Oscar winner: Wilde is ranked World’s No 1 Irishman. Photograph: Eric Luke

Who is the most famous Irish person who has ever lived? Or the most famous Irish person alive? We’ll come to an answer in a few paragraphs, bec(...)

Bitcoin may turn out to be a good investment in the same way that anything that is rare can be considered valuable. photograph: jim urquhart/reuters

It seems you can’t open a newspaper or read a website these days without hearing about the super-yet-mysterious virtual currency known as bitcoin.Ever(...)

Yes, she said, yes: the New Orleans Rose,  Molly Molloy Gambel, accepts Kyle Catlett’s marriage proposal live on television during  ‘The Rose of Tralee’ on Monday night.  Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Stop. It’s a word thought of less and less as we sit, phone in hand, status update worked out, tweet ready to go, photo about to be uploaded. The past(...)

Local reports say a gunman walked into the luxury Carlton hotel in broad daylight and targeted a specialist diamond stand in the exhibition. Photograph: Francois Durand/Getty Images

Jewels worth an estimated €40 million have been stolen from an exhibition in the French resort of Cannes, according to reports. A gunman walked(...)

The Bling Ring

If we were minded to be cynical, we might suggest that pointing out the vapidity of contemporary celebrity culture is akin to discussing the tallness (...)

As a child, growing up in her father’s home in the Bay Area, Sofia coppola would have met many of the era’s great movie stars.

You have to wonder how Sofia Coppola made herself heard at the family dinner table. Francis Ford Coppola, her father, has never come across as a squas(...)

Workers sets up a giant 66th Cannes Film Festival official poster at the front of the Palais des Festivals, showing Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward kissing on the set of  A New Kind of Love  in 1963. The Cannes Film Festival starts today. Photograph: Lionel Cironneau/AP

Cast a quick glance about Cannes tonight and you could be forgiven for deducing that Hollywood bosses the world’s greatest film festival. For t(...)