Castle Blunden: Jane and Caroline Blunden at their former family home, in Co Kilkenny, some of whose contents are being auctioned on June 25th. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

THE BLUNDEN TWINS HAVE TRAVELLED THE WORLD THROUGH ART AND CULTURE. NOW THEY ARE BACK FOR A FINAL SALE OF CONTENTS AT CASTLE BLUNDEN, IN CO KILKENN(...)

The Girl In The Spider’s Web: Claire Foy. Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty

To the Rome Film Festival for the world premiere of The Girl in the Spider’s Web. You picture limousines jockeying for position on the Via Veneto. You(...)

Anna, Lady Oxmantown in the library of Birr Castle wearing a green crepe wool Jacqmar dress that belonged to her grandmother in law Anne, Countess of Rosse. The dress would have flouted wartime restrictions so it is believed that Anne bought it prior to the war.

“Had a wonderful time in this I am ashamed to say” goes a note written by Countess Anne Rosse of Birr Castle on a long green crepe dress by Victor Sti(...)

Tom Cruise straining to stay credible as an agent in the field

Swallow this, old person. The time that has elapsed since the first Mission: Impossible film is – give or take a few months –the same as the gap betwe(...)

Gareth Southgate, England’s bespoke coach, seems incapable of uttering a graceless remark or behaving with anything other than class.  Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty

A friend of mine spent a few weeks in the summer of 1996 tumbling through Galway pubs watching the European football championships. Naturally, he did(...)

The Queen Mother, a noted horse-racing fan, spent years trying to wrangle an invitation to the event. Photograph: Chris Harris/PA

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, a noted horse-racing fan, spent years trying to wrangle an invitation to the Royal Dublin Horse Show, the Lemass re(...)

‘A good mix of Fenians and Prods’ - the women in Shankill wisecrack to photographer: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

For more than 30 years the Shankill Women’s Centre (SWC) on Belfast’s Shankill Road has been at the heart of the community, a haven for women during o(...)

Kate Middleton wore Carrickmacross lace on her wedding day.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

One of the lesser-known casualties of the first World War was the Irish lace-making industry. It wasn’t quite killed off then, or since, and its survi(...)

Winner of best supporting actor Brían F O’Byrne poses in the press room at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. Photograph: Ian West/PA

There were two Irish successes at the Bafta TV awards on Sunday night. Cavan man Brian F O’Byrne took home a Bafta for best supporting actor for his (...)

Matt Smith as  Philip and Claire Foy as  Elizabeth in The Crown

Early in the regal new series of The Crown (Netflix, from Friday), Peter Morgan’s riveting chronicle of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, a young Duke (...)

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