Brigid of Kildare: a fearless negotiator who secured women’s property rights, and freed trafficked women

History is filled with stories of great deeds, the exploits of rebels, patriots and politicians, writers and artists, scientists and innovators. They (...)

A photo from Gem Diamonds of a 910-carat diamond discovered at the Letseng mine in Lesotho. Photograph: Gem Diamonds via The New York Times

High in the mountains of a small southern African kingdom, miners have unearthed one of the largest diamonds ever found, a glittering giant weighing (...)

Some windows of the Pirelli tower in Milan, Italy, are lighted to write the words ‘Stop Aids’, to commemorate the World Day of the Fight against Aids on December 1st. Photograph:  Marco Bertorello /AFP/Getty Images

It’s nearly 40 years since the world was shaken by the outbreak of a “plague” that started in the gay community in America and quickly became the most(...)

Gstaad Palace Hotel. Photograph: LOOK-foto

The men sitting on the terrace of the Gstaad Palace Hotel in Switzerland know how to casually knot a cashmere sweater over their shoulders. It’s a ski(...)

In this 1969 file photo, Charles Manson is escorted to his arraignment on conspiracy-murder charges in connection with the Sharon Tate murder case.  Photograph: AP

Charles Manson, dubbed father of the world’s worst family, has died aged 83. His clutch of deranged disciples, known as the Manson Family, gained not(...)

Barry Canny of Peploe’s restaurant with the guest book from Jammet’s restaurant. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A piece of Dublin dining history Peploe’s restaurant at 16 St Stephen’s Green recently underwent a refurbishment that included opening up the basemen(...)

The new Oscar Wilde bar which has opened in New York, after a $4 million investment by Irish duo Frank McCole and Tommy Burke

Step inside a new literary haunt in New York and you’ll find 26 clocks that never change time. They are all set at 1.50pm, the time of death of the wr(...)

 Roddy Doyle: “It’s actually very easy to live privately here, particularly as you get older.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Roddy Doyle is nearly 60. It seems hardly credible. The “bald man with glasses”, as he describes himself, seems timeless, forever of Commitments age. (...)

Silver and jewellery are two of the most popular categories for collectors and investors in the art and antiques market. The reason? Apart from their (...)

Cashel Palace Hotel: celebrity visitors have included Ronald Reagan, Jacqueline Kennedy, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Plans for the redevelopment of the historic Cashel Palace Hotel in Tipperary have been given the go-ahead, subject to conditions. The 18th-century red(...)

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