Simon O’Connor, director of the new Museum of Literature Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

If walls could talk, they’d whisper stories, putting tales and characters into your head: which is, of course, exactly what a good book does. Books in(...)

Julia Marciniak, who was a waitress at the Ivy restaurant in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Brendan Ogle calls me Rosa Luxemburg, ” says Julia Marciniak. As a waiter at Dublin’s Ivy restaurant, Marciniak recently found herself in the midst o(...)

In some restaurants, it has emerged, tips or service charges become part of general business cashflow, used to pay wages and other business outgoings. A number File photograph: George Clerk/iStock/Getty Images

Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty is writing to a number of restaurants who are including tips received by their employees as part of sal(...)

Hugh Hefner: the publisher lived in the Playboy mansion until his death, in 2017

The Irish auctioneer Martin Nolan will this week host one of the biggest house-clearance sales in Los Angeles history when the contents of Hugh Hefner(...)

A computer-generated image of the new Hard Rock Hotel, which Tifco plans to open  in Dublin in 2020.

Irish hospitality group Tifco is bringing the Hard Rock Hotel franchise to Dublin as part of a €30 million development. Tifco plans to open an upscal(...)

Hard Rock Cafe Dublin - “love all serve all” at the bar

As you walk into Dublin’s Hard Rock Cafe, just reopened after refurbishment, one big thing hits you. Or rather, doesn’t hit you. U2’s famous Trabant f(...)

A custom-made electric guitar played by the late John Lennon and George Harrison  sold at a New York auction yesterday for $408,000. Photograph: Julien’s Gallery/Reuters

A custom-made electric guitar played by the late John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles sold at a New York auction yesterday for $408,0(...)

Oh, dear. It looks as if Boris Johnson’s tourism Johnnies have got their fingers in this underpowered geezer thriller. There’s the Gherk(...)