Maureen O'Hara

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'Home Alone': this light-hearted family classic is perfect for the early days of December

Spare a thought for the poor souls who fly headlong into the festive season without anything resembling a plan. These are the damned masses who end up(...)

Village Life by Margret is dated 1994 and still has the original price sticker – 199 Zimbabwean dollars.

‘Folk art’ paintings from Zimbabwe are among the surprise lots in Sheppard’s auction of items owned by the former president of Ireland Mary Robinson a(...)

Barry Canny of Peploe’s restaurant with the guest book from Jammet’s restaurant. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A piece of Dublin dining history Peploe’s restaurant at 16 St Stephen’s Green recently underwent a refurbishment that included opening up the basemen(...)

The business of beauty
The business of beauty

The Irish cosmetic business has been undergoing a miraculous makeover and producing a stable of winning formulations and organic products that are gai(...)

John Gleeson, head of media and entertainment at Grant Thornton: “Section 481 is intended to act as a stimulus to the growth of the film industry in Ireland.”

Here’s a movie quiz question: name five major Hollywood films that have been made in Ireland. That’s easy, right? There was The Quiet Man with John Wa(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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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