Gerry Charlton: made his name in the early 1960s in one of the most sensational trials in Irish legal history, that of Dr Paul Singer and his colleagues Desmond and Diana Shanahan of the Shanahan Stamp Auctioneering firm.

Gerard (Gerry) Charlton, who has died aged 81, was one of the most respected litigation solicitors in Ireland for more than 50 years. He made his n(...)

Brendan Behan with Jackie Gleason in Gleason’s dressing room in 1960. Photograph: Walter Albertin / Library of Congress

In 1960, shortly after the announcement that his play The Hostage was transferring to Broadway, Brendan Behan was having a drink in a Dublin pub with (...)

Maiden Hurdle, Clonmel by Peter Curling, €15,000-€25,000 at Whyte’s

This week’s auctions of post-war and contemporary art in New York saw vast sums spent by bidders at Christie’s and Sotheby’s for paintings by artists (...)

Ulick O Connor talks to Mannix Flynn at the Aosdána 
general assembly in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: David Sleator

The annual meeting of artists’ group Aosdána was staged under a European theme yesterday but a domestic matter – the State’s p(...)