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(...)

 Madge Fanning,  100 on May 28th May, holding a photograph of her with her siblings. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:19

Not being a history buff, Madge Fanning is unlikely to be able to tell you the details of the year she was born. The records show Charlie Chaplin mad(...)

Merrill Garbus has a request before the interview begins. “I’ve been speaking very slowly all morning so I can be heard and understood clearly, so is (...)

Shelbourne Hotel Holdings Ltd, 
the company 
which owns the famous Dublin hotel, had total debts of ¤289
million at the end of 2011. 

Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Kennedy Wilson Holdings, the Californian investment firm, has said it is close to taking control of the historic Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin and hinted(...)

Seasoned rockers Suede play the Belsonic festival in Belfast on Saturday night. Photograph: PA Wire

Belsonic festival: Belfast, Co AntrimWith performances by The Lumineers, Nine Inch Nails and Basement Jaxx having taken place already, the ongoing, le(...)

Catalan rampoline master Max Calaf Seve performing at the Spanish Parade for the Galway Arts Festival. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Saturday was one of the heatwave barnstormers we have come to expect from July 2013. Yesterday morning came up muggy and cloudy. But if there were fe(...)

Olwen Fouéré

In Sydney, Australia on June 16th, 2011, I agreed to perform a reading from James Joyce’s Ulysses for the Irish Consulate, “in honour of the day that (...)

Irish literature takes centre stage at next week’s auction of English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations at Sotheby’s in London. (...)

Skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong, with its modern natives and matching shops, came as a complete surprise to Carl Stearns Clancy, the first round-the-world biker, whose rout(...)

Nomadic Charitable Trust chairman Denis Rooney alongside the SS Nomadic in Belfast, where it has been opened to the public following a £9 million refurbishment. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Gerry MoriartyNorthern EditorThe Titanic is the ill-fated boat that just keeps giving to Belfast as another Titanic-themed visitor centre opened to th(...)