Joan Scales

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Genevieve Gorder and Peter Lorimer of Stay Here

We are currently hooked on Stay Here, a new Netflix series that shows holiday-let landlords how to ramp up returns on their property by redecorating a(...)

Former Airbnb host Ceire Sadlier in her apartment in Townsend Street , Dublin in 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

When Ceire Sadlier was renting her apartment in Townsend Street Dublin – bought at the height of the boom – on Airbnb a couple of years ago, she atten(...)

Government’s Travelwise app lists the status of every county in the world and also where help can be obtained from consulates overseas.

This week the consular services of the Department of Foreign Affairs held a consultative forum with stakeholders. Led by head of the consular servic(...)

TV interiors presenter Linda Barker.

Friday, April 20th Ipm: Introduction to the Ideal Home Show followed by Liz Dwyer interview with TV interiors presenter Linda Barker on the latest lo(...)

Sunset with broken bridge at Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys, near Key West.

In April 1982, during the Nixon era, the US border patrol introduced a road block on the Florida Keys to screen traffic for drugs and refugees in fron(...)

Bedroom details from Hunter’s Yard, Kilkenny.

If you haven’t stayed in a hotel lately, you are in for a big surprise. All over Ireland hotels are refurbishing and renovating after 10 languid years(...)

Or are you thinking of Airbnb as a serious business that could replace your main source of income?

The news that a property could be earning over €100,000 on Airbnb is probably encouraging people to think about doing it themselves. Before you sign (...)

Banned finally in 2013, bedsits often provoke nostalgia amongst their one-time occupants – even if the conditions were often grim. The often-maligned(...)

The  entrance hall of the Adare Manor

Can you set a wood fire? How are your flower-arranging skills? What about about making the best Irish coffee in the county it was invented in? Can you(...)

Joan Scales with a GoCar.  The cars are a variety of Ford and Hyundai superminis and hatchbacks, and also a few  BMW i3 electric cars. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Arriving home late on a Friday night in December, I was shocked to discover that I had been burgled, and it was the next day before I discovered they (...)

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