Saoirse Ronan arrives for the British Independent Film Awards   in December. “In terms of acting talent, it’s almost ridiculous the extent to which Irish male and female actors punch above their weight internationally.” Photograph: Will Oliver

Before the Oscar nominations are revealed this week, it is impossible not to assume multiple nominations for the Irish. When that happens, you have to(...)

When an Irish businessman purchased a townhouse on Charles Street, which runs perpendicular to the Hudson River in New York’s West Village, the pro(...)

Writer Edna O’Brien, in Sligo for  a   celebratory Nobel dinner   for   Yeats2015,  to  mark     the  150th anniversary of  the poet’s  birth. Photograph: James Connolly

For her last significant birthday the writer Edna O’Brien generated headlines stating “still hot at 80”, which arguably made her the ideal person to(...)

Marks & Spencer:  while other retailers may struggle, shoppers have been clamouring for a 1970s-inspired beige suede skirt from its Limited Edition range. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In the fickle business of fashion it’s all about calling the right trends. But even getting the ranges right doesn’t always guarantee a boost to the b(...)

The Spotted Pig in New York’s West Village. The restaurant  has a strict no-bookings policy and has many celebrity fans such as Sarah Jessica Parker, U2 and Matt Damon

Some rock bands want to drink their dinner; others want to order breakfast at midnight; all want a place where they can hang out until late in mellow (...)

Sarah Jessica Parker recently said in a magazine interview that women today “are pretty unfriendly to one another”. Photograph: Andrew H Walker/Getty

What do women really want? It is a puzzle that has perplexed everyone from Mel Gibson to Freud, who called it the “greatest question that has never(...)

Left to right: Saskia dress (€130) at Bow & Pearl, Ranelagh; mint green dress (€230, was €289), at Fran & Jane; multicoloured print dress (€1,450), by Peter Pilotto at Brown Thomas

In many ways, it seems as if a time before Sex and the City has never existed. References to the hit HBO series pepper conversations with men and wome(...)