St Patrick’s Purgatory Lough Derg Island. Photograph: David Sleator

Lough Derg in Co Donegal is a unique place in the world of pilgrimage. It attracts people from all over the world, rich, poor, politicians, the powerf(...)

James “Whitey” Bulger in  1984: his 2013 racketeering conviction will be challenged today. Photograph: Federal Bureau of Investigation/AP

Lawyers for former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger are set to challenge his 2013 racketeering conviction today, contending a judge wrongly block(...)

Pilgrims at the summit of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, on Sunday. The annual climb takes place every year on the last Sunday in July. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When high winds whisked the glass oratory off the tiny church on Croagh Patrick’s summit, John Cummins knew the mountain was in trouble. Cummins, who (...)

Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring:  “After all, Croagh Patrick is an integral part of our spiritual sand cultural heritage and is very important for tourism.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Mayo County Council is to debate a repair and conservation plan for Croagh Patrick today amid safety concerns caused by the erosion of the mountain. (...)

To “drop in” is the new phrase for turning off technology and being one with yourself and nature. It’s reminiscent of that 1960s motto “Turn on, tune (...)

 A file image of  US actor Bill Cosby. Photograph: AFP

Bill Cosby lost his latest bid to fend off a lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 197(...)

Friedrich Nietzsche: “Pure spirit is pure lie.” Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

With the approach of the 500th anniversary of the year traditionally taken to mark the start of the Reformation (1517), it might be worth reflecting a(...)

US flag flies alongside a sign in honor of the four Marines killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

The suspect in the fatal shootings of four US Marines traveled to Jordan and possibly other Middle Eastern countries for seven months last year, autho(...)

Protestant members of the Orange Order pass the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast on their way to the main parade. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

There was a small attendance at 9am Mass in St Patrick’s Church on Belfast’s Donegall Street as Orange bands passed outside. They were on the way to t(...)

French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has already become a central figure in the presidency of her former partner François Hollande. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. A decade ago, Ségolène Royal watched helplessly as Valérie Trierweiler, a journalist at Paris Match magazine who(...)