Laze purple sofa from DFS

Homefront: Heirlooms for baby, designer wrapping and eco-friendly market

The Times We Lived In: Published, May 19th, 1993. Photograph by Frank Miller

The Boyne Viaduct poster by Roger O’Reilly which will be showcased at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair at the RDS

Vintage tourism posters fetch premium prices but there are affordable options

Courbe sofa, available in a variety of shades and pictured here in Rubine from Jonnmar, Donnybrook

Home Front: Wooden Star Wars toy; Christmas flea market, and stylish storage

The Times We Lived In: published: March 29th, 1990. Photograph by Joe St Leger

Handwoven throw and cushion from Studio Donegal. Image courtesy of Craft Editions

Vintage lightbulbs, a new wave in weaving and a cork clock – what’s new in design

Smog over Capel Street bridge on the Liffey, with the Four Courts in the background. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

The Times We Lived In: published: November 26th, 1988. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Ruby and diamond cluster bracelet from John Weldon Auctioneers (Lot 149, estimate €4,500 to €5,500)

As usual, big names show up in Dublin’s seasonal sales – Tiffany, Cartier, Boodles

Textile designer Michi’s vibrant knitted cushions in lambswool, (€75).

What’s new in design and craft this week

Robert Taylor, Mel Ferrer and Stanley Baker. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

The Times We Lived In: Published, August 24th, 1953. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Damien Murtagh, creator of Arckit

‘Lego for adults’ lets you do just that; while alpaca blankets are a winter wonder

Born in Dundalk in 1889, Dorothy Macardle was a member of the brewing family. She produced just a handful of novels.

Dorothy Macardle’s neglected 1945 novel about a tricked imagination is a page-turner

Model Alison Canavan wearing a silk fuchsia-pink satin-laced bodice with silk shantung draped and wrapped evening skirt with matching evening wrap. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Times We Lived In. Published: September 5th, 1997. Photograph by Alan Betson

The Times We Lived In: Published: July 22nd, 1986. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Danish pop-up store at Arnotts

Shop in countryside calm at Ballilogue; dish up with funky spoons from Denmark

A shortlist of 10 books will be published in April and the winning novel will be announced on June 13th, 2018

Colson Whitehead’s 'The Underground Railroad' gets most nominations for literary award

Colin Stafford-Johnson: “Since I left school 30 years ago, Ireland has fundamentally changed. The ecology in much of rural Ireland is totally destroyed. That’s the reality.”

Colin Stafford-Johnson, documentary maker and nature lover, is coming to a theatre near you

The Pansy Market,  Montague Street, between Camden Street and Harcourt Street, Dublin. 1970 Photograph: Tommy Collins

The Times We Lived In Published: August 22nd 1970. Photograph: Tommy Collins

Westport House is the venue for a forthcoming study day,  which will dig deep into the history of the house and demesne

Home Front: Here’s some presents to buy and courses to try

Annaghmore Court in Chapelizod, Dublin, built by the Iveagh Trust, with their distinctive balconies painted in ‘Guinness Blue’.

Chapelizod scheme was built by trust set up in 1890s to provide affordable housing

Actor Charlton Heston  with his son Fraser in Dublin. Is it tough being the son of a Hollywood icon? Photograph: Frank Miller

The Times We Lived In: Published: June 15th, 1990. Photograph by Frank Miller

Calabar free-standing bath from Adamsez, painted with the rich and mellow Farrow & Ball shade Charlotte’s Locks.

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Both the Irish and the Galicians marked the Celtic feast of Samhain by hollowing out turnips, carving faces into them, hiding down country lanes and waving them over the ditch, scaring the bejeepers out of passers-by. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Irish Connections: King Breogan is one of Galicia’s most revered medieval heroes

Newly graduated Aer Lingus air hostesses  on January 24th, 1968, at Dublin Airport. Photograph:  Kevin McMahon

The Times We Lived In: Published: January 24th, 1968. Photograph by Kevin McMahon

35,000 people visit the heritage-listed “Dig Tree” every year - thanks to its associations with a policeman from Galway called Robert O’Hara Burke. 

