Jessie Collins

Jessie Collins

Their house is your house

Their house is your house

Killruddery, the Earl of Meath’s seat at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains, is 400 years old this year. As well as having one of the best baroque gardens in the country, it’s now a thriving tourist destination, farm and business. It has also been home to 17 generations of the Brabazon family. Jessie Collins talks to father Jack and son Anthony about mixed blessings, futureproofing, and sharing your home with 75,000 strangers

400 years and growing in Bray stately home  Family’s big plans for Killruddery estate

400 years and growing in Bray stately home Family’s big plans for Killruddery estate

The Brabazon family is marking 400 years in residence at the Killruddery estate in Bray, Co Wickl...

Lolly Strahan: The accidental caterer

Lolly Strahan: The accidental caterer

From a single pitch in Dublin’s George’s Street Arcade to eight outlets and counting, Lolly Strahan of Lolly & Cooks has nourished a food brand from its bare bones. She tells Jessie Collins why she still feels like an unwitting entrepreneur

Ready for their close-up: Meet the Insta-grans

Ready for their close-up: Meet the Insta-grans

The biggest growth group on Instagram are the over-65s, who are flocking to the platform for one unifying reason: ‘to repudiate invisibility’

Hidden Spain

Hidden Spain

Think you know everything there is to know about Europe’s largest southern country? Think again. Jessie Collins finds ten intoxicating treasures ready to be discovered in Spain

Kitchen sink Drama

Kitchen sink Drama

It’s not about flowers, perfume, romantic weekends or even just putting out the bins. Domestic bliss is within reach – if only men would do the dishes

The trouble with homework

The trouble with homework

It’s the bane of all schoolchildren’s lives. So what’s the alternative? Jessie Collins talks to leading education experts on how we fix the problem of homework

Eat, drink and be merry

Eat, drink and be merry

Summer means festivals, and there’s no shortage of foodie events to keep you sated. Jessie Collins lines up some of the best gastronomic happenings from coast to coast

No place like home: Living more sustainably

No place like home: Living more sustainably

On World Earth Day, we partner with UCD’s Earth Institute to look at the many practical ways we can live more sustainably - and perhaps even save the world

Vanishing vacations

Vanishing vacations

The latest trend in travel is driven not just by the desire for new experiences and exotic memories, but also by the more immediate threat that many far-flung places are under

Famous and fading

Famous and fading

Taj Mahal The rapid increase in air pollution in the area of Agra where the Taj Mahal is located ...

Not just a pretty face

Not just a pretty face

The world’s first face gym is about to open in New York. Yes, you read that right. Jessie Collins talks to its founder and checks out the methodology behind what could be the unlikeliest fitness craze yet

The Line of Beauty: Dublin's Beautiful South

The Line of Beauty: Dublin's Beautiful South

One of Dublin’s newest boutiques, Beautiful South, had a queue outside its door before it even opened. Owner Grainne Wynne tells Jessie Collins about creating something different

Serious play: Playtime for adults

Serious play: Playtime for adults

The benefits of play have long been extolled for kids, but it’s adult playtime that is increasingly being seen as essential to our wellbeing, writes Jessie Collins

All the right mauves

All the right mauves

Treat yourself to a purple patch or ten when decorating your home this spring