Glove-maker Paula Rowan: offered a myriad of ways in which people could back her but did not reach her funding goal on Kickstarter

It’s a phenomenon. Since its launch in 2009, some $1 billion has been pledged to projects ranging from the ridiculous, such as a cat calendar project (...)

Joan Bergin: “We are not dealing with a celebrity on the red carpet, but a hard-working woman, who is very intelligent and politically aware and the wife of the President.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish fashion will be in the spotlight next week when Sabina Higgins accompanies her husband President Michael D Higgins on the first official (...)

Mantle notes

The mantelpiece is the place to place party invites, position Christmas cards from friends old and new, and leave a nip of whiskey for Santa and so(...)