Heath Ledger and Sienna Miller in Casanova

Giacomo Casanova (1725 -1798) priest, soldier, playwright, spy, composer, may have invented the lottery and escaped from the highest security prison i(...)

Glovers Alley by Andy McFadden in Dublin 2

Chefs and restaurant managers say it is the worst night of the year to dine out. But their negativity about February 14th may have more to do with the(...)

François Boucher’s  A Female Nude Reclining on a Chaise-Longue (Graphite, red and white chalk on paper). ‘As the name implies, Marie-Louise O’Murphy (the model  above)  was of Irish extraction, albeit French birth . . . It was through Casanova that news of her  beauty reached the highest circles in France, Versailles.’ Photograph copyright National Gallery of Ireland

Among the more interesting pictures in a new exhibition at the National Gallery is a female nude by the 18th-century French painter François Bo(...)