Philomena Lee with her daughter Jane Libberton at the launch of the Philomena Project in Dublin last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Philomena Lee, whose devotion to finding her adopted son inspired a Hollywood film, said she would welcome the Government’s proposed Adoption Bill pr(...)

Patrick Anderson McQuaid, Derek Leinster and Noleen Belton, members of the Bethany Survivors Group, at the burial site of children from the Bethany Home in Harold’s Cross, Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation would like to hear from anyone who was resident in, or who worked, in any of the 14 homes it is(...)

Detail from ‘Lamea’, a portrait of the celebrated Iraqi poet and academic, Lamea Abbas Amara sold for £176,000

Auction Results: Tuesday (April 21st) Bonhams, London. The first dedicated auction of Iraqi Modernism . Cubist Cockerel (1955) by Shakir Ha(...)

Graham Kenny on  one of thetrails at the family farm near Roscrea

Mountain biking is gathering fans at speed in Ireland. One man who’s hoping to cash in on the trend is Graham Kenny, who has set up a bike park with s(...)

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(...)