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Best of the Irish individually is Offaly’s Darragh Kenny. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland goes into Thursday’s second competition in the European show jumping championships in Rotterdam lying sixth (10.36 faults) of the 15 competing(...)

Smell of success: Olivier Polge in the laboratory at Chanel

Fragrance creation is a mystery to most of us, a territory where chemistry meets aesthetics, where science and art intersect to create something power(...)

 Rihanna: the singer was crowned the pope of fashion on social media after last year’s Met Gala. Photograph: Damon Winter/New York Times

Is Rihanna the Coco Chanel of the 21st century? LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the parent company of Dior, Givenchy and Fendi, apparently thinks so(...)

Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘I’m a real person who wants to eat delicious stuff’. Photograph: Ryan Pfluger/The New York Times

Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at Marcus, the Michelin-starred restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel, London, just as the lunch service is getting started. Perfec(...)

David McCourt (left) lives in the Merrion Hotel where Peter McCann is manager

When did you last cry? David: When I got the bill from The Merrion. Peter: When he paid it. David: Coco Chanel lived at The Ritz for 37 years. Bob (...)

Monica de Wichfeld - a woman who refused to conform

If Monica de Wichfeld’s life was a movie, it might win one Oscar for costume design, and another for best actress. An aristocratic mainstay of the Eu(...)

At home with Sara Cosgrove on Northumberland Avenue, Dún Laoghaire in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times
At home with the dark side

Sara Cosgrove’s name usually crops up in features on the Irish in London, with inspiring tales of Ireland’s home-grown talent, making their mark acros(...)

Michel Déon: the French writer and academician at his home in Co Galway in 2000. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

For nearly 14 months after he died, in Galway, on December 28th, 2016, at the age of 97, the ashes of the French writer and academician Michel Déon we(...)

A police car drives past the Ritz hotel in Paris. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

Police in Paris have recovered some jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in a multimillion-euro robbery but are still searching for two thieves and the r(...)

The Sunbed Association, a  body representing sunbed salons in the UK and Ireland,  took issue with the connection made between sunbeds and cancer, and challenged Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to produce  evidence of it.  File photograph: Getty Images

You almost have to admire the ballsiness of the Sunbed Association. They came out swinging this week after a Budget Day announcement of a VAT increase(...)

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