Irish Connections: Robert O’Hara Burke’s link to the coolibah tree in ‘Waltzing Matilda’

Philip Pullman launching The Book of Dust trilogy  in his native Oxford yesterday. Photograph: Ant Upton

David Fickling, Pullman’s publisher and editor, likens new book to ‘Treasure Island’

The most colourful pieces on display are a series of trade cards dating from the famous US lecture tour.

Trinity College Dublin’s most famous old boy is the star of a major new exhibition

Zolzaya Enkhtuya, Saruul Altantuya, Ashley Xie, Eh-Jae Kim, Xier Luo and Zheyu Wei in The Good House of Happiness. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Pan Pan aims to give Brecht’s work a modern, accurate update

Hungry Hill: the film tanked despite the presence of a young and luminous Jean Simmons as Jane Brodrick

Irish Connections: The novelist used it as the setting for a story of feuding mining families

Bill Finnigan, director of public relations, Gulf Oil Company Eastern Hemisphere, sponsors of Rose ‘71, speaking at a press conference in the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin. Photograph: Gordon Standing

The Times We Lived In: Published: March 4th, 1971. Photograph by Gordon Standing

Streetscape scarf: Sarah Swan’s Cuba-themed scarf is produced in Italy and digitally printed on fine cotton

Play with plywood, head west to Castlebar and a new online site for lights

Karine Polwart pays attention to stuff that our society doesn’t usually notice

Seamless piece of theatre – part memoir, part gig, part nature documentary, but much, much more than the sum of its parts

Garda Dick O’Connor, on point duty  at the McCurtain Street-Bridge Street crossing in Cork in 1954

The Times We Lived In: Published; November 27th, 1954. Photograph by Dermot Barry

A statue of Eduardo Casey, the Irish descendant who founded the Argentine city of Venado Tuerto

Eduardo Casey, an Irish descendant, founded the singer’s birthplace, Venado Tuerto

Colour popping in the kitchen from Kestrel

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Elaine Jerrard in the showhouse she designed at Clareville in Malahide.

Buyers expect to be wowed. In Malahide, Elaine Jerrard obliges with a luxury touch

The Times We Lived In: January 27th, 1989. Photograph by Pat Langan

Kenzo Takada has reinvented the modular sofa with his mouth-watering new Mah Jong series

Sectional sofas are everywhere and not all will stand the test of time but this designer number from Roche Bobois is a keeper

Patrick Moffatt, Beth Buchanan and Heather Bolton in Come Away With Me ... Photograph: Pia Johnson

Where else in this year’s festival are you going to hear the call of the Australian raven and a southern boobook?

Irish connection: Denis O’Sullivan, in whose memory the Feis Ceoil awards a medal each year

Irish Connections: ‘Singing Sullivan’ became one of the ‘illustrious singers of the world’

Fiona Bawn Thompson in ‘The Woman is Present’

A new production tells the stories of how a childhood in Dublin ended in death in Auschwitz, and how a Cork woman was jailed by th(...)

The Times We Lived In: September 23rd, 1993. Photograph by Jack McManus

Children of miners pose in a strip mine in front of a row of houses near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, circa 1915. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Irish Connections: Condy Breslin died of ‘miner’s asthma’ in Hazleton in 1880

‘Ebb and Flow’ by basket maker Joe Hogan

Some of the design world’s most celebrated makers arrive to share ideas with each other and the public

Irish Connections: Andrew O’Connor at work on his sculpture Maternity, in 1934. Photograph: Keystone/Getty

Irish Connections: Andrew O’Connor’s portrayal of Gen Lew Wallace stands in the US Capitol

Blue-eyed grass: one of the Sisyrinchium bermudiana plants that Kieran Griffin photographed in Co Kerry

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The Times We Lived In: April 16th, 2002. Photograph by Brenda Fitzsimons

The new Helen Turkington showroom

Helen Turkington opens a sumptuous showroom in Sandyford; and Fantasy Lights will brighten autumn gloom

Edith Eger: ‘That’s what Auschwitz taught me: how can you find joy within you.’

