Jessica Chastain: ‘She’s the nicest woman in Hollywood’ said the late Joan Rivers. Photograph: Chad Batka/The New York Times

She replies to her fans on Facebook and Twitter. The first time she was nominated for an Oscar, for The Help, she took her granny. She loves animals s(...)

John Gerrard, Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017. Image courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London and Simon Preston Gallery, New York

In every era, artists will produce defining works, but John Gerrard has made some of the most extraordinary images I have ever seen. This is the portr(...)

United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres presents a certificate to Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who has been  designated  UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres appointed Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai a UN Messenger of Peace on Monday to promote girls’ educa(...)

 Eileen Gray’s modernist  home, E-1027, at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the South of France, which features murals by Le Corbusier

While the Irish have a reputation for travelling the world, so too does our culture. Beyond the ubiquitous Irish pub, with its varying degrees of aut(...)

Apart from their luminary status, what do Leonardo di Caprio, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Arthur C Clarke have in common? All four have taken a k(...)

Gráinne Macken, a member of the Department of Education’s junior cycle training team, introducing English teachers to reforms in Navan, Co Meath

A group of English teachers is gathered around a table debating what mark they should award a junior cycle student. The second-year student has just (...)

The Oxfam report highlights the role that “an ever more elaborate system of tax havens” is playing in the deepening divide, calling for a “global approach to end the era of tax havens”. Photograph: Getty Images

The world’s 62 wealthiest individuals now own the same as the poorest half of the global population, according to a new report on wealth inequality pu(...)

Jennifer Davis, left, and Anna Devin have both developed the kind of healthy, strong delivery that singers need to project in larger halls and opera houses

Life is full of near misses, not least when it comes to casting in movies and television. Bing Crosby was the original choice to play the shabby, a(...)

Projected images of people in a replica first-class cabin in the Titanic Experience. Photograph: David Moir/Reuters

Down the Belfast docks there’s a big, pointy, monolithic building that looks a bit like the vehicle the Jawas drive in Star Wars. Outside is a big (...)

 Jordan Belfort during his talk  at the RDS to a crowd of just under 3,000. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Considering the fact that financial sharp practice is a national sport in this country, is it really any wonder that such a welcome was afforded this (...)

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