Taoiseach Charles Haughey greets Crown Prince Abdullah Ben Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia upon his arrival at Dublin Airport for a two-day state visit in June 1988. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

It is considered “highly improper” to ask a Saudi Arabian about his wives or any female members of his family, Government officials were warned as the(...)

US president Donald Trump with American forces  at Bagram Air Field in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thanksgiving Day. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

No matter how bad your Thanksgiving is, mine will be worse, and I’ll tell you why. My sister thinks Jim Jordan is hot. Well, she didn’t say “hot” exac(...)

Actor Robert Forster, photographed in Los Angeles in 2017. Photograph: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Robert Forster, the character actor who saw a career resurgence and Oscar nomination for playing bail bondsman Max Cherry in Jackie Brown, has died ag(...)

Early 20th century  Sapphire and diamond ring €1400–€1,800

It will be all about colour and craftsmanship at the forthcoming Fine Jewellery and Watches sale at Adam’s on St Stephen’s Green sale on September 17t(...)

Iconic: the revolving door of the Shelbourne hotel, on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Flemming

Who knew that fancy hotels could be among the riskiest places in Dublin? Compensation culture has claimed its latest victim, and the city’s purists ar(...)

Maura Higgins in Love Island

What has Maura Higgins, the pride of Ballymahon and the most striking personality on Love Island have to do with Lady Hazel Lavery whose image represe(...)

Actor Montgomery Clift standing outside sound stages at Paramount Studios while  filming A Place in the Sun. Photograph:  Peter Stackpole/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty

For decades the cult around the late actor Montgomery “Monty” Clift has traded on his supposed miseries; he was a beautiful loser, as the title of Bar(...)

 Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli poses at the British embassy in Rome before receiving the medal of knighthood from the British ambassador to Italy in 2004. File photograph: Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images

Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a stat(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

On a tour of Ireland, one might easily ask: where are the women? There are statues to a few (we counted just five), a smattering of commemorative plaq(...)

Stanley Donen kisses  Lifetime Achievement Oscar  at the 70th Academy Awards in 1988 in Los Angeles. Photograph:   Reed Saxon/AP

Stanley Donen, who directed Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling, Gene Kelly singing in the rain and a host of other sparkling moments from some of Hol(...)

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