Auctioneer Brendan Bowe with  Baxter in Ballincollig, Cork. ‘It’s an extraordinary ice-breaker, having a pet around.’ Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/  Provision

The Irish office is a much-changed place of late. The past year has seen the sweeping out of casual sexism, power lunches and after-work drinks. In th(...)

Festival directors Rory O’Connell and Darina Allen planning their Litfest 2017 weekend with  guest chefs Jacob Kenedy from Bocca Di Lupo in Soho, and    Richard Falk and Robin Gill of The Dairy in Clapham. Photograph: Joleen Cronin

Litfest: A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe, to give it its brand new title, is expected to draw in excess of 8,000 people to the Co Co(...)