Sr Cyril Mooney: “You can bring in laws, but people will give lip service. You have to change people’s hearts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland has this year followed India’s recent example of introducing legislation aimed at making schools more inclusive. It’s one thing to chan(...)

The accident happened at the renowned Wormhole on Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands off Galway, last week. Photograph: David Dunne.

A young couple were being hailed as heroes after saving the life of a student who was swept off a cliff face and into the sea by a giant wave.The acci(...)

Nuns hold vigils to condemn the gang-rape of an elderly nun in Ranaghat, India, on March 14th, allegedly by Hindu extremists. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

Ten months after prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assumed power, many members of India’s minority Christi(...)

Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh is shown around by young children cared for by the Hope Foundation in Kolkata. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision .

The slums of Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, are a world removed geographically and economically from the Dome in Tralee. Rose of Tralee Maria W(...)

Perfect posture: Madhabi Mukherjee in Charulata (The Lonely Wife)

There’s a truth to silent-screen queen Norma Desmond’s notion: “We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces.” But cinema’s golden years produced people w(...)

Simla in northern India, capital of the Himachal Pradesh Territory on the southern slopes of the Himalayas and summer capital of India, photographed  circa 1955. The town is now known as Shimla. Photograph: Hulton Archive

The spirits of English sahibs and their equally grand memsahibs would be aghast at what Shimla, the Raj’s charming summer capital in northern India, h(...)

Jamie Heaslip: ‘Most of the time, you get what you see with me.’ Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

ON THE SPOT: QUICK QUESTIONS Most-played tunes : Don’t Matter by Kings of Leon Tuscan Leather by Drake Rock City by Kings of Leon Beau(...)

Villagers sit near the area where a woman was gang-raped in Birbhum district in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal Photograph: Reuters

India’s supreme court yesterday ordered an investigation into the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman in eastern Bengal state, allegedly at the behest of(...)

T he old dear’s had more work done on her face. She looks like someone beat a swarm of bees off Sharon Osbourne’s face with a pair of running spikes. (...)

Jonathan Drennan playing rugby for Hanwell RFC earlier this year. Photograph: Stephen Brooks / Stephen Brooks Photography

My name is Jonathan Drennan, I’m 27 and a few months ago, I came out of a reinforced mental closet that I’d been crouched in for quite a while. I made(...)