People comfort each other outside the residence of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. Photograph: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

‘I just wasn’t ready for a world without Mandela, ” a tearful, white Afrikaans woman said to me a few days ago. The year 2013 will be remembered by th(...)

Ashtown Lodge in Castleknock  on a 25-acre estate

Ashtown Lodge, a 25-acre Castleknock estate and home of the former owners of Merlin Motors, has been sold for a sum of about €5.5 million. The propert(...)

“Nicer than the Terminator”: Nelson Mandela with Melanie Verwoerd (right) and Mary Davis in Dublin for the Special Olympics. Photograph courtesy of Robbie Fry
Mandela, Ireland and me
  • People
  • December 7, 2013, 01:00

There is an incredible depth of sadness in South Africa. Over the past three months South Africans have been preparing themselves for the inevitable. (...)

Exceptional: Malala Yousafzai in Dublin this week. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘OMG!” one teenager shrieks. “She is amaaazing! I want to be like her!” “She is just gorgeous isn’t she?” says her young red-haired friend. “I wanted (...)

In 2000, this seven-bed Killiney mansion on Military Road commanded a rent of £16,000 a month after its 890sq m (9,600sq ft) expanse had been refurbished at a cost of £1 million

The autumn brings with it the launch of some heavyweight houses to the Dublin property market, and Ashurst certainly packs a punch. The restored Victo(...)