Jim Clerkin attends DuJour Magazine and NYY Steak celebrating Chrissy Teigen with FENDI timepieces and Moet Ice on  in New York City. Photograph:  Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for DuJour

If you are thinking about splashing out on a sparkling surprise, Jim Clerkin is the ideal man to ask for advice.Northern Ireland-born Clerkin knows a (...)

One in 20 new Irish cars sold since 1999 has been a Ford Focus.

If you wanted to choose a new car launch that actually makes more of a difference to more of the people, then it’s this one. Aston Martins and Ferrari(...)

Paul Haggis is a tricksy sort of writer-director. Watching In the Valley of Elah, in which Tommy Lee Jones investigates the death of his Iraq veter(...)

Is there an antonym for “seamless”? What word does a tailor use when three pieces of cloth come together in a particularly ugly knotted mess? Anywa(...)

Maureen O’Hara speaks after accepting an her Oscar statuette from actors Clint Eastwood  and Liam Neeson at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards in Los Angeles yesterday. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/ Reuters

Irish actress Maureen O’Hara lastnight received an honorary Academy Award for her contribution to Hollywood. The 94-year-old, who is a prolific(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

I’ve missed my son since he went to Manchester. The smell of rolled tobacco. The way his eyes light up every time a cash-in-transit van drives by. Eve(...)

There was a certain appropriateness to the Irish career of Gabrielle Reidy, the noted stage, screen and television actor, who has died aged 54 at her (...)

Liam Neeson:  tough, uncompromising, flawed  . . . you know the deal

The trailer for the latest Liam Neeson thriller is deceptive in unexpected fashion. We are used to such material concealing the fact that there is (...)

Poet Paul Muldoon: “Even at his most vituperative there was a vitality”

There was a strong, though mixed, reaction yesterday to the news of Ian Paisley’s death from the arts community.“Even at his most vituperative there w(...)

Stellan Skarsgård is Nils, a snowplough driver who goes on a vengeful rampage after his son is murdered. Moving stealthily and violently through the h(...)