Pictured at the inaugural Energia Family Business Awards at the Mansion House Dublin were, from left, Wendy Whelan and Fern Allen of Ballymaloe House, who accepted the award for Small Family Business of the Year from Tom Proctor of Sysnet Global Solutions. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Ballymaloe House, Dawn Meats, Sysnet, P&G Cards and Flahavan’s were among the winners at the inaugural Energia Family Business Awards held in Dubl(...)

Wild harvesting has tangible health benefits, from the exercise to the mindfulness you can achieve at the seaside

Growing up in Arklow on Ireland’s east coast, beachcombing was a regular activity. I still love walking the dogs along the beach, stopping to gaze int(...)

The Ocean Spray cranberry garden at last year’s Bloom in the Park festival. This year’s fetival will have a large Food Village with restaurants, cafes, markets and cookery demonstrations. Photograph: Lorna Gannon/Jardin

Food festival season continues apace – with more and more blending culinary elements into other areas of interest. The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literar(...)

Gerry Galvin was one of the most creative chefs of Ireland’s culinary development . He was also an influential food writer. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Gerry Galvin, who has died aged 70, was best known as one of the most creative chefs of Ireland’s culinary development and also was an influent(...)