Arlene Harris

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Architect Darragh Lynch in Malahide where he has obtained planning permission for six neighbours, who got together to obtain  permission for mews houses at the end of their gardens. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Everyone knows it’s important to get on with your neighbours but while getting along with each other is good for morale – and the odd loan of a cup of(...)

Minimalist: the Donegal home designed by Jim and Eilish Walsh’s son

Jim Walsh says he and his wife Eilish have landed in heaven. The pair, who recently retired after spending more than three decades working and living (...)

Arlene Harris and her friend Julie Albrecht on a moped in Greece in the 1990s as they Interrailed around Europe

Forget material things and pricey possessions, there is nothing better than seeing the world. My parents always travelled to far-flung places so I pic(...)

Keep surfaces clean and rooms well ventilated. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s mid-January and most of us are either successfully winning with our New Year’s resolutions or floundering at the half-way line and wondering whet(...)

Maria Raftery’s Christmas table: ‘I always go all out with a bit of glamour and sparkles’

When it comes to setting the table for the annual festive feast, a little effort is required and so the candles will be lit, the centrepiece beautiful(...)

Insulating your house will make a huge difference when it comes to keeping your home cosy

The clocks have been turned back and there’s no denying that it’s officially wintertime. At this stage most of us will have turned the heating on and (...)

Carefully pick up the  bat (if you dare!), put it in a shoe box, and find a dark, safe spot in a bush or tree where it can continue sleeping.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It’s nearing that time of year when houses up and down the country will be flooded with bats – of the novelty variety, as our winged friends go hand-i(...)

Neil Kelders: “If I could give any advice I would say that the most important thing to do is talk – I know it took me over 21 years, but trust me, talk.” Photograph: City Headshots Dublin

Up to 300,000 people experience depression in Ireland – and it’s most common in women, affecting one in four compared to one in 10 men. However, this (...)

Heaven and hell: the balcony of our first apartment overlooked a building site; our second apartment had the views we thought we’d booked in the first place

My family and I were looking forward to our holiday in a self-catering apartment overlooking the sea in a small Spanish town. The photographs looked i(...)

Francis Nesbitt with his goats at Croan House, Co Kilkenny.

Fifteen years ago Francis Nesbitt had a career in IT and lived in the heart of Dublin. But he always hankered after a big old house in the countryside(...)

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