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Staff were alerted to the break-in at 10.30pm on Friday, May 21st, after a burglar alarm went off and police were scrambled to the scene. Photograph: Arundel Castle/PA Wire/Sussex Police

A set of “irreplaceable” gold rosary beads carried by Mary Queen of Scots to her execution in 1587 are among historic treasures worth more than £1 mil(...)

Four-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan to play Lady Macbeth at the Almeida theatre. Photograph: Steve Granitz/WireImage

The four-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan is to make her UK stage debut as Lady Macbeth in a “feminist” version of Shakespeare’s tragedy at the Almeid(...)

“The tradition of kissing the Blarney Stone might need a slight rebrand for the post-coronavirus era, although I’m sure locals will think of something.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Apart from its role in the ballad of Little Musgrave (Diary, May 27th), apparently, Barnard Castle is also infamous as a slang term arising from an ev(...)

Colm Tóibín: ‘I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Colm Tóibín, award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and professor of the humanities at Columbia University, New York, was born in En(...)

Maddix and his mother, Nadine Staunton, who is struggling to find a new school for her son. Photograph: James Forde

Aidan Ennis (6), from Cherry Orchard, Dublin, will be almost eight before he finally starts school. He has autism, and his mother, Louise Lawlor, has(...)

Photograph: Damian Dovarganes/AP

Best picture Black Panther BlacKkKlansman Bohemian Rhapsody The Favourite Green Book Roma A Star is Born Vice Best director A(...)

Saoirse Ronan rides out in armour that matches her blue eyes

 A few weeks ago, the distributors of Josie Rourke’s workmanlike historical drama embarked on one of the era’s more ill-considered social-media c(...)

Saoirse Ronan: Within minutes of the image landing, social media was alive with antagonism

It wouldn’t be awards season without the nation getting into a kerfuffle about misidentification of Saoirse Ronan as British. The good people at Harpe(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

Late Afternoon, written and directed by Louise Bagnell, was made by the Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon

Irish animated short film Late Afternoon has been shortlisted for an Academy Award. The film, written and directed by Louise Bagnell, was made by the (...)

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