DESPITE the dreadful impositions of the zeitgeist, the wretched panini has yet to usurp our national dish — the toasted special sandwich, the mid-day cousin of the breakfast roll — in the hearts of True Gaels.More
YOU would never think that in the space above the rather beautifully appointed Kilkenny Design Centre is a restaurant that has quite likely one of the longest floor plans in Ireland (it was, centuries ago, a series of grain stores for horses belonging to the Earl of Ormonde, which accounts for the length of the building).
OUR attitude to eating oysters can be pretty similar to the treaty some of us sign — metaphorically at least — when steering our children through religious rites of passage.More
The first thing that hits you on entering the Meeting House Restaurant – which opened very quietly before the end of last year – is the noise.More
THERE’S a tense scene in the 1992 version of The Last of the Mohicans where a waterfall becomes a central if not dominant character for a few decisive scenes. A young Daniel-Day Lewis — bristling like a landmine with charisma, so smouldering and indefatigable that he makes Sunday nights’ Lazarus Poldark look like a pasty also-ran in an under-12 Feis competition — plays the rescuing angel Hawkeye.
LOOKS can be deceiving, that’s for sure. We have walked past Eden Bar & Grill so many times by this stage we have lost count.More
THE entrance to a person’s home says a lot. It is often a scream from the inner Edvard Munch.More
The Square, Carlingford, Co Louth
KILLARNEY has more hotel beds that any town of comparable size in Ireland. It also has, according to www.Hotels.com , the most expensive.More
It’s a chilly St Patrick’s weekend in Kilkenny, and the medieval city is throbbing to the sound of uileann pipes, concertinas, tin whistles, bodhráns, and enough jigs’n’reels to whirl you to the end of time and back again.More
Timoleague, an ancient village overlooking the beautiful Argideen estuary, seems a challenged place on a still dark, early spring evening.More
One of the golden stretches for restaurants in Dublin is St Andrew’s St; minutes away from Grafton St, Stephen’s Green, and Temple Bar, it packs more really good restaurants into a very short length of cement than probably any other area of the city.More
T’S nearly time to go rooting in the attic to find the green wig and the St Patrick’s cape and crozier, the plastic shillelagh and, if you’re of a certain generation and of an optimistic/desperate disposition, the kiss-me-quick-I’m-Irish hat.
Some chefs have reputations they don’t deserve; others definitely so.More
THERE are moments, just passing ones, but moments of real promise, at this time of the year when the hard, cobalt blue of the cold winter sky is softened by strands of viridian light, an energising, germinating light that promises that spring is coming on the next train; that the circle is indeed unbroken.More
THERE’S a brilliant scene in Woody Allen’s 1980 movie Stardust Memories where he is sitting in a stationary train carriage, his companions doleful — harried refugees straight out of a Diane Arbus photoshoot.More
ONE CONSEQUENCE of the global economic kerfuffle was the increased clamour for culinary comfort, nostalgia for food that evoked the safe haven of childhood, when all was right with the world.More
WE FIRST catch a glimpse of the Seabank Bistro last summer — the sun is beaming down, we are driving by wishing we had a convertible; there are diners in summer clothes languishing by outdoor tables, dipping into the al fresco food and sipping on chilled white wine.More
THE people behind Zamora, one of several welcome new restaurants in Cork City, may have taken inspiration from Mary Howitt’s lines ...
AND YOUR starter for 10 is how many movie stars can you name from their photos on the walls of the gents’ toilets.
TIME was that when a broth of an Irishman — and the long, curious journey towards self-realisation has suggested I may be one — decided to visit a vegetarian restaurant it was like going to the zoo.More