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Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy of Europe look on during afternoon fourball matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Celebrity weddings in Ireland are par for the course now but news that Rory McIlroy is to marry Erica Stoll in Ashford Castle later this month is stil(...)

Harrison Ford will avoid action over his recent piloting mishap. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

US actor Harrison Ford will not be fined or lose his pilot’s licence over his latest aviation mishap, US federal authorities have said. Ford (74) has(...)

The grounds of Manoir la Croix de La Jugie.

Trying to steal a couple of minutes here and there to actually sit down and apply my Vaseline-filled baby brain to write this piece was a monumental (...)

Maureen O’Hara

Bonhams auction of The Estate of Maureen O’Hara in New York on Tuesday night provided proof, yet again, of the amazing power of provenance. Even the m(...)

A rare photograph of Maureen O’Hara.

An Irish tweed jacket worn by Maureen O’Hara in the 1952 film The Quiet Man has sold for more than $16,000 (€15,000) at auction in New York. Bonhams(...)

School children enjoying themselves during the Musical Adventure by RTE National Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall where children from eight to twelve were introduced to the workings of the orchestra. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

1. Almost third of symphysiotomy claims unfounded, report says Over 30 per cent of applications to the Government’s symphysiotomy redress scheme we(...)

John Wayne, Barry Fitzgerald  and Maureen O’Hara in The Quiet Man: “Wife-beating, priest-ridden, blather talking gombeen men getting drunk,” wrote Malachy McCourt this year. Photograph:   from Hollywood Irish by Adrian Frazier, Lilliput Press, courtesy Republic Pictures

The Quiet Man may now be regarded as a classic, but when it was first shown in 1952 the Irish Embassy in Washington feared it would create a false imp(...)

Lady Gaga performs on the Dive Bar tour this month to promote her new album Joanne. Photograph  Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Lady Gaga is back among us but not quite as you knew her. On the one hand, she knows what will make her further fortune, and can’t resist the glint of(...)

When we look at the fragile mental health of many men we can see that the tough guy is, increasingly, a fiction. Photograph: iStock

Is there such a thing as a real man? I doubt it. Once upon a time, the movie actor John Wayne was seen as the personification of the real man. But thi(...)

 Pat and Bob Cohan at their cottage dating from around 1798 in Kilcolman, Claremorris, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

In the summer of 1977, when a Georgia peanut farmer named Jimmy Carter was Democratic US president, a young North American music teacher was en route (...)

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