Sir Alfred and Lady Beit, left with W F Richardson from Blessington, his daughter Eithne Lewis, and granddaughter, Ms Lewis, viewing a Reubens painting during a connoisseur’s evening open to the public at Russborough House in 1983. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Russborough House has decided not to sell an important Rubens oil painting for which it obtained an export licence earlier this year. The painting, ti(...)

Russborough House is sending two Rubens paintings to Christie’s for auction while it is not known where the third is located. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Russborough House has obtained an export licence for another Rubens painting, in addition to the two Rubens it has included in a group of nine pictur(...)

Averil Power left Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

So what has Old Moore’s Almanac got for us this month? Under his predictions for Ireland for May, he had this:   ‘Female Irish politic(...)

Family: Jake O’Kane and his mother, Linda. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 11:01

Linda O’Kane never knows when her son, Jake, will hit her next. I spent four days last week with Jake, who is 14, and Linda. There had been no viol(...)

The Blue Lagoon: ‘There can be no more surreal way to arrive in a country than to almost immediately immerse yourself in opaque turquoise waters surrounded by moss-covered lava fields.’ Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Iceland feels much, much farther away from Ireland than the two hours and 20 minutes it will be from June 2nd, when the Icelandic low-cost airline (...)

Jilted: Jane Fonda with Lily Tomlin, her Grace and Frankie costar

You never know what’s going to happen in a newspaper office. One minute I have my head stuck in a computer, figuring out a schedule for the next fortn(...)

Take Me Home is a well-stocked wool shop run by husband and wife Aine and Sean Carey

When you say “Dundrum” these days, most people associate it with a large self-contained destination shopping centre. But Dundrum was a proper s(...)

Old Moore’s predictions about the Kardashians and Kanye didn’t come to pass, but Kim Kardashian’s stepfather, Bruce Jenner (above), announced he was transgender

‘Kim and Kanye will announce news of another baby. But Kanye West’s mental health will decline. He will be ill for several years. Kim will divorce (...)

Emma and Conor Crumlish: “Our parents didn’t tell us who was oldest until we were 10.” Photograph: Eric Luke

This article is part of The Irish Times Generations project. Since April 2014, people ranging in age from 12 to 102 have shared their views on Iris(...)

Claire Cullen: “I discovered feminism when I was 14, but maybe social justice is what I really mean.” Photograph: Eric Luke

This article is part of The Irish Times Generations project. Since April 2014, people ranging in age from 12 to 102 have shared their views on Iris(...)