The Instagarden from Argos who have thought long and hard about what is trending in gardening.  File photograph: Getty Images

Home Front: short of space at home but don’t want to move? A garden house is an increasingly popular option

Lot 33, Norah McGuinness, The Liffey

Land and seascapes show the Irish weather in all its unpredictable glory

Lot 248: Set of four italianate stone cherubs, €1,500-€2,500

Sheppard’s has created a dreamy garden in Laois to host its summer sale or garden furniture and statuary

Claude Monet, Nymphéas en Fleur

Record prices set for Matisse, Diego Rivera, Delacroix and Corot

The Times We Lived In: Published date;November 5th, 1996. Photograph by Jack McManus

The DFS Avenue bed.

How to do a sleepover in style and who will fix up your furniture

Paul Henry, ‘Killary Bay’, Lot 27

Major painting by Yeats and a collection of Kernoffs feature in summer sale

Lot 21, art deco gilt-framed mirror (one of pair)

From a Starck high stool to a 1960s Danish dining suite and a pyschedelic Scott rug

William Scott, Berlin Blues 2 and Dark Earth Scheme.

Sotheby’s expert makes comparison with Rothko and DeKooning ahead of auction

Students from Bolton Street College protest on the Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin. July 7th, 1987. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Published: July 7th, 1987, photograph by Peter Thursfield

A shed of fireplaces which will be offered in a four-day auction at BG Salvage

BG Salvage in Dublin 8 is selling a vast array of stock as it switches to property hire

Lissaniskey House, north Tipperary

From a Hermes scarf to Queen Anne furniture, everything is for sale at Lissanisky

John Philip Murray painting ‘Looking at Tradition’, Lot 300, Mullen’s Laurel Park

Newly-discovered eve-of-execution letter written by Kevin Barry in Mountjoy Jail goes for €17,000

Comedian Frank Carson retrieves his ball from the hole before taking part in the Terry Wogan Golf Classic at Dún Laoghaire Golf Course. Photograph: Joe St Leger / THE IRISH TIMES

The Times We Lived In – Published: June 4th 1990. Photograph by Joe St Leger

Whyte’s, tribal mask Lot 423

Vintage travel posters, rare Irish silver and contemporary art in Co Louth among the top picks to view

Lot 52 sapphire and diamond bracelet

Big bold bracelets dominate in jewellery sale

 ‘High Nelly’ bicycle made €7,000 (Victor Mitchell’s sale)    

Letitia Marion Hamilton, ‘Flower Market, Dubrovnik’, sells for twice lower estimate

The Times We Lived In: Published; July 24th, 1955. Photograph by Eddie Kelly

On sale in New York for $35 million: a rare Van Gogh painting once owned by Liz Taylor

The 1889 painting sold by Taylor’s estate in 2012 is back on the market, asking $35m

Lot 45 Roderic O’Conor, Figures in a Pool

A new app allows prospective buyers to visualise paintings on their own walls

Listings one: Pair of leather tub armchairs, Hegarty’s, Bandon, Lot 115  

Forthcoming at Sheppard’s, a newly-discovered eve-of-execution letter written by Kevin Barry in Mountjoy Jail, €20,000-€30,000

Sugar bowl circa 1755 by Jasper Johns. The Silver in Georgian Ireland Symposium is on Wednesday, May 30th, at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin. 

In the boom years of the 18th-century, the Irish put their finest silverware on display

The Times We Lived In. Published: June 13th, 2000. Photograph by Pat Langan

Hobbit one: Rare first edition copy of JRR Tolkien’s 'The Hobbit'

Just 1,500 copies printed in 1937 and this edition contains infamous publisher’s error

The Times We Lived In. Published: August 23rd 1961. Photograph by Gordon Standing

The Times We Lived In – Published: March 14th, 1953. Photograph by Dermot Barry

The Times We Lived In – Published: June 8th 1971. Photograph by Tommy Collins

Tea boxes are used for stands by Bookmakers at the races at the Phoenix Park racecourse on June 3rd, 1985. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

The Times We Lived In – Published: June 3rd, 1985. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

The Times We Lived In – Published: February 8th 2002. Photograph by Frank Miller

Schoolboys pose next to the “The Bowl of Light” on O’Connell Bridge in April 1953. Photograph: Dermot Barry

Published: April 14th, 1953. Photograph by Dermot Barry

Dr John Charles McQuaid (President of Blackrock College, Dublin), Papal Nuncio Paschal Robinson, and President de Valera. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Times We Lived In – Published: June 22nd, 1932. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Times We Lived In – Published: May 5th 1980. Photograph by Tom Lawlor

The Times We Lived In – Published: August 11th, 1960. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Dress designer Sybil Connolly in her garden that runs between Merrion Square and Fitzwilliam Lane.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield / The Irish Times

The Times We Lived In – Published: October 31st, 1986. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The Times We Lived In – Published: September 29th, 1977. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The Times We Lived In – Date: January 1980. Photograph by Pat Langan

 Peter Carey: ‘our mother country is a foreign land whose language we have not yet earned the right to speak’. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

A novel whose powerful ambience, sly humour and slew of memorable characters are impressive on their own terms

The Times We Lived In – Published: July 25th 1968. Photograph by Dermot O’Shea

The Times We Lived In – Published: September 10th 1985. Photograph by Tom Lawlor

Did Grace Marks get away with murder? Image: Netflix

Grace Marks emigrated from Ulster to Canada where she was accused of double murder

Peter Carey: ‘A Long Way from Home’ is his 15th novel. Photograph: Laura Wilson

The double Booker winner’s new work has its roots in Australia’s dark colonial past

Women on the platform of Connolly Station, Dublin, in 1971 prior to boarding the Belfast train to buy contraceptives, which were illegal in the Republic in the 1970s and 1980s. Photograph: The Irish Times

Mary Kenny’s brand of feminism pleads for tolerance and open-mindedness

The Times We Lived In – Published: November 13th, 2000. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett, artistic directors of Gare St Lazare Ireand theatre company. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Conor Lovett and partner Judy Hegarty will bring two Beckett shows to Irish audiences

The drawing room in Mackintosh House, Glasgow: The exquisite interiors from the Victorian end-of-terrace house Charles Rennie Mackintosh remodelled in 1906 have been lovingly reassembled.

Home Front: Make a new year’s resolution to freshen up your home

The Trick to Time by Kit De Waal; Restless Souls by Dan Sheehanl Tangerine by Christine Mangan

The best fiction and nonfiction from Ireland and abroad – including a top pick in each category

From left D Moggan with Lord and Lady Fingall at the faces in Mullingar. Photograph: Dermot Barry

The Times We Lived In: Published December 14th, 1957. Photograph by Dermot Barry

Walking on Cars

Put these dates in your diary, and catch some of the key events in art, music, theatre and literature over the coming year

One-year-old Sean Dunne from Ashford at the first turkey auction at Ashbourne, Co Meath. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

The Times We Lived In: Published, December 18th, 1987. Photograph by Eddie Kelly

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.

Home Front: Interiors, design, people and events

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

Homefront: More colours on the menu for kitchens; a rad new radiator colour; Arena Kitchens comes to Stillorgan; and sofa beds so (...)

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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