The last time I visited the Holy Land was with Pope John Paul II in the year 2000. Excuse me. Pope saint John Paul II. Visiting there with “ordinar(...)

Mils Muliaina, confronted here by Phil Burleigh of Edinburgh, will captain Connacht against La Rochelle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the abiding memories from the Sportsground last week was the performance of 25-year-old Connacht wing Matt Healy. He was quite simply exceptio(...)

Ger Lyons: fourth in the trainer’s table in Ireland with 45 winners worth just shy of €1 million. Photograph: Inpho

Next week’s Middle Park Stakes can’t come quick enough for Ger Lyons as the Co Meath trainer reckons Capella Sansevero can put a Group One cherry on t(...)

Scotland Yard photo from 2003 of Robert Hulme, now 34, who was one of six dissident Republicans freed from prison today. Photograph: PA Photo/Scotland Yard/Collect

Six dissident republicans transferred to jails here to complete lengthy sentences for conspiring to cause explosions in Britain have been released aft(...)

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(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter wrote to Rome to seek clarification on its claim congregations which ran Magdalene  laundries were willing to pay part of compensation scheme. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

A Vatican submission last December to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) made three signific(...)

In this handout provided by South Korean Unification Ministry, Lee Duk-Haeng (right), the head of South Korea’s working-level delegation to family reunion and his North Korean counterpart Park Yong-Il (left) exchange agreement documents after their meeting in Panmunjom, North Korea.  Photograph: South Korean Unification Ministry/Getty Images

North and South Korea agreed today to allow some families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War to hold brief reunions, despite a campaign by Pyongyang (...)

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You don’t have to work too hard to accommodate this stunning Spanish silent movie within current vogues. A loose revision of Snow White (the clues are(...)

The exterior of the now derelict Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Magdalene laundry on Sean McDermott St in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The four religious congregations that have refused to contribute to the compensation fund for residents of their former Magdalene laundries had combin(...)

Survivors of Magdalene Laundries on their way into Leinster House last February to sit in the public gallery for the Dáil debate on the McAleese report. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has sought a Dáil debate on the refusal of the four religious orders that ran the Magdalene Laundries to make a financial contribution towar(...)