In 2000, Kathleen Snavely donated $1 million to Syracuse University’s school of management in memory of her first husband. Photograph: Syracuse University archives

Kathleen Snavely February 16th, 1902 - July 6th, 2015 113 years, 140 days Kathleen Snavely (née Hayes) was born in Feakle, Co Clare. Her father was (...)

Landmark: The CN Tower in Toronto

Three of us fly into Toronto mid September and fly out of Boston mid October. Can you advise us on the best way to travel from Toronto (after spend(...)

Kathleen Snavely, the oldest living Irish person who died in New York state on Monday at the age of 113. Her grandniece attributed Ms Snavely’s long life to hard work, love, family and the odd Manhattan cocktail. Photograph: Syracuse University Archives.

The grandniece of Kathleen Snavely, the oldest living Irish person who died in New York state on Monday at the age of 113, attributed her long life to(...)

A note stuck to a pipe where two convicted murderers used power tools to cut through steel pipes during their escape from the  Clinton Correctional Facility. Photograph: Getty  1:03

The plot was more Shawshank Redemption than CSI: two hardened inmates using power tools, handmade decoys and their hands to chisel and crawl their way(...)

Cruises with an educational theme offer cultural, cookery and creative courses on board

Cruise for culture In the world of educational travel, what name could be more august than Smithsonian? The US institution founded for the “inc(...)

Working in an Irish pub and restarting the local GAA club has helped Sean Rooney feel connected to Ireland in Syracuse in the US.

I left Ireland for America in January 2006 before the recession hit. Instead of going down under like everyone else I knew going abroad, I went west t(...)

Michael and Mae Lambert were married for more than six decades. Photograph: Edward Lambert

Ireland’s oldest man, Michael Lambert from Co Roscommon, has died aged 107.Lambert, who was born on October 5th, 1907, in Clooneygrasson, Castlerea, (...)

Tee-up in Taormina, Sicily
  • Travel
  • January 26, 2015, 07:00

The Dom spread his hands and gave me the most Sicilian of shrugs. He then proceeded to make me several offers I found hard to refuse. First, he(...)

Chef Catherine Fulvio   in Sicily. Photograph: Rory Cobbe
Sicily on a plate
  • Europe
  • April 12, 2014, 01:00

Sicily, said Goethe, is “the pearl of the Mediterranean” . It consumes visitors with its beauty, history, warmth of its people and vibrancy of its (...)

Italy’s culture minister Dario Franceschini with two recovered paintings, by Paul Gauguin (work on left) and Pierre Bonnard, at a news conference in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Giovanni Nicolo has every reason to believe that 40 years ago he landed the bargain of a lifetime at a lost property auction in Turin’s Porta N(...)