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Adare Manor.

With the country slowly emerging from a lockdown the like of which has never been seen before, people will be anxious to escape the confines of their (...)

Twinkle, twinkle: the most common type of chandelier is what’s called the Dutch Gothic style,  says Don Ryan of Dungannon-based Ryan and Smith.

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to get a look inside Ballyfin, Kilkenny Castle or Áras an Uachtaráin, and glanced up at the chandeliers twinkling abo(...)

The K Club was the brainchild of one of the State’s most successful businessmen of any era, Michael Smurfit.  Photograph: Getty Images

The K Club golf resort in Co Kildare, which has just been sold by Michael Smurfit for more than €65 million, has always occupied a special place in t(...)

Cobalt blue Ketzal blanket €325

Cool, damp evenings call for the warmth of a throw that can do double duty as a room accessory and a cosy wrap. Luckily there’s plenty of choice from (...)

Golfer Rory McIlroy at Adare Manor: JP McManus has invested  over €80 million  in the venue allocated the Ryder Cup for 2026.  Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The K Club in Kildare looks set to change hands, with Michael Smurfit in talks to sell it to Dublin investor Michael Fetherston. As the nursing home(...)

James Nicholson, founder of JN Wine, says the purchase of Highbury Vintners represented a ‘strategic acquisition’.

JN Wine, one of Ireland’s best known independent wine merchants, is expanding its business to London with the purchase of award-winning wine retailer (...)

Lady Rosse with a copy of Mary Ward’s book. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Mary Ward is chiefly remembered as being the unfortunate victim of Ireland’s first fatal road traffic incident, but in her lifetime she was a celebrat(...)

Damien Bastiat, who is bringing a touch of Gallic flaire to the luxury five-star Ballyfin resort in Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

More than 1,000 customers of ICS Mortgages may have had their ability to access new credit damaged as a result of an error in submitting information o(...)

Inside the Cow house in Portlaoise.

David Keane, proprietor of the Store Yard in Portlaoise, is a self-professed hoarder who turned a hobby into a profession. The former builder develope(...)

Andy Ring and George Clooney at the five star hotel in Ballyfin, Co Laois. Photograph:  Facebook/Abbeyleix Tourism and Marketing Group

The Hollywood actor George Clooney, his wife Amal and two children have spent a number of days in Co Laois getting to know his Irish relatives. They (...)

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