Darina Allen during a demonstration at Ballymaloe Cookery School. Photograph: Eric Luke

Losses at the Ballymaloe Cookery School hit €193,097 last year as the pandemic took its toll on the Co Cork business. Co-owner of the school Darina A(...)

JP McMahon with his daughters, Heather and Martha. Photograph: Anita Murphy

Kids can cook JP McMahon has plenty of experience teaching children to cook, with his daughters Heather and Martha as his star pupils, and he is laun(...)

Darina Allen during a demonstration at Ballymaloe Cookery School. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ballymaloe Cookery School in east Cork said it believed it had an “obligation” to nine international students who had come to Ireland before the Decem(...)

Designed well, the smallest pond offers food, water, shelter and a place for  species to live and/or to breed

In a world made lonely by lockdown, nature is the friend that cajoles us out of our black moods and offers hope. It’s also, of course, hugely entertai(...)

Novelist and poet Elaine Feeney loves Helen Cullen’s The Truth Must Dazzle.

For the literary bookworm Elaine Feeney, novelist and poet Despite the crazy year, it was a brilliant year for Irish writing. I really love(...)

Darina Allen launched an online offering with access to Ballymaloe’s coveted classes from anywhere in the world.

Any home cook worth their salt invariably has an aspiration to take a cooking class. The chance to sharpen your skills with the masters and being give(...)

Ken Madden and Beth-Ann Smith of Lismore Food Company in the kitchen with their book of hand-written recipes. Picture: Patrick Browne

The house that Beth-Ann Smith and Ken Madden share is full of laughter, no small amount of intriguing gins, and plenty of biscuits. The kitchen is als(...)

Don’t be afraid to deploy underhand tactics, aka bribery, Photograph: iStock

The golden rule to getting children interested in cooking is patience – and lots of it. “It can be a slow process,” says cook Thomasina Miers. “I tal(...)

Rory O’Connell and his sister, Darina Allen.

If you have a famous sibling, chances are you’re in the shadows. Unless your surname is Kardashian where they all seem to strobe in the limelight, or (...)

Good quality, free-range pork chops are a delicious and easy mid-week supper

It has never been more important to support local producers. The brilliant neighbourfood.ie initiative continues to be a vital resource, making sure h(...)

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