Abducted by the IRA: Tiede Herrema with his wife, Elisabeth. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The kidnappers’ homework was terrible. They mistook their prisoner for a German. After bundling him into the car they asked him for the name of the Ge(...)

Freed: Tiede Herrema, accompanied by his wife, Elisabeth, in November 1975, shows a bullet that one of his kidnappers gave him. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

On October 3rd, 1975, Dr Tiede Herrema was driving from his home in Castletroy, Co Limerick, to an early-morning meeting at the Ferenka steel plant at(...)

The Monk from the Beit Collection, which was granted an export licence and shipped to London, but apparently rejected by Christie’s auctioneers.

Doubts have been expressed about the authenticity of one of the three paintings by Rubens from the Alfred Beit Collection at Russborough House. In Ma(...)

 ‘Portrait of a bearded man’ by Rubens  - part of Beit collection, for auction at Christie’s London in July

The sale of Old Master paintings from Russborough House in Co Wicklow is “an absolute necessity” if the stately home is to remain open to the publi(...)

Detail from Sir Peter Paul Rubens’s  Portrait of a Bearded Man, which is estimated at £2-3£ million in the auction.

“Old master” paintings worth millions of euro from the Beit Collection at Russborough House, Co Wicklow, are to be sold by auction at Christie’s in Lo(...)

A rare coral-ground famille-verte bowl from the  Yongzheng period (1723-1735), one of the pieces from  Russborough House due to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s on November 6th.

Hidden treasures from Russborough House in Co Wicklow – one of Ireland’s grandest “stately homes” and a popular visitor attraction – are to be sold at(...)