Willow weaver Beth Murphy at work in her country garden on County Kildare. Photographs: Richard Johnston

Whimsy ... not only do I love it as a word but I also like it in a garden, where it brings an air of playful, joyful irreverence. For the same reas(...)

Darina Allen: nearly brings the house down with her criticism of excessive business regulation. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The annual invasion of Dublin by the cream of Cork’s business establishment took place on Tuesday night, with Cork Chamber’s annual dinner at the Doub(...)

 Celebrity chef Rachel Allen and her son Joshua (14), who are  visiting India with aid agency Goal

Chef and writer Rachel Allen is in India with Goal this week, visiting some of the aid agency’s projects in Kolkata, as well as hosting a fundraising (...)

Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Chapter One: An Irish Food Story, by Ross Lewis (Gill & MacMillan, €39.99). It’s been a bumper, bar-raising year for Irish cookbook publishing.(...)

Kilkenny chefs  Mary McEvoy, proprietor of A Slice of Heaven; Grainne Somers, head chef at The Pembroke Hotel; Gerald Dunne, executive head chef at Lyrath Estate Hotel; Ken Harker, head chef at the Lady Helen restaurant at Mount Juliet; Matus Pollack, head chef at the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel; Mark Gaffney, executive chef at the Ormonde Hotel and Helen Costello of the pop-up vegetarian restaurant, holding  TV3’s Ireland AM chef Edward Hayden

Kilkenny has been suggested as the successor to Kinsale as the gourmet capital of Ireland, with the recent awarding of two Michelin stars to the city’(...)

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