President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina listen as Theo Dorgan recites his poem, Waystation, which is part of the Letterfrack Poetry Trail which the President opened. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

in Letterfrack President Michael D Higgins has warned against any attempt to “erase the past” when taking positive initiatives.Speaking in Letterfrack(...)

Drag queen Panti Bliss (AKA Rory O’Neill) has been nominated to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge by two Dublin-based Redemptorist priests. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Two Catholic priests have undertaken the Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, papal nuncio Archbishop(...)

A traditional Irish music session at the London Irish Centre earlier this year

It is safe to say the 500 young people dressed as nuns, bishops, housekeepers and priests in a celebration of Father Ted were not what the founders of(...)

Modern family: Niall Gaffney, Philippa Dunne, Amy Stephenson, Rory Connolly and Shane Langan in ‘The Walshes’

Restaurant reviewers have a rule that they don’t barrel in, fork and sharp knife at the ready, on opening night – it’s only fair to let the pla(...)

 Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster:  “The Miss Ulster competition . . . at its most benign sounds very like ‘Father Ted’s’ Lovely Girls competition.” Photograph: Andrew Towe/DETI/PA Wire

The organiser of the Miss Ulster competition to be held at Stormont on Saturday has rejected claims that the beauty pageant is embarrassing and on a p(...)

Bursary boy: David Zaworski featured in ‘The Scholarship’, which hit a perfect observational balance

Many private schools offer scholarships. Most are based on academic or musical excellence, but Belvedere College, the all-boys Jesuit school in Dublin(...)

My old uniform

My school was Gortnor Abbey in Crossmolina, Co Mayo, where I boarded from Dublin for four years on a scholarship. It was run by the order of Religi(...)

Bertie Ahern: annual subsistence money will plummet from €150,163 to €142,655. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Everyone is feeling the pain. It’s tough out there for former taoisigh, struggling to exist on their pensions. Bertie Ahern is trying as(...)