Chow down: The law nolonger prohibits pets from cafes and restaurants. Photograph: Getty Images

After the rules change on pets in restaurants and pubs, some tips to keep them under control, and not to distract working dogs

New Irish writers: Olivia Kiernan, Caroline O’Donoghue, Helen Cullen, Rebecca O’Connor, Danny Dentonand Caoilinn Hughes

Young Irish fiction writers have made strides in recent years, and 2018 promises some fine debuts. Here six authors introduce thei(...)

Millenial pink lands in the kitchen with Aga’s new Blush-coloured cooker.

Tom Dixon's sofa for Ikea comes with a handy shelf for a cuppa while Aga has introduced a new shade, called Blush, to chime with a(...)

Grace Dyas at the Magdalene laundry site on Railway Street in north inner city Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Her new play deals with a search at a Magdalene laundry, but is also a metaphor for things we hope will never surface

Radiator on but it’s still perishing. Photograph: Getty

Attic doors and fireplaces are your enemies, rugs and chimney balloons your friends

Love comes in many guises. It can start at birth, or can be for people we’ve never met. As Valentine's Day approaches we look at l(...)

Michael Colgan, who was for 30 years one of the leading Irish cultural figures. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Review heard reports from 56 people about behaviour of former artistic director; board resignations to be fast-tracked

Lebanese chef Alan Geaam poses in the kitchen of his restaurant ‘Alan Geaam’ in Paris, after he received a Michelin star. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Self-taught Lebanese chef Alan Geaam triumphs in foodie bible – and in his own rags-to-riches narrative in Paris

The video clip shows Donald Trump’s struggle to keep whatever hair substance is on his head attached to the scalp

Following analysis, it’s generally agreed Trump’s hairdo is overlong strands in a sort of tonsure

Paddy Moriarty (70): missing since December 2016. He was last seen in the Australian outback town of Larrimah, where he lived. Photograph: courtesy ABC News

Paddy Moriarty and his dog Kellie disappeared after leaving the pub in a tiny Northern Territory community in December

Actor John Mahoney at the opening of Galway International Arts Festival in 2012. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The actor best known as Frasier’s dad Marty in hit TV show performed regularly at the Galway Arts Festival

Homefront: What’s new in interiors

 French chef Sebastien Bras  in the kitchen of his three-star restaurant Le Suquet, in Laguiole,  France. Photograph: Remy Gabaldaremy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images

Sebastien Bras is free of Michelin pressure as his restaurant, Le Suquet is left out of 2018 guide

‘People are definitely concerned about ICE’s aggressive tactics.’ Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Dylan O’Riordan targeted by US immigration and jailed for outstaying his visa

5 Johnstown House, Glasnevin, Dublin 11: €170,000, DNG Phibsboro

Eligible homes in Dublin, Cork, Galway, and around the country

Brutalist wallpaper  is probably too much for a full room, but would make a striking and bold feature wall

Home Front: Contemporary furniture for kids’ bedrooms and inspiring exhibitions

Former Gate Theatre artistic director Michael Colgan has been accused of bullying. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Theatre responds to 72 women concerned about inquiry

The statement of solidarity by theatre women highlights gender inequality, exposed in a Waking the Feminists report published last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Investigation of conduct of former director Michael Colgan ‘needs trust’ of alleged victims

New to the Parish by Sorcha Pollak (out in May); Banthology: Stories from Unwanted Nations, edited by Sarah Cleave (out in January); and Let Me Be Like Water by SK Perry (out in May)

Irish and British small presses select two of their books they’re most excited about this year

Maria McGrann, soprano, with pianist Aoife O’Sullivan, at the Opera Marathon in City Hall Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A day of celebration and an opera marathon mark birth of a new approach to opera

Catherine Cleary sees the move towards more easily prepared plant-based food  continuing in 2018, especially with younger people, and with ‘part-time’ vegans.

Those in the know explore what they think will be on our plates this year, at home and eating out

Prescription: a bit of a sleep in, a morning walk, and a short nap in the late afternoon if you need it.

