Illustration of the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava during the Crimean War. Photograph:   Mansell/Time Life Pictures/Getty

The Monday just gone being the latest anniversary of the charge of the Light Brigade, I chanced upon an extraordinary recording of one of the particip(...)

 Jean-Paul Belmondo was born in Paris in 1933. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP via Getty

Jean-Paul Belmondo, the French actor who shot to international fame in Jean-Luc Godard’s revolutionary New Wave classic Breathless, has died aged 88. (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney at the Naval Service 75th anniversary in Cork on Saturday. Photograph: Julien Behal

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has paid tribute to the men and women of the Naval Service for their professionalism over the years at a ceremony at Naval Ba(...)

 Rujing Guo   in Herbert Park. Photograph: Alan Betson

There is an ancient Chinese phrase which Rujing Guo uses as her motto: “To grow as a person, you must walk 1,000 miles and read 1,000 books”. Moving (...)

A night at the opera spoiled for George Bernard Shaw (above) as revealed in a letter. Photograph: AFP/AFP/Getty

Some readers have been sceptical of the suggestion here, last week, that Archduke Franz Ferdinand could have killed “half a million” animals in his ca(...)

Owl Run, Hughie O’Donoghue, €25,000 - €35,000, Morgan O’Driscoll

This month marks the final sales of the season for some auction houses in what has been a bumper year. Lots of Irish interest at Bonham’s Fine Books,(...)

When land carries no penalty for being unimproved, it is taken out of supply and the overall supply of land for development falls causing land prices to rise. Photograph: iStock

Economics is counterintuitive – and maybe this is the most important lesson in macroeconomics. Here’s a good example. A responsible household will try(...)

The Irish Coast Guard said the Maersk Maker used its powerful pumps to try and extinguish a fire on board the Horizon fishing trawler, but was unable to do so and the stricken trawler eventually sank at around 7am. Photograph: Irish Coast Guard.

Four fishermen are recovering after being rescued from a liferaft having been forced to abandon their trawler after it caught fire off the Co Cork coa(...)

Detail from Jour d’été (Summer’s Day) by Berthe Morisot (1879). National Gallery, London. An audacious theft 65 years ago this month highlighted the controversy over the Hugh Lane bequest.

Claims that there is no such thing as a victimless crime were undermined audaciously by a handful of Irish university students in London 65 years ago (...)

20 Synge Street, Dublin 8.

Little has changed at 20 Synge Street since the current owner purchased the property a few years ago. The 180sq m (1,937sq ft) Victorian terraced hous(...)

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