At the Madikwe Game Reserve. Photograph: Getty

‘Welcome home”; a South African man in a neighbourhood market takes my hands and, beaming, welcomes me back to the place where all of humankind began(...)

 Marta Turalska from Newcastle West,  Limerick, holds her winning picture, My Grandma With Grape,  in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A Limerick student’s portrait of her grape-eating granny was on Tuesday announced as the winner of the Texaco Children’s Art Competition 2016. The (...)

Fr PJ Byrne’s death  anticipates the passing of a generation of diocesan priests who emerged in the years after Vatican II, full of the enthusiasm and anxious to make a difference in the lives of their parishioners.

On February 7th, the parish priest of Kilcock and Newtown in Co Kildare, Fr PJ Byrne, died suddenly. Earlier he had travelled to witness a Kildare vic(...)

A Connecticut state police officer outside a house in Newtown, Connecticut, a few days after the Sandy Hook killings last December. In carrying out the second deadliest school shooting in US history, 20-year-old Adam Lanza is said to have used 30-round magazines. Photograph: Joshua Lott/Reuters

The gunman who killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school last December fired 154 rounds in less than five minutes, s(...)