Queen Anne

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Sweet pea flowering in Fionnuala’s flower farm. No photo is going to let you know what it feels like to breathe in the intoxicating perfume of sweet pea in full bloom on a warm summer day. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

It’s often said that we live in a visual age, our tastes shaped by a stream of images fed to us via traditional and social media. If you’re a ga(...)

Aidan O’Brien: top trainer will once again have a formidable team of horses bidding for top prizes at Royal Ascot.  Photograph:  Steve Parsons/PA

Aidan O’Brien is hot favourite to be crowned top trainer for a tenth time at Royal Ascot this week although his two sons, Joseph and Donnacha, will h(...)

Queen Elizabeth  is seen in London, England, on Saturday. The queen’s birthday honours have been released. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Former frontman of The Undertones Feargal Sharkey (60) has been made an OBE in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday honours. Sharkey is one of several musician(...)

Broome and Donnacha O’Brien win the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes at Leopardstown. Photo: PA Wire

The odds on Aidan O’Brien securing a record-equalling seventh Epsom Derby tightened even further after Broome led home a Ballydoyle 1-2-3 in Sunday’s (...)

Woodfield House,  Broadford, Co Clare

Recent film The Favourite (and Olivia Colman’s performance) excited interest in the life and times of Queen Anne (1702-1714) and afforded glimpses of (...)

 Olivia Colman in ‘The Favourite’. Photograph: Atsushi Nishijima/Fox Searchlight Films/AP

Every year, at awards season, we get arguments about the fidelity of films supposedly based on true stories. No such movie has ever stuck rigidly to l(...)

Best drama actor, Remi Malek: ‘Thank you to Freddie Mercury, for giving me the joy of a lifetime.’ Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/AP

There was a genuine shock at the Golden Globes on Sunday night when Bohemian Rhapsody, biopic of Queen front-man Freddie Mercury, beat runaway favouri(...)

Jessie Buckley with the Most Promising Newcomer award, during the 21st British Independent Film Awards in London. Photograph:  Matt Crossick, PA Wire

In a very successful night for Irish film talent at the British Independent Film Awards, the Element Pictures-produced The Favourite won 10 awards, an(...)

Natalie Portman in Vox Lux: When she finally appears, she’s in every scene

It’s that time when all logic gets turned on its head. Neither A Star is Born nor Bohemian Rhapsody is a musical. The three stars of Yorgos Lanthimos’(...)

Photograph: Barry’s Fireplaces

MAKE YOUR MARK A statement fireplace is the focal point of a room. The wood-burning Odin design by Dik Geurts pictured above makes the point by visib(...)

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