On Francis Brennan’s tour, anyone not found laughing is an automatic pariah

One of the images used to promote Francis Brennan’s Grand Tour of Vietnam (RTÉ One, Sunday, 8.30pm) is a choppy, photoshopped likeness of the flamboya(...)

Out to grass: Canadian lawn mower Theunis Wessels (above) proves a a tough interviewee for Ray D’Arcy.

There’s an early episode of The Simpsons in which the local radio station’s gormless jocks, Marty and Bill, are threatened with replacement by the DJ (...)

 Minister for Tourism Shane Ross has visited Co Kerry. Photograph: Alan Betson

Publicans in Kerry are seeking the introduction of a new tax incentive to provide overnight accommodation to customers. A delegation of Kerry vintner(...)

Guerrilla ties to hit a number of moving targets

The most subversive streak within John Ridley’s Guerrilla (Sky Atlantic, Thursday, 9pm) a transatlantic co-production between Sky and Showtime, is to (...)

Hoteliers Francis and John Brennan with James and Joanna Fennell of   Burtown House   near Athy in County Kildare. Photograph: RTE

Each week on At Your Service (RTÉ One, Sunday, 8.30pm) – the business makeover show that  has modestly become a fixture of RTÉ since 2008 – Franc(...)

Blow off the cobwebs (and any tension between you) at Achill Walks Festival from March 31st to April 2nd in Co Mayo

Every day is Mother’s Day to the woman who gave you life, you ingrate. And yes, you are too old to get away with a handmade card, so how about flexing(...)

Ventura Design’s new showroom in Deansgrange  features an entire wall of upholstered headboards

Headboard heaven Interior designer Arlene McIntyre, of Ventura Design, has opened new showrooms in Deansgrange, Dublin, where different room sets sh(...)

Guests at the Dean Hotel in Dublin often want to buy the beds and furniture

March is Bed Month and, more than ever, the importance of a good night’s sleep is being stressed by doctors and health professionals. We could learn (...)

Francis Brennan, The Park Hotel, Kenmare: ‘There are no losers in this deal.’ File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Glen Dimplex boss Fergal Naughton has acquired a “substantial minority holding” in Kenmare’s Park Hotel. Hotelier Francis Brennan, who had owned the (...)

A bedroom at Ballyfin Demesne, voted number one hotel in the world, where staff devote an hour to cleaning  each room

Last week three Irish hotels were voted among the top 10 best hotels in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois (...)

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