Ros Drinkwater

Ros Drinkwater

Music for the next generation

Music for the next generation

What to do with the big house in Ireland? It's a challenge to adapt a property built for the gracious lifestyle of a bygone age to the needs of modern times.

Cold could bring Scandinavian spring

Cold could bring Scandinavian spring

This year’s odd weather conditions have made mincemeat of many a planting plan.

Northern Irish art at de Veres

Northern Irish art at de Veres

Northern Irish artists are well represented at de Veres on April 4, with works by Daniel O’Neill, Maurice Canning-Wilks, Brian Ballard, Colin Middleton and Hector McDonnell.

Antiques fair with global flavour

Antiques fair with global flavour

Impeccable provenance is the attraction of a number of pieces on offer at the 7th International Antiques and Contemporary Art Fair at the RDS in Dublin next weekend.

Follow Miss Jekyll into the garden

Follow Miss Jekyll into the garden

Buying a newly built home presents a gardener with a special challenge.

Restoring Victorian treasures

Restoring Victorian treasures

The phrase Irish Georgian trips easily off the tongue, but not so Irish Victorian.

Leonard’s works at Whyte’s

Leonard’s works at Whyte’s

Whyte’s sale this week gets underway with the McClelland Collection of works by the late Patrick Leonard.

Kingerlee finally gets deserved recognition

Kingerlee finally gets deserved recognition

Anyone with an interest in Irish art will be familiar with the work of John Kingerlee - the powerful abstracts, the compelling grids - and a new book, Kingerlee by Jonathan Benington, reveals the breadth of work accomplished over four decades.

Almost time to spring into action

Almost time to spring into action

Two large rabbits have sat motionless all week in the Wellfield, watched with malevolent intent by the four cats.

It’s time to join the fan club

It’s time to join the fan club

In the annals of feminine dress there have been few accessories to rival the fan. Eve probably started it all with a palm leaf, Cleopatra opted for oversize and Lady Windermere’s led to her downfall.

Another side of a singular man

Another side of a singular man

The sign on the gates reads: ‘‘Bulls at large - wolf hounds - high voltage electric fencing’’, and every window of the 1740 mansion is shuttered.

Lissadell’s glory rediscovered

Lissadell’s glory rediscovered

Few enjoy the luck of buying a house only to find that a second house has lain undetected for decades deep in the undergrowth of the garden.

Sowing the seeds of new Lissadell

Sowing the seeds of new Lissadell

On a bright January morning I’m taking tea with two Lissadell gardeners: Klaus Laitenberger, who is masterminding Lissadell’s 21st-century restoration, and long-retired Paddy Mitchell, who worked at Lissadell from 1933 to 1939.

Unique chance to buy Russian art

Unique chance to buy Russian art

“Irish collectors must look at and try to understand the art of other countries if they are to develop their own eye and create a depth of knowledge, which can then be drawn upon later when evaluating their own nation’s art, as regards quality, impor

Depp to star as The Ginger Man

Depp to star as The Ginger Man

Johnny Depp is reputedly to play the hero in the first ever film version of JP Donleavy's iconic novel The Ginger Man.