Gaz Smith outside his restaurant  Michael’s of Mount Merrion. ‘I see the blended use of space being with us for a while.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“Dublin city centre is an absolute disaster. It’s a tumbleweed situation, especially after 6pm when businesses close. Last night we did 16 people, and(...)

“On Friday we did six covers, normally I’d do 400,” says Boxty House owner  Pádraig Óg Gallagher

The Boxty House in Temple Bar, a family-run restaurant that has been operating in Dublin 2 for more than 30 years, has closed its doors indefinitely. (...)

Liath in Dublin’s Blackrock Market did not sell out its tables in a single day, for the first time in more than four years. At time of publishing it still had some tables of six for April. Photograph: Alan Betson

“We have lost €10,000 worth of bookings in the past week alone.” John Healy, general manager of Suesey Street in Dublin 2, believes that the restauran(...)

Phil Rosenthal down on the Ballymaloe farm with Darina Allen in the upcoming episode of the Netflix docu-series Somebody Feed Phil, which takes him to Dublin, Wicklow and Cork

Somebody Feed Phil, the Netflix documentary series following Phil Rosenthal as he embarks on an “eating tour of the world”, might better have been cal(...)

Fáilte Ireland’s new food champions (front row, l to r) Jacinta Dalton, Gabriel Faherty, Olivia Duff, Ketty Elisabeth, Garrett Fitzgerald, Chris Molloy, Ruth Healy and Brid Torrades. (Back row, l to r)  Kevin Ahern, Seáneen Sullivan, Claire Dalton, Tom Flavin, Judith Boyle, Ivan Varian, Aine Maguire, Pádraic Óg Gallagher, Patrick Ryan, John Relihan, Anthony O’Toole and Niall Sabongi. Photograph: Pat Moore

Getting visitors to Ireland to “stop more, spend more and stay longer” is at the heart of a Fáilte Ireland food tourism initiative led by 16 newly app(...)