Darryle McClurkin on a quad bike in a snow covered field in the Belfast hills on Friday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mullingar in Co Westmeath and Galway were the coldest parts of the country overnight as temperatures reached -3 degrees, according to Met Éireann. Muc(...)

Fearful: Kathleen McDonnell, at the ruins of Teampail na Naoi Naomh, on Loop Head. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Within eight months of his election, on March 13th last year, Time magazine declared Pope Francis its person of the year. An American gay magazine,(...)

File photograph of Senior Offaly Hurling team earlier this year. Photograp: James Crombie/Inpho

A tight knit community has been left stunned by the untimely death of Offaly Under 21 hurling manager Dermot Hogan yesterday.The 45-year-old father-of(...)

Helen Baker, Gloucestershire, seen last night outside the Irish Embassy in London during a silent vigil to demand a public investigation into Ireland’s mother and baby homes. Photograph: Mark Hennessy

The Irish authorities must help the families of children who were sent to the United States for adoption to trace them, the daughter of one woman held(...)

The Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, which was a home from 1930 to 1970. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eighteen years ago, on May 11th, 1996, Padraig O’Morain wrote in this newspaper about a woman he called Eileen, whose baby was taken from her in a mot(...)

Philomena Lee, with her son Kevin and daughter Jayne, and Mary Lawlor (right) from Adoption Rights Alliance and The Philomena Project. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

For years Philomena Lee came alone or just with her daughter Jayne to visit her son’s grave in Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Yesterday, sh(...)

The black BMW had been reported missing from a car sales yard at Brosna in Birr between 1am and 1.40am this morning.

An 18-year-old teenager was killed and his friend seriously injured when the car they were driving crashed into a wall. Tributes were l(...)

Philomena Lee  and Senator Claire McCaskill  meet to discuss the  new adoption initiative.

US senator Claire McCaskill has added her support to a campaign to help Irish mothers reunite with US children separated by forced adoption, describin(...)

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in a scene from the film Philomena.

Sorcha PollakThe Irish Government has been called on to release over 60,000 secret adoption files to assist adult children, now living abroad, in trac(...)

Judi Dench, star of the movie Philomena, which tells the story of Philomena Lee. Photograph Tim P Whitby/Getty.

The congregation of nuns which ran the mother- and-baby home featured in the film Philomena has denied receiving money for babies put up for adoption.(...)