, is celebrating her Portlaoise boutique’s fifth year. Last year she garnered the B(...)

Carshoe driving loafers in gold or silver leather – rather like glamorous versions of the velvety suede and super-comfortable Tod’s – are available fr(...)

Brian McGuigan (centre) with his son, Ciaran McGuigan (right) and Phelim Darby, production manager Orior

In February a 12-metre container left Belfast for Liverpool for shipping to New York. In it were some 50 pieces of handmade furniture from Orior, in N(...)

With so much pink infusing the spring season, the colour’s power has never been so forceful in fashion

Craftsmanship lies at the heart of everything that Louise Kennedy does, and her spring 15 collection, one of her finest to date, is a showcase of h(...)

L&R, which owns the Intercontinental hotel, formerly the Four Seasons, in Dublin’s Ballsbridge, was recently brought on board by Mr Smyth to fund his bid. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

London & Regional, a property company owned by the UK billionaire Livingstone brothers, has replaced Brown Thomas owner Galen Weston as backers of(...)

It’s no surprise that the colour pink has been embraced by forward looking designers, from Simone Rocha to Celine

Fashion designers, it is said, are no longer dictators, their looks slavishly copied year on year by the waiting hordes. In these days of social me(...)