Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin maintained  that “people who have children are not necessarily parents” and “perhaps in some cases people are gay because of contexts”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Towards the end of his long reign as Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, from 1940 to 1972, John Charles McQuaid became increasingly shrill in his interven(...)

Ashurst, Military Road, Killiney was bought for €4.065 million

Home to some of the largest residential properties in Dublin, Killiney has long been the chosen address of many of the capital’s wealthiest and bes(...)

A woman touches an icon of the Virgin Mary during a pilgrimage to    Lourdes .... “inside the Domain, there is a intensely spiritual atmosphere, even when you are not taking part in a procession”. , southwestern France, on August 24,   (Photo: Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images)

Until last week, I had never been to Lourdes, which is an admission, I suppose, on a par with Fintan O’Toole letting it be known that he had only rece(...)

Reflected glory: the Ha’penny Bridge. Photograph: William Asanome/Getty

When such a scholarly, encyclopaedic exploration of our capital city as this highly readable new study by David Dickson is published, one benedictiont(...)

‘The home in Tuam closed before I was born.’ Above, people leave candles and mementoes during a march and vigil last week  in memory of the Tuam babies. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Even though I am currently in Indianapolis on sabbatical, even at a distance of 4,000 miles it’s impossible not to feel people’s shock at reports of w(...)

 Sally Mulready is a former resident of a mother and baby home on the Navan Road, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Sally Mulready, the London- based Irish community campaigner, has welcomed an inquiry into Ireland’s mother and baby homes and has sought a meeting(...)

Dean Victor Griffin former Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral. Photograph: Alan Betson

As a young Church of Ireland priest in Derry, Victor Griffin annoyed the Protestants. Later, when he came to Dublin as Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral,(...)

Student nurses are given the BCG vaccine in 1958. Photograph: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Tuberculosis was a diagnosis peculiarly dreaded in Ireland for much of the 20th century. There was a stigma attached to sufferers: it seemed to run(...)

Finance Minister Michael Noonan gave figures last week for Nama’s current spending on lawyers. Photograph: PA

In 1965, having returned from the second Vatican council, the ultra-conservative archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid, reassured his flock that (...)

Ashtown Lodge in Castleknock  on a 25-acre estate

Ashtown Lodge, a 25-acre Castleknock estate and home of the former owners of Merlin Motors, has been sold for a sum of about €5.5 million. The propert(...)