Being sent to a concentration camp at 16 taught Edith Eger ‘to find joy within’

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The Times We Lived In: March 23rd, 1995. Photograph by Frank Miller

Matthew Williamson wallpaper

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Irish connection: Terry Smith’s visitor’s card from Richmond Prison; the signatures read “Thomas Francis Meagher” and “William S. O’Brien”

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The Most Rev. Dr Buchanan, Archbishop of Dublin, at the opening of St Andrew’s School, Lucan, Co Dublin. Playing the organ is Mr Sam Adamson

Published, November 4th, 1972. Photograph by Dermot O’Shea

Woman on bicycle on Kukada island, Okinawa. Photograph: Getty

The Japanese concept promises a long, happy life – but is it all a load of pikachu?

Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Patrick Sinnott was exiled from the city  for two years. Photograph: Getty Images

Sinnott’s sideline in astrology brought him to the attention of the Holy Office

Tenement Museum Dublin at Henrietta Street.

Relive capital’s past at Henrietta Street, arrange flowers and bid for Lady Gaga’s corset

“Our reach will have to be beyond Greystones for it to be sustainable,” says Ross McParland. “We’re hoping that, in time, people will come from west Wicklow and south Dublin.”

Co Wicklow venue is just part of an ambitious scheme developed by Ross McParland

‘Muldoon’s Picnic’ refers to a popular 19th-century New York vaudeville act

‘It’s one of our most basic instincts; to listen to a song, listen to a poem – even in this era when people have their noses stuck(...)

Published: February 11th, 1955; Photograph by Jack McManus

The headstone of Máire Barrett at Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville, Washington. Her husband Samuel Maylor had it inscribed in cló Gaelach and travelled for months to get it.

Irish Connections: Behind Mary Barrett’s memorial is one man’s story of sorrow in the US

Sisyrinchium bermudiana: found on Beara and Bermuda. Photograph: Wouter Hagens

Irish Connections: Delicate ‘Sisyrinchium bermudiana’ thrives on both islands

Tom Lawlor took this photograph of the Dublin skyline while he was suspended from Ireland’s then-tallest crane

Published: January 18th, 1986. Photographs by Tom Lawlor and Matt Kavanagh

Denby’s  Monsoon Gather range features muted shades of pink, grey and green, and will be available at Arnotts for autumn.

From kitchens to bowls, the outlook is far from blue

 Maeve O’Mahony and Peter Corboy in ‘Outlying Islands’.

Set in 1939, the play ‘Outlying Islands’ is inspired by a real life military experiment

Bernard MacLaverty: “My life has been a seamless piece of laziness, and work, and thoughts, and all the rest of it over the years.” Photograph: Robert Burns

A wintertime trip to Amsterdam in 2001 inspired the Belfast-born writer’s new novel, which took 16 years to finish

The scene at Sandymount Strand, Dublin, on August 4th, 1970. Photograph: John McGarth

Published: August 4th, 1970; Photograph: John McGarth

Gerald and Sara Murphy and friends. The pair are credited with inventing the word “sunbathing”, inviting a flock of exotic friends to join them for picnics on the beach at La Garoupe

Gerald and Sara Murphy’s houseguests included Hemingway, Picasso and the Fitzgeralds

Belinda McKeon: ‘I knew that I wanted to write about people whose lives are devoted ostensibly to beauty and art – but really, wealth and power is so much a part of it.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The writer on reimagining Henrik Ibsen's Nora for a modern generation

The Times We Lived In – Published: early 1960s. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

James Barry with a servant

While working in Edinburgh, Irish navvy William Burke developed a lucrative sideline

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Plus: a Danish solution to the enduring rug problem, and a colourful Monsoon season

Author Tim Haig: his new book ‘How To Stop Time’ has already been optioned for the big screen by Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company, Sunnymarch. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Matt Haig on life after depression, negative reviews and his new book ‘How to Stop Time’

Bus outside Kellyville Post Office on corner of Acres and Windsor Roads, Kellyville, in the 1930s. Source: Wikipedia

Hugh Kelly had been transported to New South Wales in 1806 for stealing clothes from an outhouse

The Times We Lived In – Published: December 31st, 1992. Photograph: Eric Luke

Nick Miller still life with flowers

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George Campbell’s ‘Women Mending Nets, Tarragona, Spain’: painting sold for  €1,500 – well above its estimate of €800 to €1,200 – at Whyte’s in May this year.

