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Best meal: Damien Grey (left) and Andrew Heron, at Heron & Grey,  Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

News from the “plate half-full” school of thinking is that there’s a generation of chefs, farmers and food producers going the extra mile. Deeply conn(...)

Frank Fenn  with the six millionth box of Baileys Irish Cream. Photograph: Alan Betson

“Can we take anything from my Kerrygold butter experience? Is there something in Ireland’s reputation for dairy produce that we can apply to an alcoho(...)

View from Bella Vista, Coliemore Road, Dalkey, on sale in need of complete overhaul in March for €1.2m, sold by June for €1.4m

It is the dream of many a would-be property developer, reared on a diet of Location, Location, Location, Grand Designs, and Property Ladder. Buy a run(...)

Mary O’Sullivan My book of the year is Harvesting by Lisa Harding. It is a book that needed to be written about a subject that gets little attention, (...)

Cúchulainn: Ulster’s Greatest Hero,  by Réamonn Ó Ciaráin, with astounding paintings by Dara Vallely

Is it a sign of age? When this writer first started hacking away in this paper, 21-odd years ago, it would have been possible to read almost every boo(...)

Cork funk/R&B group Shookrah are the winners in the Best Irish Band category

If the popular vote in the Ticket Awards for Music 2017 had its way in the real world, then Kendrick Lamar would be our king and St Vincent – née Anni(...)

Alison Spittle’s breakout RTÉ comedy “Nowhere Fast”.

The last thing anybody wants is to turn the annual Ticket Awards into some sort of popularity contest. Instead, now that the critics’ picks and popula(...)

An exhibition of stunning quality: Vermeer at The National Gallery of Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Among readers who voted, Caravaggio nosed ahead of Vermeer to emerge as the top exhibition of the year in Ireland. Beyond Caravaggio: Caravaggio and h(...)

Roddy Doyle: Ticket readers have chosen his latest novel, Smile, as the best Irish novel  of 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson

Smile, Roddy Doyle’s powerful and moving novel about a middle-aged Dubliner traumatised by memories of abuse by a cleric in his childhood, has been ch(...)

41 Niall Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

41 Niall Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 Status: Launched in October seeking €345,000; went sale agreed “well in excess” of asking price. Agent: (...)

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