Louis Zamperini, pictured here in 2011, has dies at the age of 97 in Los Angeles. The former Olympian and prisoner of war was the subject of the best-selling book Unbroken.   Photograph: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner whose remarkable story of survival as a prisoner of war in the second World War gained new attention in 2010 with(...)

Bishopstown, Co Cork: €300,000 James G Coughlan & Associates

James G Coughlan & Associates is seeking €300,000 for this four-bed bungalow on about three-quarters of an acre on Bandon Road, Bishopstown, Co(...)

Kevin O’Malley, a second-generation Irish American, is to be the next US ambassador to Ireland.

The White House has announced that it has nominated Missouri lawyer Kevin O’Malley as the next US ambassador to Ireland. The move brings to an end the(...)

Former US ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Mr Rooney stood down in late 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke

The United States has been without an ambassador in Ireland for 15 months now, the longest period the country has not had a top diplomat in Dub(...)

John Dingell with his wife, Deborah. “I find serving in the House to be obnoxious,” he told his local newspaper. “It’s become very hard because of the acrimony and bitterness, both in Congress and in the streets.” Photograph: Reuters/Rebecca Cook

John Dingell, the 87-year- old US politician, joked on Monday that at his age he doesn’t buy green bananas – he’s unsure whether he will be aro(...)

During the depression US president Roosevelt said of Temple it was a fine thing that “an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles”.

Shirley Temple, who has died aged 85, found fame as a child actor in the 1930s when she appeared in films as a bright-eyed, curly-topped, dimpl(...)

Shirley Temple and Claudette Colbert at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts dinner, in 1935.

Shirley Temple Black, the iconic child star whose 1930s screen performances brightened up America in the darkest days of the G(...)

The Livadia Palace in Yalta, the summer home of the last Russian tsar and where the allied leaders met  in  1945 to reshape a shattered Europe. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

It must have been cold then too, when allied leaders met here in February 1945 to reshape a shattered Europe. At the Livadia Palace in Yalta, snow is (...)

Randall Truman got his 15 minutes of fame in early 1980. A long-term resident on Mount St. Helens in Washington State, Truman (83) scoffed when author(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, with former US ambassador Dan Rooney at a reception for members of the diplomatic corps at Áras an Uachtaráin last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The only time there was a longer delay in the appointment of a new US ambassador to Ireland was in 1935, and then the official title of the position w(...)