Philomena Lee, with her son Kevin and daughter Jayne, and Mary Lawlor (right) from Adoption Rights Alliance and The Philomena Project. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

For years Philomena Lee came alone or just with her daughter Jayne to visit her son’s grave in Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Yesterday, sh(...)

Pope Francis meets Philomena Lee and actor Steve Coogan at the Vatican yesterday.

The woman whose determination to find a son given up for adoption in 1950s Ireland inspired the Oscar-nominated movie Philomena, now hopes the Pope wi(...)

Philomena Lee at the launch of the Philomena Project. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

Even now, despite being incarcerated in a family-and-baby home, having her son taken off her and then being lied to about him for the rest of her life(...)

Sr Hildegarde McNulty  with Michael Hess at Seán Ross Abbey, Roscrea, in 1993.

In the growing panoply of Irish religious villains on screen, none is more chillingly depicted than Sr Hildegarde McNulty in the movie Philomena. Port(...)

Judi Dench, star of the movie Philomena, which tells the story of Philomena Lee. Photograph Tim P Whitby/Getty.

The congregation of nuns which ran the mother- and-baby home featured in the film Philomena has denied receiving money for babies put up for adoption.(...)

Actor and comedian Steve Coogan, joins (left to right) Cathy Belton, Tadhg Bowen aged 5, Sean Mahon and Ruth McCabe at the screening of the film Philomena at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin last night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Actor and producer Steve Coogan spoke last night about how his Irish Catholic upbringing in Manchester informed his new film Philomena. Coogan turned (...)