Fred Krehbiel

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Leinster House silver service remains the grandest and most complete surviving aristocratic service

There is a story of mobility, mixed fortunes and journeys When we look at collections  The heyday of country-house building and c(...)

Andy Ring, George Clooney and Séamus Clooney in Ballyfin House, Co Laois. Photograph: Facebook/Abbeyleix Tourism and Marketing Group

George Clooney and his wife, Amal were among visitors last year as revenues at Ballyfin, one of the most exclusive hotels in the country, rose to €5.8(...)

The K Club was the brainchild of one of the State’s most successful businessmen of any era, Michael Smurfit.  Photograph: Getty Images

The K Club golf resort in Co Kildare, which has just been sold by Michael Smurfit for more than €65 million, has always occupied a special place in t(...)

Golfer Rory McIlroy at Adare Manor: JP McManus has invested  over €80 million  in the venue allocated the Ryder Cup for 2026.  Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The K Club in Kildare looks set to change hands, with Michael Smurfit in talks to sell it to Dublin investor Michael Fetherston. As the nursing home(...)

 Damien Bastiat, general manger of Ballyfin Hotel in Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Damien Bastiat wipes the rain drops off the windscreen of our golf buggy with a cloth, hops on the driver’s seat, and we’re off on a whirlwind tour of(...)

London Spy: Ben Whishaw is determined to discover the truth

As an espionage thriller London Spy (BBC Two, Monday) reveals itself slowly. We get the London bit from the first scene – beautiful blue-grey shots of(...)

The cabinet or kunstkammer is described as representing “a zenith in continental decorative furniture-making”

The aristocratic Coote family left Ireland after the War of Independence and returned to England. Ballyfin in Co Laois - their magnificent house in th(...)

I love hotels. My children love hotels. Their father loves hotels. We are the family that gets stupidly excited on the approach to a smiling person be(...)