We need midwinter sleep, but we also need exercise and a little daylight

‘Derelict’ may be an understatement for a €15,000 Westmeath cottage. But there are others

28/11/2017 - FEATURES -  STOCK -Rowan House at Dochas Centre, womens prison, North Circular Road, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Listen to the voices of women in Dochas Women’s Prison in Mountjoy

Inmates attend the launch of Storybook Mams at Dóchas women’s prison, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The ‘Storybook Mams’ project videos mothers reading stories to their children

 Lucky Winter Solstice lottery winners in the chamber at Newgrange.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Drummers, children, wolfhounds gather in Boyne Valley to tread ancestors’ footsteps

Sean Millar’s highly-anticipated performance at the Outhouse Basement Theatre, Capel Street, Dublin runs from December 15th-17th. Photograph: Gary Doyle

Sean Millar, Irish Opera Artists and The Grimm Tale of Cinderella come to Dublin

Dyson hotel: Magdalena Ruda of the Blue Haven in Kinsale, which uses the company’s  lighting, among other products, with Daniel Wolverson of Dyson Ireland

From lighting, to vacuums, hand dryers and more, the Blue Haven in Kinsale becomes third in world to have total Dyson fit-out

 Sally Rooney has won the 2017 ‘Sunday Times’/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Irish writer becomes joint youngest winner of the Sunday Times prize with ‘Conversations With Friends’

Winner of the Phelim Donlon Playwright’s Bursary and Residency 2017-18 Amy Conroy (centre) with co-directors of the IrishTheatre Institute Siobhan Bourke and Jane Daly. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Playwright will use support to develop new play about ‘gaslighting’ and memory

Angela’s Ashes, the animation

An animated Frank McCourt story, a Fairytale of New York doc and Mrs Brown

Liz Martin has been HIV positive for 26 years. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

When she asked about Aids, ‘the doctor replied, “it’s like this – you’re dying”.

Some 30 Dublin restaurants have signed up to a new online booking app, Zazu

Thirty Dublin venues available to book on app, with Cork, Limerick and Galway due in 2018

Some of of Ireland’s finest writers and poets will gather to pay tribute to Kavanagh on the 50th anniversary of the poet’s death. Photograph courtesy of the Wiltshire Collection/National Library of Ireland

Nine of poet’s best-loved works recited to mark his 50th death anniversary

The late Willie Meighan of Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny

‘Boss, there is a light and it will never ever ever go out,’ Facebook tribute reads

The Penneys Advent offering

Advent calendars have come long way from the cardboard versions of 19th-century Germany

The Food Hall at the Fallon and Byrne outlet in Rathmines Swan Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

After a year-long renovation, the popular city centre food emporium opens a new, bigger premises in Dublin 6

The rocket-build project cost $20,000, including Rust-Oleum paint to decorate it with the words “Research Flat Earth”. Photograph: madmikehughes.com

‘There’s no difference between science and science fiction’ says limo driver Mike Hughes

Unspeakably disgusting toilet scene: Ewan McGregor as Renton in    Trainspotting (1996) Weekend Review January 2017. Ewan McGregor as Renton in the Danny Boyle film Trainspotting, from 1996.

Toilet Day is in fact a proper ‘day’, recognised by the UN. And cut the crap, it’s dead serious

Dublin singer Edel Meade plays in Arthur’s on Sunday at 4pm

‘Let the Right One In’ comes to the Abbey, Edel Meade’s gig and what to watch on TV

Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins in Lord of The Rings: Amazon’s TV  adaptation will explore  new storylines preceding Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Photograph: Reuters/HO-New Line Cinema

The Lord of the Rings goes on a new epic journey in the Middle Earth of TV, as Amazon acquires global rights and plans a muiltisea(...)

The doors open, and a sea of bodies almost spills out onto the platform. Photograph:  Frank Miller

I’m relieved the rail strike is suspended. Until I get to the station and face the rush-hour Dart

Opinion: Please, John Halligan, stop digging. The rest of you: cop-on, and think before you speak

Connor McIntyre as killer Pat Phelan in Coronation Street.

Michael Parkinson says murderous Coronation Street makes him recoil. But soaps have always straddled a thin line between sensation(...)

