Portrait of Thomas MacDonagh by Mick O’Dea

Thomas MacDonagh is one of the most fascinating characters behind the Easter Rising. He was born in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, in 1878, the child of (...)

The Visit of Queen Victoria to Cork Harbour in 1849   by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson, estimated at  €25,000-€35,000

Results Thursday, February 11th: Christie’s, London. Post-war and contemporary art auction. Two Figures by Francis Bacon, £5.4 million (£5 mill(...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron: Pablo Bustinduy, head of foreign affairs at Podemos, said EU leaders should not  sacrifice workers’ benefits to help Mr Cameron dodge  ‘Brexit’. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Podemos, the anti-austerity party seeking to forge a coalition government in Spain, said European Union leaders shouldn’t sacrifice workers’ benefits (...)

Author Aidan Higgins: his novel Langrishe Go Down (1966), about four spinster sisters living in a decaying Big House at Celbridge, has been described as “a great modern Irish classic”.

The writer Aidan Higgins has died aged 88. A member of Aosdána, he had lived in Kinsale, Co Cork since 1986. Born in Celbridge, Co Kildare, in March(...)

 A north London suburb: the city’s  biggest homebuilder, Berkeley Group, saw profits increase to £242.3 million. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Berkeley Group, London’s biggest homebuilder, boosted its dividend programme by £500 million after its adjusted profit before tax rose. The dividend(...)

If Sophie has anything to do with it, pop’s next great leap forward will be bright, bold and brash. London producer Samuel Long’s work as (...)

A ‘poison’ or ‘relic’ ring with a hidden compartment

Results: Wednesday (November 11th) Bonhams, London. A copy of the so-called Wicked Bible – published in London in 1631 – containing the infamously (...)

Ryanair followed up this week’s news that it made €1 billion surplus in the first half of the year with strong passenger numbers for October. Its shares added 1.07 per cent to end the day at €14.66

European shares closed off their highs yesterday amid continued fallout from the Volkswagen emissions scandal and indications from Federal Reserve cha(...)

Yeonmi Park. Photograph: Beowulf Sheehan

The Langham Hotel, a swanky five-star place in central London. A former X Factor contestant walks by. A rich American tourist. A French fashion typ(...)

Roseau is the capital of the Caribbean island of Dominica – a nod to London producer and singer Kerry Leatham’s roots. Her debut album has(...)