James Fennell

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Joanna and James Fennell of Burtown House in Co Kildare.

It’s the season of the festive get-together, but party season brings its own particular anxieties for those welcoming friends and family into their ho(...)

Bella Huddart at Sandbrook House in Co Carlow: ‘A good first impression is key.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

In an increasingly crowded holiday-letting market, how do you make your home stand out? Filtered and cleverly angled photos may get eyeballs on your p(...)

Many Irish gardens are filled with one of the best and earliest-ever displays of snowdrops. Photograph: Moment/Getty

If you’re an experienced gardener, then you’ll already know that plants have surprisingly scant regard for the calendar year. Instead seasonality is a(...)

The diningroom at Martinstown, Ballysax, Co Kildare. The tables in many of these country houses  can sit  from 12 to 30 people. Photograph: James Fennell

“I love going to our meetings,” says Hannah Flynn of Roundwood House in Co Laois. Hannah is chairman of The Hidden Ireland organisation and it’s no wo(...)

Guerrilla ties to hit a number of moving targets

The most subversive streak within John Ridley’s Guerrilla (Sky Atlantic, Thursday, 9pm) a transatlantic co-production between Sky and Showtime, is to (...)

Hoteliers Francis and John Brennan with James and Joanna Fennell of   Burtown House   near Athy in County Kildare. Photograph: RTE

Each week on At Your Service (RTÉ One, Sunday, 8.30pm) – the business makeover show that  has modestly become a fixture of RTÉ since 2008 – Franc(...)

Turtle Bunbury in the sittingroom, called the library, of his home on the Lisnavagh estate in Co Carlow. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Turtle Bunbury is an author, historian and public speaker whose books include the Vanishing Ireland series, The Glorious Madness and, his latest book(...)

Donough Cahill of the  Irish Georgian Society  in the City Assembly House on South William Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

One of Dublin’s most important Georgian public buildings is to reopen to the public this week a decade after its closure.The City Assembly House, on S(...)

The light well feature at the Irish Georgian Society in the City Assembly House on South William Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

What is it? The City Assembly House at 58 South William Street, Dublin 2, is the new headquarters of the Irish Georgian Society and will host exhibiti(...)

Michael Kenneally was a Co Clare hill farmer who lived all his 82 years at the foot of Mount Callan, overlooking the road from Inagh to Miltown(...)