For comic effect Francis Brennan dons some Asian-themed headgear

Pity the poor Brennan brothers. Ten years after these fastidious Kerry hoteliers began At Your Service (RTÉ One, Sunday, 8.30pm), their business makeo(...)

Bedlinen from Piubelle, made in Portugal. But what is thread count, you ask. It’s the measure of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch. Is it important? “Thread counts are a fad,” says Lisa Duffin of Bottom Drawer in Brown Thomas

Buying bedlinen has become a numbers game with brands trumpeting the high thread count of their sheets and duvet covers in ever higher numbers – 300! (...)

Still drawing a blank over what to buy your mother for Mother’s Day? Don’t panic-buy a foot spa, whatever you do. Instead, cast your eye over this han(...)

Cormac Sheedy: “ I think Irish people adapt really well culturally, and we are genuinely interested to engage with Emeritis, about their families as well as sport.”

Cormac Sheedy first travelled to the Middle East in 1998. It was the start of a 20-year love affair with the region. “I moved to Dubai in 2003, aroun(...)

The circumstances of the  event illustrate the transformation of the country that Irish soldiers of the Great War had left in 1914

Whether or not Finglas man Charlie Brennan was the soldier in that famous rescue scene from the Battle of the Somme documentary (An Irishman’s Diary, (...)

Francis Brennan: 'Liz Nugent’s Skin Deep is a terrific thriller'

Current favourite book I loved Liz Nugent’s Skin Deep. It’s a terrific thriller, and I won’t give the plot away. The way she portrays characters is a(...)

Francis Brennan: blending right in on Grand Tour of South Africa. Photograph: RTE

When Francis Brennan takes a holiday, even busmen take pity. The premise for Francis Brennan’s Grand Tour (RTÉ One, Sunday, 8.30pm), now in its fourth(...)

Francis Brennan takes 12 tourists on the trip of a lifetime to South Africa

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man Friday, Sky One, 9pm James Nesbitt returns as Detective Inspector Harry Clayton, the guardian of a special bracelet which bestow(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy make their way back from Derrynane beach in Kerry following a Cabinet meeting in Derrynane House. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Closeted in a snug-fitting room for nearly six hours on a very hot day with no break for lunch, incessant talking and a sun-drenched beach winking at (...)

Garden designer Diarmuid Gavin: will produce a series of plant collections and garden accessories for Dunnes.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dunnes Stores is preparing to launch a new range of garden products in partnership with celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin. It is understood that Mr G(...)

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