Irish Volunteers during a training drill. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives

February 8th, 1916 “The Irish [Sinn Féin] volunteers were active on Saturday night in Dublin,” The Irish Times reports. “About 11 o’clock a large n(...)

Buster Keaton: his years of being flung into the scenery, or even sometimes the orchestra pit, equipped him to perform all his own stunts

The great comedian Buster Keaton was not an Irish-American (or not much of one, anyway) contrary to what many people think. But he did start his caree(...)

Detail from the poster  for the Charlie Chaplin film ‘A Dog’s Life’ sold for £37,500

Rare Charlies Chaplin film posters were among the highlights in an auction at Bonhams in London last week entitled ‘Richard Attenborough: A Life Both (...)

150 devotees kitted themselves out as Charlie Chaplin

Who’s a proper Charlie then? Well, 150 enthusiasts who kitted themselves out as Charlie Chaplin to try and break the world record for the greatest num(...)

In France, Dior, a symbol of French fashion internationally, is seen almost as a cultural monument, like the Louvre, whose courtyard yesterday provide(...)

The funeral of former Kerry South TD Jackie Healy-Rae is led by Jackie’s pony ‘Peig’ past his pub in Kilgarvan village. Photograph: Eamonn Keogh/MacMonagle

He was buried wearing the cap. It could not have been any other way. Charlie Chaplin had his bowler. John Wayne had his Stetson. And Jackie Healy-Rae (...)

Bernard McDonnell as Hugo the Bashful in Silent Moves

You run into trouble as soon as you start labelling art: women’s art, queer art, outsider art, disability art, deaf art . . . The problem is th(...)

You’re hired:  say no to skinny jeans, flares and bootcut trousers

Q I’m just about to start my first proper job out of college and I need to buy some trousers for the office. It’s not a corporate job, and the dres(...)

Following up on last year’s triumphant revival of silent gem The Epic of Everest, the British Film Institute has set out to recreate the experience of(...)

Mary Soames with her mother and father in 1963

Mary Soames, who has died aged 91, was the last surviving child of Britain’s wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill. She spent an idyllic childhood(...)