epa04400631 (FILE) A file pictrue dated 03 March 2006 shows Sir Donald Sinden attending a memorial service in honour of late comedian Ronnie Barker at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain. According to media reports on 14 September Sir Donald Sinden died aged 90 at his home.  EPA/Lindsey Parnaby *** Local Caption *** 00658659

“To hear him in full spate is not unlike being shot between the eyes by the world’s largest plum,” said the journalist John Preston of Donald Sinden, (...)

Philomena Lee has said she hopes that telling her story of how she was forced to give up her son for adoption at a mother and baby home in the 1950s will help other women of her generation in a similar situation to tell their stories and trace their children. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Philomena Lee has said she hopes that telling her story of how she was forced to give up her son for adoption at a mother and baby home in the 1950s w(...)

Philomena Lee: her search for her adopted son prompted the film. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

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President Michael D Higgins: accompanies by group of key officials and dignatories. Photograph: Alan Betson

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 President Michael D  Higgins and his wife Sabina with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip before the banquet  at Windsor Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson.

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Michael Fassbender, Actor in a Supporting Role winner for 12 Years A Slave, at the 11th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

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Actor Brendan Gleeson signs autographs at the ‘Calvary’ premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this month. Photograph: Getty

John Butler’s comedy The Stag and John Michael McDonagh’s state-of-the-nation piece Calvary have topped the charts in the nominations for the upcom(...)

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Pope Francis meets Philomena Lee and actor Steve Coogan  during a  general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican earlier this week. Photograph: Reuters

Sitting in the foyer of Rome’s Hotel Eden for an interview with NBC and Al Jazeera, Philomena Lee (80) looks for all the world like an ageing star of (...)