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(...)

 Ben Kane: the author of historical fiction last year walked Hadrian’s Wall to raise money for Combat Stress and Medecins Sans Frontieres  clad in full, authentic Roman dress. Photograph: NorthNewsAndPictures

Ben Kane, described by Wilbur Smith as “the rising star of historical fiction”, has written nine novels. The latest, the fourth in his Hannibal ser(...)

Kathleen Snavely has lived through two world wars, the Great Depression and 18 American presidents. Photograph: Syracuse University Archives

Kathleen Hayes Rollins Snavely is getting her hair done tomorrow for her birthday. This may not seem out of the ordinary; most people like to loo(...)

In A Word:

The word epiphany is derived from the ancient Greek epi and phano, the latter being the verb “to show”. It means “to show forth” or, in translation, “(...)