Sr Conchita McDonnell and Sr Monica Devine. They have spent their lives educating the poorest of women. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Idealism, they say, dies with age. This was probably how that elderly former French prime minister Aristide Briand could say the person who wasn’t a s(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

The death of Bernie Guerin (84) meant “the passing of another wonderful Irish mother,” said Fr Michael O’Grady at her funeral Mass in the Church of(...)