Wake up,  time to die. Photograph: Emilia Krysztofiak/Rua Photography

Review: This is the Funeral of your Life

The otherwise sentimental ad ends with the retailer’s instruction: ‘Spend it well’

The 90-second seasonal ad has snow, heart, humour, marmalade sandwiches and a bear

 Playwright Dylan Coburn Gray with Pat Donlon

There’s still time to apply for the Phelim Donlon Playwright’s Bursary. Last year’s recipient Dylan Coburn Gray has won the Verity(...)

Bram Stoker: the Dubliner is best known for his 1897 gothic novel Dracula. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

‘You wouldn’t know much about Bram Stoker at the end of it’ – expert says festival a ‘million miles’ from the author of Dracula

Stage times, transport directions and full line-up: Leftfield, Laurent Garnier, Death in Vegas, Richie Hawtin and house maestro To(...)

Liam Gallagher, Annie Mac and full line up, stage times, transport directions and more – and enjoy the music

St Fechin’s Church, in the hometown of the creator of Father Ted, is for sale

‘Late Late Toy Show’ auditions in Cork:  Ryan Tubridy with members of the School of Ukulele players and singers, Midleton, Co Cork. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

Applications are open, but there won’t be one for everyone who wants to be in the audience

Penny Ashton is doing a one-woman show inspired by the work of English novelist Jane Austen.

Penny Ashton's one-woman comedy is a posthumous collaboration with Jane Austen

Icelandic turf buildings at Glaumbær.

Using local materials and skills are key to vernacular homes and have much to teach us about creating a more sustainable future fo(...)

 Sean Hughes photographed in Dublin in 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sean (John) Hughes obituary: Born November 10th, 1965 – Died October 16th, 2017

Design research, attention to detail, fine craftswork and deep pockets were needed for refurbishing the long abandoned 1920s cinem(...)

Poet Gerard Fanning. Photograph:  Moya Nolan. Courtesy of Dedalus Press

The poet and civil servant wrote ‘some of the finest poems of his generation’

More than 20,000 vote for favourite food, with special category for the spicebag

France is considering police warnings for ‘everyday sexist’ acts such as whistles and comments about appearance

France is debating laws to combat sexual harassment. Whistling is in the firing line

Charles Haughey at a press conference in Dublin, following his acquittal in the Arms Trial in October 1970

The six-part series will be based on Peter Cunningham’s novel ‘The Taoiseach’

The Sunbed Association, a  body representing sunbed salons in the UK and Ireland,  took issue with the connection made between sunbeds and cancer, and challenged Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to produce  evidence of it.  File photograph: Getty Images

Doctors say yes. The sunbed lobby says not necessarily. So who do you believe?

Claudia Boyle

From James Vincent McMorrow and Lisa Hannigan to Imelda May’s bid to out-Jools Jools

The Beerbrewer, by Jost Amman. Records from January 1565 show stone masons working at a quarry in Clontarf, Dublin, were provided with an allowance of 14 pints of ale per day by the proctor of Christ Church Cathedral

Tipperary woman Dr Susan Flavin on her discovery that Irish workers in the 16th century drank 14 pints a day

Miss Saigon: An operatic production that stuns.

Review: Intersection of showbiz and brutality provides enormous audience pleasure

Architect and engineer who design products for use in space are visiting Ireland

I’m Not Here at Dublin Theatre Festival until October 7th. Photograph: Dorje de Burgh

In this ritualised meditation, Doireann Coady works through her grief for her brother Donal, who died 3,104 days ago

  A glance at pestos available in Irish supermarkets reveals a wide range in salt levels. Photograph: Getty Images

Pesto sauces contain far too much salt, study finds. Go for fresh, and check the labels

James Harkness, Fionn O'Shea, Sophie Reid and Seána Kerslake, Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow

Four Irish actors and one producer made it onto Screen International’s 'future talent' list

Exuberant, exhilarating: Alma Kelliher, Ruth Smith, Nicola Kavanagh, Adam Matthews in RIOT, produced by THISISPOPBABY,  winner of the  Best Production award at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. Photograph: Fiona Morgan

After a fortnight of Fringe highlights, 10 shows win awards in nine categories

Dominic MacHale as Michael Collins, Irene Kelleher as Kitty Kiernan. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Michael Collins’s relationship with Kitty Kiernan is brought to life by their letters

Fight the power: Hot Brown Honey, at the Spiegeltent

The theatre festival is up and running; here’s some of what to expect over coming weeks

