Neisha Wratten at the Carrick-on-Shannon workhouse from which her ancestor Bridget Cannon was taken to Australia in 1849. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Bridget Cannon was just 15 when she was taken away from Carrick-on-Shannon workhouse in a horse and cart in February 1849. Bridget’s great-great-gran(...)

Rathbornes Wild Mint, Watercress and Thyme Luxury Candle (€54); NEOM Feel Refreshed Reed Diffuser (€46); Jo Malone London Green Tomato Leaf Home Candle (€55)

There are few things I love more than a good home fragrance, candles in particular. When summer comes, however, a reed diffuser or room spritz can fe(...)

The restaurant on the VSOE which demonstrate the elegance and style visible throughout the train.

I ate lobster three times in 24 hours. It all began when I stepped back in time to the 1920s and entered a world of Art Deco luxury, fiction and quit(...)

Ruth graduated in November and went to work as a chef de partie at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, having worked there part-time since her second year in college

Dearbhla Reynolds Fermentation Fermentation is only going to get bigger in Ireland this year. Dearbhla Reynolds of the Cultured Club fizzes with ent(...)

Snail facials: you can’t get fresher that that. Photograph: Thinkstock

In the beauty world, pseudoscience reigns supreme and ridiculous treatments and cosmetics are the norm. Here are just a few of my favourites: &(...)

 If you’ve (somehow) missed out on all those OITNB premiere parties, now is the time to get queuing

In the olden days, you had to leave your seat every three hours to change the DVD. Now, only the demands of bladder and nutrition need force you up(...)

People at work at the Sorwathe Tea Plantation, 90 minutes from the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Photograph: Conor Pope

The blame for Ireland’s cataclysmic economic crash can be traced back to tea. Were it not for our enduring love of the stuff, a love stretching back m(...)

Irish Roots

I was in the National Archives the other day looking at the Galway 1821 census fragments, when it occurred to me that I shouldn’t be there. I should (...)

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Weekend in... Edinburgh

Tourists descend on Edinburgh every August for the Edinburgh International Festival, a citywide celebration of theatre, music, opera and dance perf(...)