The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and his biological father, Anthony Montague Browne. Photograph: Guardian

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has discovered his biological father was the former private secretary to Britain’s war-time leader Winston C(...)

GP Aifric Boylan: ‘The most striking difference between working as a GP in Australia versus Ireland is that here the health system facilitates me in taking care of patients properly.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland’s ailing health service was one of the most contentious topics of the 2016 general election campaign, but it remains to be seen how the incom(...)

Sorcha Bhreathnach O’Malley in Christchurch: ‘For several years we ran Tír na n-Óg, a workshop for the children of Irish emigrants... we became family to each other, in the absence of our own clans back home.’

I was brought up bilingually. My daidí Rory Walsh had a sports injury in his 20s and started attending Irish classes held in his clubrooms on the sam(...)

 Oliver Jager  in action for Blackrock College in  the Leinster Senior Cup:  Jager is pursuing a professional rugby career in New Zealand with the Canterbury Crusaders.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Three days after completing his Leaving Certificate, 17-year-old Oliver Jager was in New Zealand to embrace a new chapter in his life. He’d left eve(...)

Church of Ireland notes

The spring issue of the Church of Ireland journal, Search, edited by Canon Ginnie Kennerley, will be available this weekend. An excerpt from the late(...)

Church of Ireland primate Richard Clarke: US Episcopal church excluded from decision-making on doctrine or polity, but reports of ‘sanctions’ and ‘censures’ were  ‘cynical manipulation’ of facts, said the Archbishop.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Richard Clarke has dismissed some reports on the outcome of a meeting of Anglican Communion of Primates at Ca(...)

The Anglican Communion’s 38 primates voted by two-thirds majority to censure the US Episcopal Church.

A decision by Anglican Communion primates to suspend the US Episcopal Church from committees and decision-making for three years, as it allows clergy (...)

Canon Andrew White, the “Vicar of Baghdad” at  the Conrad Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

He is known as “the Vicar of Baghdad”. He used to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the UK and has survived “lots”of attempts on his own l(...)

 Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A schism in the worldwide Anglican Communion over homosexual rights and women clerics would be a failure but not a disaster, the spiritual head of An(...)

RAF Typhoons arrive at RAF Akrotiri to begin operations againts Isis in Syria in Akrotiri, Cyprus. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has executed 152 people in 2015, most of them by beheading, leaving so-called Islamic State, also known as Isis, in the ha’penny place wh(...)