Oonagh Shanley-Toffolo: her father would see her only once again after she left home to go to the Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Photograph: Glenn copus/Evening Standard

Oonagh Shanley-Toffolo’s life reads like a high-velocity 86-year-long fairytale. She grew up on a Leitrim farm, worked as a missionary nun in the slum(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has appointed a panel to help assess the status of the IRA and other paramilitaries as talks continue at Storm(...)

Lord Alex Carlile, Rosalie Flanagan and Stephen Shaw, who have been appointed to the new paramilitary review panel.

Alex Carlile A Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, Lord Carlile is a practising barrister who successfully defended Princess Diana’s b(...)

Irish ballerina Therese Schweppe, who runs a ballet school in London called Regal Ballet, with some of her pupils at St Christina’s School in St John’s Wood, North London.  Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

The entrance hall to St Christina’s Catholic primary school in St John’s Wood in North London is bustling shortly after 3pm as parents come to collect(...)

Enjoy a tour of the Aviva Stadium.

There may be hardly a minute to spare as we hurtle towards December 25th but, as soon as the turkey and ham are digested, it will be a different st(...)

David Collins: his friendship with Madonna  is recalled in two photographic prints, dated 2006, by Steven Klein titled Madonna Rides Again. Photograph: Luke White/The Interior Archive
All in good taste

David Collins wasn’t the first – and won’t be the last – star of the Irish Diaspora celebrated overseas and virtually ignored at home. The Dublin-b(...)

Kevin McGee viewing ‘Efforts & Ideals; Prints from The First World War’ at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Parnell Square, Dublin as part of Dublin Festival of History, 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

The late princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer is to appear at the Dublin Festival of History tomorrow night. Earl Spencer has written a book abou(...)

Quantified self consultant and “mindful cyborg” Chris Dancy  believes if we “make the data work for us” we can become better people

Once upon a time there was an evil overlord known as the internet. The internet commanded an army of iPhones that enslaved humanity by unleashing an i(...)

‘The Tuam Home was, according to the Ryan Report, established in 1925 by the local county council. The council, presumably moved by similar benevolent motives, invited in the Bon Secours Sisters to run it.’ Above, the site of a grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘Unwed mothers and their infants were an affront to morality. They were spurned and ostracised both by the public relief and charitable institutions.”(...)

Game of Thrones Series 4: only 9,000 Sky Atlantic viewers in the UK were sufficiently die-hard to watch it at 2am

The Hound orders some chicken. Dennis Taylor pots the black. Ellen DeGeneres organises a Hollywood selfie. These “events” have one thing in common:(...)