Gradually and for a variety of reasons, the memory of Mary Magdalene changed in the Western church – Actors Pascal Lacey playing the part of Jesus Christ, Margaret Walshas Mary, Eva Mulhare as Mary Magdalene ,and William Byrne, as John the Apostle during the Ballylinan Passion Play on stage at St. Annes Community Hall Ballylinan in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

In a recent letter to The IrishTimes on the subject of mother-and-baby homes, Dr Mary Mullaney wrote: “I visited the chapel [of Seán Ross Abbey] where(...)

Helen Baker, Gloucestershire, seen last night outside the Irish Embassy in London during a silent vigil to demand a public investigation into Ireland’s mother and baby homes. Photograph: Mark Hennessy

The Irish authorities must help the families of children who were sent to the United States for adoption to trace them, the daughter of one woman held(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Philomena Lee  and Senator Claire McCaskill  meet to discuss the  new adoption initiative.

US senator Claire McCaskill has added her support to a campaign to help Irish mothers reunite with US children separated by forced adoption, describin(...)

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(...)

Philomena Lee at the launch of The Philomena Project, a campaign backed by the Adoption Rights Alliance to get the State to grant access to more than 60,000 adoption records for both in-country and Irish-US adopted people and their families, at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Philomena Lee, whose life story was made into an Oscar-nominated film, has called on the Government to release the records of 60,000 adopted children (...)

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in a scene from the film Philomena.

Sorcha PollakThe Irish Government has been called on to release over 60,000 secret adoption files to assist adult children, now living abroad, in trac(...)

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(...)

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 (...)