The Kirwans’ open-plan livnig space

Co Wicklow residents Joyce and Jonathan Kirwan were just about to embark on a big extension and refurbishment of their family home, when their plans t(...)

Concrete jungle: the US embassy in Dublin, designed by John M Johansen and completed in 1964. Photograph: Paul Tierney/Dublin City Council

Ugly, hated and dated, it can feel as if the years between 1940 and 1970 were wilderness ones in Ireland: decades that taste and time forgot. As our n(...)

Jack O’Hare: architect, writer and teacher. Photograph: Patrick Browne

After a busy career, 99-year-old Jack O’Hare is leading a quieter life these days in the small apartment he and his wife, Peggy, share at Havenwood Re(...)

St Brendan’s Community School: from an era when Modernist structures popped up unexpectedly

We need more homes. We need more schools. Listening to Government apologists, it’s tempting to see these as intractable problems, or issues for that o(...)

McDowell Mountain Preserve, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Some places are iconic: spots so mythologised by films and TV that it can be easy to feel disappointed with the real thing. Being in such places can b(...)

Something for every garden enthusiast at Bloom in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Over the last 11 years it’s become one of the most anticipated highlights of the Irish horticultural year, a great coming together of nursery growers,(...)

Coorannel House, Glengarriff, Co Cork. This 287sq m house, built on the edge of a nature reserve, is for sale with Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill for €695,000

The prize for the most picture perfect village in Ireland must be keenly contested, but surely Glengarriff is one of the hottest contenders. First it(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There is no end in sight to the housing crisis. It is a crisis about far more than people sleeping rough or children in cramped private hostels paid f(...)

The furnished identical house next door to 6 South Place, The Burnaby, Greystones, Co Wicklow

The Burnaby in Greystones is not the sort of place one usually associates with ultra-modern design and cutting edge technology but that is what is on (...)

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (68) speaks to the crowd from the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Guardian once carried a report on the rescue of a couple of transatlantic sailors, aged 64 and 68, beginning as follows: “Most retired people are (...)

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