Russborough House which is run by the Alfred Beit Foundation. The house is reopening to the public after major refurbishment. Photograph: Alan Betson

Russborough House in Blessington, Co Wicklow – one of Ireland’s grandest stately homes – has just reopened to the public for the 2018 season. During t(...)

Irish fashion designer Sybil Connolly at her Dublin fashion house in 1965. The key to entertaining was “staff”, she said. Photograph: Getty Images

A friend once gave me a pocket mirror with a vintage photograph of people wearing party hats, and the words “She was a hostess with the mostess” on it(...)

‘Adoration of the Shepherds’ by  Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1685)

What is it? It is an Old Master painting, The Adoration of the Shepherds by 17th-century Dutch artist Adriaen van Ostade. The oil-on-canvas was made(...)

Russborough House is  currently closed for urgent electrical and other works. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Alfred Beit Foundation has reached an agreement with the British Revenue Commissioners, the Arts Council of England and the UK culture secretary K(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys announced the review of the tax breaks allowed to the owners of historic houses. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government has announced a review of the tax breaks allowed to the owners of historic houses. Section 482 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, a(...)

‘A Village Kermesse Near Antwerp’  by David Teniers II which Lochlann Quinn bought for €2 million and donated to the National Gallery of Ireland

Two 17th-century Flemish Old Master paintings worth a combined €5.5 million – from the Alfred Beit Collection at Russborough House that were withdrawn(...)

Meule (Grainstack)by Claude Monet sold for $84.4 million.

The top price for art at auction worldwide in 2016 was achieved at Christie’s, New York, where a French Impressionist painting Meule (Grainstack)by Cl(...)

The Alfred Beit Foundation estimates that up to €15 million will be needed to ensure the long-term survival of Russborough House in  Blessington, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke

A further €500,000 has been secured for Russborough House following on from a €7 million fundraising drive by its minders, the Department of Arts and (...)

Russborough House: a  spokesman said the 200-acre estate near Blessington had “about 105,000 visitors” in 2016 – a new record. Photograph: Eric Luke

The threatened closure of Russborough House, the stately home in Co Wicklow, has been averted following the sale of old master paintings from its coll(...)

Russborough House, near Blessington in Co Wicklow, built  in 1741.

For a few decades in the second half of the 20th century, Russborough House near Blessington, Co Wicklow was an unlikely home to one of the world’s mo(...)

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