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Actress Roma Downey poses on her star after it was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Irish actress Roma Downey has been honoured in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame with a star. The Derry born producer, best known for her role in “Touched by(...)

 Roger Federer: hasn’t won a Grand Slam in four years but is still third seed for Wimbledon.  Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

It’s one of sport’s most alluring narratives, the grizzled veteran aiming for one final shot at the top prize. Only the underdog tale trumps it. Roger(...)

Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara helps her daughter Bronwyn Fitzsimons dress for her graduation party. Ms  Fitzsimons was found dead at her Co Cork home on Thursday. Photograph: Getty

Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara’s only daughter has been found dead in a property owned by the family at Glengarriff, Co Cork. Bronwyn Fitzsimons ((...)

Teacher and exile: Patrick McCabe in 2007. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Art has a way of anticipating anxieties that are still under the surface. The 1990s would be a decade in which Ireland became increasingly disturbed b(...)

John Loder (second right) and Arthur Shields (right) in the John Ford film ‘How Green Was My Valley’. Photograph: Fox

In his 1977 autobiography the Hollywood star John Loder let slip secrets he’d kept hidden for more than 60 years, about his part in the arrest of Patr(...)

Obama didn’t touch down in Havana with an apology in his pocket for the US having first slathered Cuba in sleaze, organised an invasion by far-right desperadoes, made at least five attempts on Fidel Castro’s life, imposed a blockade in an effort to impoverish the country into submission and erected an internment camp on its soil where perceived enemies of the US could be tortured, some to death. Alejandro Ernesto/EPA.

I wonder did President Obama put in a good word for the Lanskys during his visit to Cuba. The family wants its hotel back. Says spokesman Gary Rapopor(...)

Claudia Cardinale on the set of Circus World in 1964. Photograph: Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In the history of cinema, only a handful of stars – Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Monica Bellucci – have seriously competed with Claudia Cardinale(...)

“I love hurling. But there are more important things in life. Your family and your health. Hurling is . . . it is fun and enjoyment and it gets you excited. I think we all need something. It doesn’t have to be hurling.” Photograph: Inpho

What winds Davy Fitzgerald up? And who is he anyhow? Yes, he is still – always – the fiercely energetic and fine goalkeeper in a Clare group that seem(...)

Andy Murray watches as Novak Djokovic receives his trophy after winning the Australian Open. Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill

Dublin v Kerry, not a bad fixture at all for Setanta to kick-start its 2016 National League coverage, and while you might initially have felt a pang o(...)

Skellig Michael, which features in the imminent “Star Wars: the Force Awakens”. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

The 1916 Easter Rising commemorations and Star Wars both loom large in the tourism marketing calendar in the months ahead. But which will draw more vi(...)

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