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Ex-tech entrepreneur John Nagle and his wife Joan have moved to Connemara to revive a carpet weaving business  A baptism of fire is how Joa(...)

Caution: garden eating deers about. Photograph: Alan Betson ,

Oh no – or should that be oh dear – we have deer in our garden. Or rather, we very nearly have deer, their slow but steady invasion just about kept in(...)

A view of a new exhibition at Emo Court, Co Laois

Head to Emo Court in Co Laois for an exquisite exhibition of contemporary artwork on display throughout the neo-classical mansion designed by James Ga(...)

19a Long Lane, just off Camden Street in Dublin city centre, extends to just 32sq m

Located just off Camden Street, beside the old Meath Hospital, 19a Long Lane has long been known as the Skinny House. The name harks back to the early(...)

David Austin rose ‘Strawberry Hill’ from Mr Middleton – €22

I used to think that when it came to the chore of Christmas present shopping, buying a gift for the green-fingered person in your life was as easy-pea(...)

The Toulouse bath by Waterloo Bathrooms, www.waterloo.ie. Price from €5,499

A deep, hot bath has long been regarded as one of life’s genuine luxuries and some people simply can’t function without them. The designer Tom Ford ta(...)

Best of Europe:  glass bowl by Róisín de Buitléar

In our age of mass production and perfect manufactured replicas, does making things by hand matter any more? Exploring Homo Faber, a huge exhibition d(...)

Patrick Meade: “I collect original book illustrations by artists who worked in London during the golden age of book illustration (late 19th and early 20th century).”

Who? Irishman Patrick Meade is deputy chairman of Bonhams – founded in 1793 – one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiq(...)

Ruth Monaghan at home in Sandymount, Dublin: “I love texture and colour and Nordic simplicity and I believe that a home should be really comfortable and warm.” Photograph: Eric Luke

From Rosses Point in Sligo, florist Ruth Monaghan began her career in television production after studying commerce in DCU, experience that stood to (...)

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(...)

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