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O’Connors of Drumleck managing director John O’Connor: ‘Something’s only a mistake if you do it twice.’

John O’Connor is managing director of O’Connors of Drumleck, designers and manufacturers of bespoke fitted cabinetry and furniture, characterised by l(...)

14 Ovoca Road, Portobello, Dublin 8

Dublin 8’s Portobello has been having a moment for a long time now. Not that the area’s ever been out of fashion since emerging, early in the 19th cen(...)

Avoca managing director Tara O’Neill  in  the company’s new Ballsbridge foodie venture. Photograph:  Alan Betson

On a huge reclaimed frieze behind the bar at Avoca’s newest Dublin foodstore, there’s a carving of the Latin adage: Tempus fugit. Times flies. It cert(...)

Phil Smith of Shoots and Roots with his his new vegan burger

Food entrepreneurs need to be made of stern stuff. Production is hard physical work and they often start off doing everything themselves from making a(...)

Tianyiwa Xie, a student from Alexander College, Dublin, whose project was ‘Intersection of Multidimensional Planes in Projective Geometry. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

How can I stop my sliced apple going brown in my lunchbox? Is it possible to charge a phone using exercise? Does listening to classical music make you(...)

Last-minute Christmas shopping. Photograph: iStock/Getty

ADULTS Dents Aviemore touch-screen gloves The gloves Among the most traditional of Christmas gifts, but what we like about Dents Avie(...)

Tourism in Ireland: the rise in the tourism VAT rate will undoubtedly make life more difficult for some smaller restaurant and hotel operators in certain parts of the country. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The primal scream from tourism and hospitality operators over the return of their VAT rate to 13.5 per cent is understandable, given the scale of disa(...)

Donnybrook Fair has six epicurean stores in some of Dublin and Wicklow’s most affluent areas. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The ending of discussions between Dunnes Stores and Donnybrook Fair about a takeover deal looks like a missed opportunity for Ireland’s largest retail(...)

A takeover of Donnybrook Fair by Dunnes would have been seen within the industry as a natural progression for Ireland’s largest indigenous retailer

Talks between Dunnes Stores and the high-end supermarket chain Donnybrook Fair over a possible takeover deal have ended without agreement, according t(...)

The place of your birth can have a powerful draw. So, even though his career in finance has taken him to Dublin, London and New York, the owner of Cor(...)

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