Krish and Lelia Naidoo at their home in Dalkey, Co Dublin, in February 1993. He had said: “If you stand on Grafton Street any Saturday, you can pick out at least 20 Miss Worlds. They’re just scared to enter.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Krish Naidoo, former promoter of the Miss Ireland contest, has died. South-African born, Mr Naidoo ran the beauty contest for 30 years and was an int(...)

I sent a text back to Ireland saying “Nailed it” with a sense of euphoria and achievement. I had just attended my third interview in Canada in a week (...)

Pio Fitzgerald: “When I was standing on the flight deck [of a Boeing 747 from Shannon to New York] at the age of five I knew I wanted to be involved in airplanes. It captured my imagination.”

It’s not many of us that can claim to have decided on our career choice – and later fulfilled it – at the age of just five, but for Kerryman Pio Fi(...)

The Code of Hammurabi: among the first written legal systems in history. Hammurabi flourished in the 18th century before Christ, but the exact dates of his reign are uncertain. Photograph: Thinkstock

The Greek geometer Pythagoras, whose theorem is familiar to every student of mathematics, lived about 500 BC but the theorem was known to the Babyl(...)

Lyle Watters: “I did my driving test 16 days after my 17th birthday. But it was just a mode of transport. I liked cars but I never envisaged I would have a career in this industry.” Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

New car sales may be on the rise after five forlorn years of pain on the forecourts, but the motor industry still needs to face up to a simple truth: (...)

Questioning: Mary McAleese. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

On Tuesday the Glasgow-based ‘Herald’ newspaper published comments by former Irish president Mary McAleese on gay priests. She said that “a very large(...)