Irish Connections: George Campbell first fell in love with Spain in the 1950s

The Times We Lived In – Published: February 2nd, 1953. Photograph: Dermot Barry

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Motorcyclists crossing O’Connell Bridge in Dublin  during a demonstration organised by Motorcyclists Against Discrimination (MAD) to draw attention to the high cost of their insurance. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Published: June 13th, 1992; Photograph by Peter Thursfield

Deaf-blind pioneer: Helen Keller feels the face of her Irish-American teacher, Anne Sullivan, in 1897. Photograph: Notman/Library of Congress

Irish Connections: Helen Keller went on to help transform attitudes to disability

Siobhan Burke: aiming for the “wow” factor with Mosa.

Mosey around Siobhan Burke’s salvage shop and you could find anything

Niamh Woods, of the shop Seven Woods, pictured with her favourite furnishings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Home front: interiors, design, people, events

‘Picturesque’ can often be a synonym for ‘punter beware’

John Hearne: His draft constitution was a “thing of beauty”.

In legal circles, if not among the wider public, ‘the Irish Thomas Jefferson’ is much admired

Published: August 9th, 1989. Photograph by Jack McManus

The current president ofthe Hurling Club is Ronnie Quinn – who is a proper porteño, or Buenos Aires native, as well as a third-generation Irishman

The Hurling Club of Buenos Aires was set up in 1922, with a Corkman as its president

Funicular folly is designed to be super-slim yet super-strong

‘Contemporary architecture has become so commercial, there is very little spirit left’

Mary Mallon, aka  “Typhoid Mary”, pictred after being institutionalised on Brother Island in New York. She was  the first person identified as a carrier of typhoid bacilli in the US. Herself immune to the disease, she spread typhoid while working as a cook in the New York City area. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Connections: In the early 1900s, a cook from Co Tyrone unwittingly spread the disease

Tim Winton: “When our children ask us, ‘What did you do during the war?’ they’re not talking about guns and bombs. They’re talking about what we did during the battle to save the world.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Australian author Tim Winton on why writing is like surfing, why a tiny fish gives him hope, and why the next generation has a rig(...)

The published caption was: Photograph shows the Minister for the Public Service, Mr John Boland, in the cockpit of the British Airways 757 at Dublin Airport yesterday. Also included are Capt. Chris Cowper (left) and Mr Alan Douglas, manager, British Airways, Republic of Ireland

Published: November 11th, 1984. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Murnau: Landschaft mit grünem Haus by Wassily Kandinsky

Work by great Russian painter has been in the same family for nearly 100 years

Duke Brothers on Market Street: it took six men six days to put the books into 1,674 boxes and three articulated lorries to transport them to Kells

Miss McAlister’s collection contains an early edition of Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ plus much, much more

A 19th-century Japanese six-fold dividing screen

The items to be auctioned at Adam’s hark back to happy times in her life

1939 Ford Prefect car

From a vintage Ford to items from a large period property in Sundays Well

The first American to  orbit the Earth, John Glenn, had an ancestor who emigrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania in 1768. Photograph:  Nasa

And when it comes to the ultimate superstars of space – astronauts – we have our foot in the rocket door

Caribbean Check in navy, with added head cushion; £420, plus £35 for the cushion, from foldingrockingchair.co.uk

The National Gallery is reopening, a Father’s Day idea and an exhibition at Listoke House

‘Paris (1948)’ by Louis le Brocquy (Lot 7, estimate €4,000-€6,000)

Skibbereen online art auction includes ‘Paris (1948)’ by Louis le Brocquy, ‘The Prisoners’ by Patrick Collins and ‘Women of Belfas(...)

The murder of wealthy Irishman John McMullen in Texas 1n 1853 was never solved

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