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James Osborne at a Ryanair agm in 2008. Photograph: Frank Miller

James Osborne, who has died at the age of 68, was a corporate consultant and solicitor with connections at the very top level of Irish business and a (...)

Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival at Trim Castle

If the thought of heading back to homework, uniforms and school lunches is hard to bear, just think how the kids feel. The best way to brush off the b(...)

Daniel Craig: The other Bonds just  wore the suit. This one was scarily real. Photograph: Britta Pedersen

For decades the James Bond series has been the Rolls Royce of British cinema: deluxe film-making that maintains a reputation for excellence, while sim(...)

Skellig Michael has come to prominence as a setting for the new Star Wars movies, boosting local tourism. Photograph: iStock

Sourcing contacts for permits for fake guns, finding a lost lake, locating a pier deep enough to berth a yacht and getting permission to throw stones (...)

Actor Robert Hardy speaks outside the Churchill War Rooms Museum at a Battle of Britain anniversary celebration on August 20th, 2010 in London. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The family of Robert Hardy has paid tribute to the “gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified” actor, who has died at the age of 91. Hardy was be(...)

A computer  generated image of Facebook’s proposed Willow Campus, at  Menlo Park, California. Photograph:  Facebook/Reuters

Welcome to the world’s most exclusive resort. Getting here can take months, even years, of gruelling hard work and single-minded dedication. You can (...)

Team Ireland during last year’s Quidditch World Cup in Germany.

“Harry mounted his broomstick and kicked off from the ground. What a feeling – he swooped in and out of the goalposts and then sped up and down the pi(...)

Ruth Negga on the carpet at Cannes in 2016. She is now a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Photograph:  Julien Warnand/EPA

If we were feeling awkward we would complain that only 39 per cent of those just invited to join the American Academy of Arts and Sciences were women.(...)

Speach and language therapist Mary Coleman, in front, with friends in her adopted city of Edinburgh

Before everyone had smartphones permanently attached to their hands, people used to read shampoo bottles while they were in the bathroom, or so said t(...)

Children dressed as Harry Potter in Bolton, UK on Friday, part of an attempt to break the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as the wizard. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Harry Potter fans around the world on Monday celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first book about The Boy Who Lived. Harry Potter And The Philosophe(...)

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