Ros Drinkwater

Ros Drinkwater

Swanzy price much more than hype

Swanzy price much more than hype

“When a man marries his mistress, he creates a vacancy.” The principle behind James Goldsmith's famous bon mot can be applied to the art market.

Transcending skill and craft

Transcending skill and craft

Very rarely do you come across a work strong enough to shake the prejudice of a lifetime.

Get growing glorious garlic from Gilroy

Get growing glorious garlic from Gilroy

Where would the cooks of the world be without garlic? An essential ingredient of Mediterranean food, it crops up in cuisines from Indian to Cajun.

Fine arts demand outstrips supply

Fine arts demand outstrips supply

Alarm bells rang earlier in the year with news of the closure of the Frederick Gallery in South Frederick Street, and of the decision of Hamilton Osborne King to shut down its fine-art department.

Now's the time to spring into action

Now's the time to spring into action

For a new garden that's still growing into its looks, the easiest route to a spectacular spring is to spend a day, right now, planting bulbs.

Strong Irish art at de Vere's sale

Strong Irish art at de Vere's sale

On September 27, de Vere's will host a sale that underlines the strength and diversity of 20th and 21st century Irish art.

Revolutionary offer of a loving cup

Revolutionary offer of a loving cup

In what promises to be two weeks of heady auction activity, Morgan O'Driscoll sets the agenda tomorrow with an embossed gilt silver loving cup whose provenance elevates it beyond mere aesthetic appeal.

Heywood's garden of earthly delights

Heywood's garden of earthly delights

Heywood is one of four gardens in Ireland created by the legendary partnership of Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.

Hughes portrait by Plath could raise €29,000

Hughes portrait by Plath could raise €29,000

The marriage of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath was scarcely made in heaven, and it ended with her suicide in 1963.

Bank's art collection pays off

Bank's art collection pays off

I had gravitated towards The Quare Bird, John Behan's endearing sculpture of a demented hen in the middle of the Crawford's Lower Gallery.

Enter the labyrinth in Mountshannon

Enter the labyrinth in Mountshannon

At the end of a summer of visiting gardens, the palate can be a little jaded.

Luxury log home in fisherman's heaven

Luxury log home in fisherman's heaven

Meegan Property of Carrickmacross is suggesting offers in excess of €180,000 for Annaghierin Lodge, the first of a small development of 17 state-of-the-art log cabins to come on-stream at the heart of Co Cavan's fishing country.

August inspiration

August inspiration

A gap year is something to look forward to, but dedicated gardeners dread the gap month of August.

Bring life to a garden with white

Bring life to a garden with white

A Mediterranean slant on that old favourite, the white garden, is one worth considering if you deyour gardening under grey Irish skies.

Pocket-sized garden beauties

Pocket-sized garden beauties

One of the biggest challenges for the garden designer is what to do in a pocket-handkerchief space.