Horses are such beautiful-looking animals, elegant, noble and sensitive. And I actually know absolutely nothing about them. However, that didn’t prev(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and  Archbishop Eamon Martin in Dublin welcoming the publication of “Amoris Laetitia”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Catholic primate, Archbishop Eamon Martin, has said Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, published yesterday, is a warning again(...)

Pope Francis: Will reflect on much of what his bishops’ have had to say. Photograph: Getty Images

Friday is the day which many feel will define the papacy of Pope Francis. What he announces in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of(...)

Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican last month. Restoration to full ministry of priests disciplined by the Vatican will be discussed at a planned meeting between  Catholic bishops and the Association of Catholic Priests.  File photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Restoration to full ministry of priests disciplined by the Vatican will be one of the main topics to be discussed at a planned meeting between the Cat(...)

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has called a meeting over a proposal which would see the break-up of an 800 year old diocese. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A meeting has been called by the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough Michael Jackson to discuss proposed changes which would see it(...)

 The Remembrance Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Last week I was asked whether I was British. It wasn’t a question. It was an accusation, levelled at me during a discussion on 1916, which I said was (...)

Nicky Kelly, who was arrested in connection with the Sallins train robbery. a crime he had no part in. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The celebrated civil rights lawyer Paul O’Dwyer had done everything he could to persuade a desperately homesick Nicky Kelly, who had been sentenced to(...)

Guard of honour by the 1st Battalion, Galway,  at Glasnevin cemetery on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Sinn Féin Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh was absent from Sunday’s ceremony at Glasnevin cemetery where a “Remembrance Wall” naming a(...)

Lt Henning Hauser unfurls the German flag on the bow of the flagship FGS Donau, berthed in Dublin.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ah yes. Our gallant allies in Europe have arrived at last. A tad late maybe. But, hey! They’re here. Led by the German navy’s FGS Donau, the Nato flot(...)

I blame adults. The world would be a better off without them. Men, particularly. Just look around this earth and pick any conflict, anywhere. Who’s (...)