Garda commissioner Patrick Culligan with then minister Nora Owen in 1996. The commissioner knew many of those killed in the 1994 crash and “valued their advice and co-operation in counteracting terrorism and crime at every level”. File photograph: Paddy Whelan

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Irish fashion designer Sybil Connolly at her Dublin fashion house in 1965. The key to entertaining was “staff”, she said. Photograph: Getty Images

A friend once gave me a pocket mirror with a vintage photograph of people wearing party hats, and the words “She was a hostess with the mostess” on it(...)