John Huston

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You have to feel a little sorry for any branch or subbranch of the Hustons, the Fondas or the Barrymores. Sooner or later somebody is likely to ask yo(...)

The greatest challenge available to Robert O’Hara Burke was to be the first European to cross Australia’s vast interior. Illustration: Detail from The Death of Burke by Artur Loureiro

When Tuesday’s Health Supplement suggested that Queensland was “about the size of Ireland”, I presume that was a reference to population rather than t(...)

Actor Michael Caine and England player Bobby Moore of the POW XI celebrate during a match against Germany for the film Escape to Victory. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

Critics of Escape to Victory down the years have often suggested that disbelief needs to be suspended from the highest rafter while watching it, which(...)

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in a promotional portrait for The Sound Of Music, 1965. Photograph:  Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Christopher Plummer, who has died in Connecticut at the age of 91, accumulated, over seven decades, all the honours an actor could wish for. As long (...)

The two €3 stamps reproduce one of the artist’s trademark abstract compositions, Meditation 28.

In a rare accolade for a visual artist, An Post tomorrow issues a stamp marking the centenary of the birth of artist and designer Patrick Scott, who d(...)

15 Usher’s Island – the house has been empty for several years now, its future uncertain

Of the many curses, poetic and otherwise, that past generations of Irish people had at their command, few were as damning as this one: “May the grass (...)

Lot 152, a bronze death mask of James Joyce (€1,500–€2,000).

From pikes and pistols to sundials and sextants, there is quite a selection of historic artefacts in Mullen’s of Laurel Park sale, taking place live a(...)

 French singer and actor Juliette Greco performs in Paris, in 1968. She was the muse of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the link between often impenetrable intellectuals and popular song. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Saint-Germain-des-Prés must have felt like the centre of the universe in the aftermath of the second World War. After years of deprivation, French you(...)

Desmond Guinness at Leixlip Castle in 2013. Photograph: Eric Lukebridge Big House Festival August Bank Holiday

Born: 8th September, 1931 Died: 20th August, 2020 It is an extraordinary tribute to the Hon Desmond Guinness, who has died aged 88, that it is merely(...)

Great Irish movies: Eamonn Owens as Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan

Best reads of 2020: IN VERY PARTICULAR ORDER, HERE’S OUR (CURRENTLY DEFINITIVE) PICK OF THE GREATEST IRISH MOVIES EVER MADE No sane person (...)

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