Gemma Tipton

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Lamb is on the menu at the Merrion hotel as part of the collaboration with Ballyfin

It is being described as “a marriage of two great houses”, and the collaboration between the Merrion Hotel in Dublin and Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois (...)

Anantara Dhigu in the Maldives. “Everywhere you turn is perfect. Coconut trees shade views of the ocean. The coconuts themselves are delicious.”

It’s like we’re in a film: the waters are turquoise, the sky pure blue. Our little boat is resting at anchor and, in the distance, we can see powder w(...)

Ashford Castle: The original castle dates back to 1228, when it was built as a stronghold for the Anglo Norman de Burgo family.

A number of years ago I had an American boyfriend who was keen to see Cong, home of the 1952 film The Quiet Man, and Ashford Castle. Americans tend to(...)

Stone Hall, fully refurbished eight-bedroom Georgian mansion overlooking Glandore Harbour, for sale with Charles McCarthy at a guide of €3.8 million

On a sunny September afternoon, small sailboats scud about in the calm waters of Glandore Harbour. Above, the terrace of Hayes’ Bar & Kitchen is f(...)

Gemma Tipton: ‘At school in England we hadn’t studied history as a separate subject, but we had grown up surrounded by the idea that Britain was great, and that everyone was really pleased when we came along to colonise them’

My memories of England in 1977 are of Queen Elizabeth’s silver jubilee and a lot of red, white and blue, in the form of cheerily fluttering flags(...)

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(...)

Javier Abreu as Lindoro and Rachel Kelly as Isabella in Rossini’s ‘The Italian Girl in Algiers’. Photograph: Frances Marshall

It’s a while since I heard anyone talk about never wasting a good crisis, although the idea was frequently mentioned when Ireland was in the throes of(...)

Eccles Hotel

Lights, camera, Eccles Situated in the quaint village of Glengarriff overlooking Bantry Bay and Garnish Island on the Wild Atlantic Way, Eccles Hotel(...)

Louise Allen is spreading the word about what’s happening in craft here in Ireland.

Go back in time through thousands of years, or travel thousands of miles, and you’ll find a common thread linking people together. We all make things,(...)

Patrick Pye at the RHA annual exhibition in 2007. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“One of the great individualists,” is how artist and Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) president, Mick O’Dea, describes Patrick Pye who died on Thursday. (...)

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