Sybil Connolly

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Irish woman Carmel Snow, who was editor of Harper’s Bazaar. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

The recently widowed Annie White was charged with managing the Irish Village Concession at the 1893 Chicago World Fair following the untimely death of(...)

 French skyscraper climber Alain Robert, popularly known as the “French Spiderman”. Photograph:  Thomas Samson / AFP/ Getty Images)

Image of the week: Total spider What better way to spend a Monday than scaling the Total tower in Parisian business district La Défense? That’s what “(...)

Aer Lingus uniforms, from the the first military-style attire in 1945 designed by Sybil Connolly to 1998’s  look by Louise Kennedy. Photographs: Aer Lingus

Airline uniforms occupy a special place in Irish fashion history. What cabin and ground crew have reflected over the decades is not only a professiona(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

On a tour of Ireland, one might easily ask: where are the women? There are statues to a few (we counted just five), a smattering of commemorative plaq(...)

1850s Card Case, hand-turned (€395) Courtville Antiques, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.

It is that time of year when many feel the dread of trying to choose the ideal gift for a loved one. A greener alternative is to consider antique or v(...)

Ian Galvin’s dining table in his Tramore home. Photograph: Ronan Lang/Feature File

At the turn of the millennium, many homeowners began realising that formal, mahogany-filled rooms were no longer conducive to modern family living and(...)

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(...)

Irish fashion designer Louise Kennedy with a range of former Aer Lingus crew uniforms. Ms Kennedy has been engaged by Aer Lingus to create a new design for its uniform. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

After 20 years in teal green uniforms, Aer Lingus crew are set to get a fashion upgrade. Irish designer Louise Kennedy has been engaged to create a ne(...)

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(...)

Brigid of Kildare: a fearless negotiator who secured women’s property rights, and freed trafficked women

History is filled with stories of great deeds, the exploits of rebels, patriots and politicians, writers and artists, scientists and innovators. They (...)

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