Marian Finucane and John Clarke  went on to build foster homes, child care facilities and schools.

“Melanie, the chief wants us to donate a feckin’ cow! What do we do?” I couldn’t help giggling at the exasperation in the familiar raspy voice all th(...)

 South African president   Cyril Ramaphosa greets a voter as he arrives to cast his vote for the general elections at the Hitekani Primary School, Chiawelo, Soweto. Photograph: Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party is on track to win the country’s general election, although its final tally for the nation(...)

Seán O’Keeffe: ‘What those baying for blood seem to fail to realise is that, now as in 2010 and 2013, the only way to ensure that authors and others receive what they are rightfully due is for the company to continue to trade successfully - which remains my first, and only, professional priority.’

The situation facing Liberties Press now is similar to two previous episodes in the company’s development. In November 2010, when my then business par(...)

People comfort each other outside the residence of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. Photograph: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

‘I just wasn’t ready for a world without Mandela, ” a tearful, white Afrikaans woman said to me a few days ago. The year 2013 will be remembered by th(...)

Ashtown Lodge in Castleknock  on a 25-acre estate

Ashtown Lodge, a 25-acre Castleknock estate and home of the former owners of Merlin Motors, has been sold for a sum of about €5.5 million. The propert(...)

“Nicer than the Terminator”: Nelson Mandela with Melanie Verwoerd (right) and Mary Davis in Dublin for the Special Olympics. Photograph courtesy of Robbie Fry
Mandela, Ireland and me
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  • December 7, 2013, 01:00

There is an incredible depth of sadness in South Africa. Over the past three months South Africans have been preparing themselves for the inevitable. (...)

Exceptional: Malala Yousafzai in Dublin this week. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘OMG!” one teenager shrieks. “She is amaaazing! I want to be like her!” “She is just gorgeous isn’t she?” says her young red-haired friend. “I wanted (...)

In 2000, this seven-bed Killiney mansion on Military Road commanded a rent of £16,000 a month after its 890sq m (9,600sq ft) expanse had been refurbished at a cost of £1 million

The autumn brings with it the launch of some heavyweight houses to the Dublin property market, and Ashurst certainly packs a punch. The restored Victo(...)