Elaine Murphy

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Elaine Murphy of the  Winding Stair restaurant group: “very disappointed  VAT rate has not been  significantly cut”. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

There has been a mixed reaction from the restaurant sector to measures announced on Thursday as part of the €7 billion “July Jobs” stimulus plan. Whil(...)

Four-year-old Cole Cronin cycles past a mural of George Floyd by artist Emmalene Blake in Kingswood, south Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

By now we were three days in and already dying for the bloody thing to end. Anyone who started their Leaving Cert this first week of June in 1990 will(...)

On February 14th, restaurant staff place bets on who will storm out first from a St Valentine’s date

It’s Elaine Murphy’s go-to St Valentine’s joke. “So table for three, yeah?” she’ll say when a vaguely desperate (typically male) diner rings looking f(...)

Annie Fletcher: ‘I have a huge girl crush on Cate Blanchett. I think she’s brilliant, and is very fashionable and beautiful.’

Current favourite book  As a thinker and intellectual, James Baldwin was so amazing and driving, and I’ve been re-reading The Last Interview: And(...)

Young man choosing from the menu in the restaurant.

The idea used to horrify us, but now more of us are doing it. We’re dining alone, and not just half-perched on a stool necking a ham roll on our break(...)

Jeni Glasgow and Reuven Diaz, who run Eastern Seaboard restaurant and Brown Hound Bakery in Drogheda, say all cash tips are pooled asplit with 60 percent for floor staff and 40 per cent going to the kitchen staff. Photo: Barry Cronin

The Irish Times contacted the owners of a selection of restaurants across Ireland to ask what their tipping and service charge policies were. Paradis(...)

“Deep concern and dissatisfaction”: the Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 300 actors, directors, designers, agents and playwrights have complained to the Minister for Culture about the Abbey Theatre’s recently adop(...)

Fine dining is not just about wine anymore. “It’s become acceptable now to have a beer with your dinner.” Photograph: iStock

Provenance is a big theme in food these days, with many restaurant menus including details about locally grown vegetables or the names of farms where (...)

Home Theatre (Ireland): Elaine Murphy in Caroline’s Wedding, for Rose Emmet

HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) Draíocht, Blanchardstown ★ ★ ★ ★ This collaboration between theatre professionals and people in Dublin 15 offers  in(...)

Peter Leahy addresses the Mayo team in Clones for the game against Cavan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The stand-off between the Mayo women footballers and management has taken another turn after the 12 players and two coaches who left the panel in July(...)

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