Sculptor Donnacha Cahill’s giant pop-up audio visual sculpture, The Gramophone,  at the market outside St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church  as part of Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Here’s six things we learned at Galway’s arts festivals, including some insights from the Abbey Theatre’s new co-director

The 1988 Tom Hanks comedy film will get the stage treatment at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre for Christmas

Patrick Mason (c), with the writers of Signatories: Thomas Kilroy, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Marina Carr, Joe O’Connor and Hugo Hamilton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Eight Irish writers’ monologues create a moving theatrical tapestry

Winners (back row): Laurence Kinlan (best supporting actor), Fergus Shiel (best opera), Sarah Bacon (best set design), Francis O’Connor (best costume design), Sarah Lynch (best production), Marty Rea (best actor), Sarah Jane Shiels (best lighting), Derbhle Crotty (best actress), Lian Bell (judges’ special award). Front row: Doreen McKenna (best costume design), Anne Clarke (special tribute award and best opera), Stacey Gregg (best new play), Louise Lowe (audience award) and Owen Boss (audience award). Not in photograph: Jimmy Eadie (best sound), Garry Hynes (best director) and Abigail McGibbon (best supporting actress). Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘DruidShakespeare’ swept all before it at this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

Some of Frank Kelly’s memorable radio sketches on The Glen Abbey Radio Show were phone calls from gombeen culchie Gobnait O’Lúnasa. Photograph: Finbar O’Rourke/Collins Dublin

Comedian played a range of memorable and lovable characters on television and radio

Frank Kelly was a versatile, talented and inventive actor.  Photograph: Joe St Ledger

Articulate, charming actor could not have been further removed from Fr Jack’s personality

The fragmented transport links in Dublin means students in disadvantaged areas are more likely to attend their local IT rather than heading to university

Proximity to universities outside Dublin influences the likelihood of college progression, while Clare records highest rate at 92%

Mia Colleran and Shona Ní Aodhagain celebrate getting their Leaving Cert results at Coláiste Íosagáin, Stillorgan. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Students in more affluent areas of Dublin are four times more likely to go to college

Eoin Fleming, winner of the Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Award. Fleming is a sixth-year student at St MacDara’s Community College, Templeogue, Dublin

Eoin Fleming hopes to study under John O’Conor in Virginia

President Michael D Higgins is presented with a copy of the ‘Irish Times’ book ‘Unthinkable; Great Ideas for Now’ by Joe Humphreys at Áras an Uachtárain. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Michael D Higgins welcomes publication ‘Unthinkable: Great Ideas for Now’

In the Intreo office the officer reckoned they aim to ultimately include everyone in the State, and agreed it is an ID card in all but name.

Opinion: The card will contain my name, date of birth, PPS number, photo, an electronic signature, but it will also be technically(...)

The students of Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School have a hand in drawing up the school rules

RTÉ1’s ‘A Different Class’ captures the foundation of an Education Together school in Ongar

Photograph: Thinkstock

More than 10,000 primary school children took part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme last year

It’s a 21st century dilemma for the soft middle classes. Cabin fever becomes a passage of night

It may be easier to get grades for a college place in Europe, but first-year failure rates are often high. Photograph: Thinkstock

The number of Irish students opting to study through English in continental European colleges is on the rise, and it’s easy to see(...)

Photograph: Thinkstock

Well-attended website launch marks first tangible result of Arts in Education Charter

Scientist Ed Curry with artist Ceara Conway and teacher Ger Power in Scoil Chuimín & Caitríona, Oughterard, Co Galway.

This beast of a project reports a positive change in children’s attitudes to science

College Choice: Forget the Leaving Cert. Doing research now on how you want to spend your life will lessen chances of making a mis(...)

Schools in disadvantaged areas are seeing a rise in the number of students progressing to college but inequalities still remain. F(...)

UrAbility founder James Northridge with his Dragons Den investor Barry O’ Sullivan. Photograph: Mark Maxwell

Another day off as some schools close for elections

MR. MARTIN CULLEN T.D. MINISTER OF STATE, DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE PICTURED DURING THE INTRODUCTION OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT AT GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS, YESTERDAY. PHOTOGRAPH:CYRIL BYRNE

No transparency when schools are not open to Freedom of Information

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