Oonagh Shanley-Toffolo: her father would see her only once again after she left home to go to the Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Photograph: Glenn copus/Evening Standard

Oonagh Shanley-Toffolo’s life reads like a high-velocity 86-year-long fairytale. She grew up on a Leitrim farm, worked as a missionary nun in the slum(...)

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In so many ways, I find this all a bit sad. I find it somehow sad that PSA group has decided that Citroen can no longer bear the burden of competing i(...)

Detail from ‘Spanish Lady at Bullfight’, a painting at the Adams of Blackrock auction of European and  Irish paintings, silver and furniture

Tuesday (May 19th) John Weldon Auctioneers, Cows Lane, Temple Bar. Coins. A “Russia, Peter the Great gold 2- Roubles coin dated 1721” €5,000 (€3,000-(...)

UNDATED -- BC-TRAVEL-TIMES-PARIS-LEFT-BANK-ART-NYTSF -- Saturday Evening: At the Eiffel Tower, experience lÕheure bleue, that magical twilight when the whole city is suffused in an ethereal light. Two elevators will whoosh you to the top (or, if youÕre feeling dauntless, tackle the 1,665 steps. Or cross the river and, within sight of the tower, join the ballroom dancers at the Trocadero. (CREDIT: Chris Carmichael for The New York Times) 5:43

While the Right Bank of Paris has seen internationalism and the irrepressible rise of “bobos”, the Left Bank has been able to preserve the soul of (...)

This gold 15th-century Edward III ‘Noble’ coin , estimated at €2,000-€4,000, is for sale at Weldon Auctioneers in Temple Bar, Dublin

Tuesday, May 19th John Weldon Auctioneers, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin, from 2pm. Collectible coins include a gold 15th-century Edward III ‘Noble’ (...)

Elizabeth Taylor shows off the rock given to her by Richard Burton. Photograph: Express Newspapers/Hulton Archive/Getty

I can't decide whether or not marriage is a prudent choice. The majority of marriages I’ve witnessed have failed, often in dramatic fashion, leavin(...)

A woman displays a 100.20-carat diamond ring at a pre-auction viewing at Sotheby’s. The diamond sold for $22.1 million in New York yesterday. 0:42

An eye-popping, 100-carat diamond, the highlight of a magnificent jewels sale in New York on Tuesday, sold for $22.1 million, Sotheby’s auction house (...)

Optica, a boutique eyewear business run by husband and wife team Donal and Deirdre McNally

Dawson Street, one of Dublin’s most beautiful thoroughfares, is currently blighted by Luas works but savvy shoppers will have noticed a subtle chan(...)

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong’s financial central district last October. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

On the surface it’s as if the pro-democracy protests of late 2014 never happened in Hong Kong. People rush around, consuming like crazy, with job ads(...)

 While sales in the Asia-Pacific region and at the group’s watch brands declined in the quarter, Europe benefited from a return of tourist shoppers and the Americas still reported growth. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Cartier owner Richemont said weak luxury watch demand in Hong Kong and Macau halted sales growth in the final quarter of 2014, echoing comments by lux(...)