Churchtown  has landscaped estates, mature greenery and a string of commercial centres. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Churchtown used to be farmland: Rolling fields on the southern fringes of Co Dublin – much like nearby Ballinteer, which featured in this column in Oc(...)

Brothers Barry, Fehan, and Kieran Flood, owners of Churchtown Stores, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Long-standing family business Churchtown Stores is to close its doors at the end of this month. The hardware shop, run by brothers Kieran, Fehan and (...)

 Barry, Fehan and Kieran Flood, owners of  Churchtown Stores in Dublin: brothers have decided to sell the shop after more than 50 years of business.   Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s the end of an era for a Dublin landmark as the For Sale sign goes up on Churchtown Stores. The Braemor Road hardware shop run by the Flood bro(...)

Brothers Barry, Fehan and Kieran Flood, owners of Churchtown Stores, Churchtown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

It’s week two of The Irish Times Best Shops competition and nominations are pouring in for cafes, food shops, salons and boutiques across the counry.(...)